‘Star Wars’ Standalone Movie Casting: Tatiana Maslany, Rooney Mara, and Felicity Jones testing

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OH GOD. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. We may get some Orphan Black in our Galaxy Far, Far Away. This is glorious.


Gareth Edwards has begun testing actresses for a lead role in his 2016 Star Wars standalone movie. There’s no word what the role is but The Hollywood Reporter reports Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany, Girl With the Dragon Tattoostar Rooney Mara, and recent Oscar nominee Felicity Jones are all testing for a part in the film.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the potential Tatiana Maslany Star Wars news. According to the piece, these are just three actresses testing for the role and Jones might not be able to commit because she’s already cast in Ron Howard’s Inferno.

Edwards’ Star Wars standalone will be the second Star Wars movie out of the gate, scheduled for release December 16, 2016. It starts filming this Spring at Pinewood Studios outside London. Gary Whitta wrote the first draft of the script and since then Simon Kinberg has reportedly taken over some writing duties.

The official plot of the film has yet to be revealed but we were the first to report it most likely will be about a group of characters, potentially bounty hunters, stealing the plans for the first Death Star.

Sources for The Hollywood Reporter did not confirm that plot, nor did they confirm Kinberg’s involvement, both of which we broke here on /Film. They did say testing for the film began in the UK and is now happening in the US.

As for these actresses, they are all seriously talented and seriously intimidating. You’d have to think, though Mara is the bigger name stateside, fans would be pulling for Maslany to break out of her major TV role on Orphan Black. She’s got a huge following and chameleon-like ability to play all sorts of roles, as evidenced by the role on that hit show, which returns in April.

Seriously. Give me Tatiana Maslany or give me death. Well, no. I don’t want to die. But I would cream my ragged pantaloons if this came true.