Felicity Jones Eyed for Gareth Edwards’ Standalone Star Wars Film

Although we’re still more than ten months away from the release of the hotly-anticipated “saga” entry Star Wars: The Force Awakens, casting is already underway on Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm Ltd.’s first Star Wars spinoff feature, set to be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards. Today, The Hollywood Reporter brings an exciting update that suggests that Academy Award-nominated actress Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) is in talks to star!

Although the mysterious Star Wars film has been rumored to follow a heist involving the theft of the Death Star plans, few official details regarding Edwards’ film have been made available. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard Jones’ name connected to the project, however. A recent report suggested that the actress was auditioning against the likes of Rooney Mara and Tatiana Maslany. Now said to be in the running for the male lead, however, are “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul and Deliver Us From Evil‘s Edgar Ramirez.

This news arrives just one week after the project added Academy Award nominee Chris Weitz to work on the screenplay, rewriting an initial draft by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli, After Earth).

The film, still without an official title, is set for release on December 16, 2016. Check back for more updates from a galaxy far, far away as they develop.

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