When Disney bought Lucasfilm they quickly announced not just that they would produce a new trilogy continuing the main Star Wars story arc, but that in the years between those films would be standalone movies. One of those even has a director – Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards – and it’s even gotten to the point where they’re starting to look at actors.
According to THR, Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Rooney Mara (Pan) and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) are all set to test for the female lead. However it’s still not known what character they would be playing.
Previous rumours have suggested it would be everything from an origin story for Boba Fett to the tale of a young Han Solo when he was mixed up with a group of space pirates. However if they’re trying to find the female lead first, those rumours could be completely wrong.
It’s suggested that other actresses have also tested, but it’s not clear who, although it appears the early part of the search took place in Britain, before moving to the US. Felicity Jones is apparently high on the want list, but there may be complications with scheduling due to the fact she’s due to shoot Ron Howard’s Inferno this year.
Expect to hear more soon.