Maslany, Rodriguez, Cooke Up For “Star Wars”

Three of TV’s strongest young women are said to be the top contenders for the female lead role in Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII”.

“Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez, “Orphan Black” Golden Globe nominee Tatiana Maslany, and “Bates Motel” scene stealer Olivia Cooke are all said to be in contention for the role.

All three will be among a group of women slated to do a chemistry-read with current star John Boyega before the end of the month. Johnson is still auditioning actresses though so several more will likely be in contention.

Maslany has an inside track, she was a finalist for the lead role in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” though that part ultimately went to Felicity Jones.

Benicio del Toro is nearing a deal to play the villain in the film and production kicks off early next year. Disney and Lucasfilm will release the film on May 26th 2017.

In related news, budding filmmaker Eric Demeusy has crafted a short but quite spectacular fan-trailer for a Boba Fett solo movie he dubs “Star Wars: The New Republic Anthology”. The clip sees Fett escaping the Sarlacc Pit at the end of “Return of the Jedi”:

Source: The Wrap