Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Rumor: Gina Rodriguez, Tatiana Maslany, Olivia Cooke in Consideration for Lead Role in Episode VIII

By: Dominic Jones

We heard recently that casting was underway for a new young female lead in 2017's Star Wars Episode VIII, now it seems we have the shortlist.  The Wrap is reporting that Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) are on the short list to star in the Rian Johnson directed sequel to The Force Awakens.

According to The Wrap,
"Insiders insist it’s early in the casting process and that Johnson is still auditioning actresses, with several rising stars yet to read for him. Others suggest that Johnson is narrowing down the field and that Rodriguez, Maslany and Cooke will be among a group of girls slated to chemistry-read with “The Force Awakens” star John Boyega before the end of the month."

While I can't say I'm familiar with either Rodriguez or Cooke, both have fairly solid resumes.  As for Maslany, her work from Orphan Black certainly demonstrates she has the acting chops to be in Star Wars. Maslany was previously on the shortlist for the lead role in the first Anthology film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  While the part ultimately went to Felicity Jones, it seems Maslany may have impressed some of the creatives at Lucasfilm who then suggested her for this role.

As always, this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney.

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