Felicity Jones is currently in talks to star in the first Star Wars standalone film that Disney/Lucasfilm has targeted for a December 16, 2016 release date. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will be directing the first solo, standalone film in the franchise. Chris Weitz is currently working on the screenplay, following Gary Whitta, who penned the first draft.
Jones, who currently is a Best Actress nominee for this year’s Academy Awards for her role in The Theory Of Everything, is reported to have beat out the likes of Rooney Mara and Tatiana Maslany for the role. Jones’s casting is the first such announcement for the film. The Hollywood Reporter, who broke the news of Jones’ casting, are stating that sources have told them that Aaron Paul and Edgar Ramirez are being considered for the male lead role.
Story details for the first spinoff film, which will premier in-between the re 2015 and 2017 releases of the seventh and eight installments of the main Star Wars saga, are scarce. Not so scarce are the number of rumors of possible plots, with everything from tales of the early days of the likes fan favorite characters Han Solo, Boba Fett and Yoda to a story of how spies stole the plans to the evil Galactic Empire’s Death Star, an event that preceded the events of the original Star Wars film.
Further standalone films will follow, with Chronicle and Fantastic Four director Josh Trank on board for one that will premier in December 2018.