STAR WARS NEWS: Felicity Jones Cast as Lead in Gareth Edwards Spin-Off | FanboysInc

STAR WARS NEWS: Felicity Jones Cast as Lead in Gareth Edwards Spin-Off

By Muuka Muyumba

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Oscar-nominee Felicity Jones, who gained her nomination from her role as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything, has been cast as the lead in Gareth Edwards‘ Star Wars spin-off film.

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Jones is said to have beat out Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Rooney Mara. Edwards (“Godzilla”) is directing the 3D feature, with Chris Weitz penning the script. Weitz replaced Gary Whitta, who wrote the first version of the screenplay.

The film is slated to debut on December 16, 2016 and rumored to focus on a female bounty hunter, possibly a Mandalorian, and possibly the character Sabine from Star Wars Rebels.