Lucasfilm is going big on the casting front for their first standalone film. Actresses Tatiana Maslany, Rooney Mara and Felicity Jones are in contention for the female lead in the first upcoming “Star Wars” standalone film according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The details of the characters and plot for the upcoming film are being kept under wraps. Maslany has already tested for the role with Mara expected to soon. Jones is being sought for the role, but scheduling conflicts may keep her out of the running.
Currently there are two standalone “Star Wars” films in development, one with Gareth Edwards at the helm while the other will be directed by Josh Trank. Edwards’ film, which is set to be released December 16, 2016, is the one these actresses are testing for.
The film is also seeking screenwriters after Garry Whitta left the project after the first draft was completed.
Maslany skyrocketed to stardom after her breakout roles as several clones on BBC America’s “Orphan Black.” Mara has been in several films including “Girl With the Drago Tattto” and “Side Effects.” 2014’s hit “The Theroy of Everything” put Jones on the map in a serious way. Her other credits include “The Amazing Spiderman 2” and “Like Crazy.”