We’ve got another Star Wars movie slowly getting ready to begin production. The female lead shortlist for Star Wars: Episode VIII has gone down to actresses Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), and Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl).
According to The Wrap, there are a few other unnamed actresses who are auditioning for the role, but it looks like Rodriguez, Maslany and Cooke are the ones ahead of the pack that are being considered. Production on the film is set to begin early next year, so we’ll know before the year is out.
Academy Award winner Benicio del Toro seems to be getting close to a deal to play the villain in Star Wars: Episode VIII, for which plot details remain unknown. However, the Internet seems to think that Han Solo’s daughter could be introduced in the film.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is being directed by Rian Johnson. The film, set for release May 26, 2017. But before Episode VIII, we have Star Wars: The Force Awakens which will debut in theaters in December of 2015 and stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong and Miltos Yerolemou.