Felicity Jones is officially in talks for one of the Star Wars standalone films from Lucasfilm and Disney.
The actress has reportedly undergone a series of quiet readings and tests, according a Hollywood Reporter exclusive. The name of the role is not yet known and it is unclear which character the standalone will center on. Sources say Aaron Paul and Edgar Ramirez are being eyed for the male lead.
Disney had no comment.
Spinoff Online first got word of Disney’s interest in Jones two weeks ago. Tatiana Maslany and Rooney Mara were among those being considered for the role.
Jones is up for an Oscar in the best actress category due to her portrayal of Jane Hawking, Stephen Hawking’s wife, in The Theory of Everything. True Story, her film with James Franco and Jonah Hill, just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and she is currently shooting A Monster Calls with Liam Neeson and Toby Kebbell.
Gareth Edwards is attached to direct the project and Chris Weitz is on board to write. Weitz replaces Gary Whitta, who wrote the first draft.
The film is scheduled for a December 16, 2016 release.
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