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Tatiana Maslany's Alters Split the Vote, Felicity Jones Runs Away with the Lead in 'Star Wars' Spin-Off

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | February 3, 2015 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | February 3, 2015 |


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Refresher: J.J. Abrams has a Star Wars movie coming out in December. Rian Johnson will direct Star Wars Episode VIII in 2017.

Then there are spin-off movies that will arrive in theaters in the years between the Star Wars movies. Gareth Edwards will direct the first spin-off, out in 2016, while Josh Trank will direct the second, due out in 2018, unless of course The Fantastic Four reboot completely tanks and Disney decides that Trank might better serve them as a “consultant.”

Anyway, this news concerns the Gareth Edwards spin-off, out in 2016, which he will tackle before Godzilla 2, out in 2018. Last week, it was reported that Tatiana Maslany would get the lead in this spin-off. That apparently was not true. Maslany, however, was up for the role, but she lost out to Felicity Jones, who is willowy and one of those brunettes who look like gingers and lacks the ass-kicking ability of Maslany.

Meanwhile, Aaron Paul — according to The Wrap — is being eyed for the male lead. There were rumors at one point that Paul might play a young Han Solo, but it appears that this spin-off film will center on the family of Boba Fett.

Personally, I think that Jones was chosen over Maslany because Maslany is more imposing than Paul, and we live in a matriarchal society, but I’m just spitballing.

Chris Weitz, meanwhile, is rewriting Gary Whitta’s screenplay because nothing says sci-fi soap opera like the guy behind About a Boy.

You will forget all of this by the time that Aaron Paul is announced, and I will have to repeat it all over again, won’t I?

Source: The Wrap


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