Way back in early February, it hit the trades that Felicity Jones will be taking the female lead in the once Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off movie. Now, Disney and LucasFilm have finally confirmed that casting news with an official press release. They have also announced that the official title is Rogue One, and as previously reported by the studios, it will hit theaters in December 2016.
The news was announced by Bob Iger, who hosted a shareholder meeting this morning at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, across the street from Lucasfilm. The Disney chairman and CEO called this the first stand-alone movie in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. Rogue One is confirmed to be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz).Read More
This morning at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, across the street from Lucasfilm, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger hosted a shareholder meeting where he announced news regarding the first Star Wars stand-alone movie. Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga.
Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz). The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in The Theory of Everything. The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic.Read More
After a number of secretive tests and readings, Disney has chosen Felicity Jones to be the female lead in their Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off, despite an unconfirmed report from last week that indicated Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany had already been cast. No deal has been solidified yet, but Felicity Jones is in early talks for the role, beating out Maslany and other actresses such as Rooney Mara and Kate Mara. No details regarding the female lead character were revealed.
The Hollywood Reporter also reports that actors Aaron Paul and Edgar Ramirez are among those Disney is interested for the male lead, although that has not been confirmed by Disney. Aaron Paul had been rumored to star in the spinoff since late December, claims the actor neither confirmed nor denied in a tweet from last month.Read More
Just a few weeks after writer Gary Whitta completed his first draft of the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off, the project is now shifting into casting mode, with actresses such as Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Rooney Mara (Pan) and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) all currently in contention for the female lead. Tatiana Maslany has already read for the role, with Rooney Mara slated to test later this week along with "a handful of others." Felicity Jones is said to be on the studio's "want list," but there may be complications with her commitments to director Ron Howard's Inferno.
Insiders claim that testing for the female lead already took place in the U.K. last month, but the casting has now shifted to the U.S. The U.K. casting session makes sense, since we reported in June that the project will be shot in London, although it isn't clear if there are currently any front runners for the role. Naturally, no story or character details have been revealed, although an unconfirmed rumor surfaced last month that the plot follows a group of space pirates, centering on a young Han Solo, and earlier rumors claimed the plot focused on the bounty hunter Boba Fett.Read More
Felicity Jones had a minor role as Felicia in the overstuffed The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It was never quite confirmed that she was actually playing Felicia Hardy, though that was strongly hinted at. Even with her limited screen time, fans liked what they saw, and many were excited to see her fully transform into Black Cat in a future movie, whether it be The Amazing Spider-Man 3, The Sinister Six or an all-female spinoff. But that may not come to pass. Is Sony planning a complete reboot of all their characters? That's highly possible. What do you think? Should Sony keep Felicity Jones as Black Cat? Should she be recast if Andrew Garfield gets recast as Peter Parker? Or should they just do away with the character all together?
Spider-Man comes to theaters July 28th, 2017.Read More
Felicity Jones, who is getting awards season buzz for her performance in The Theory of Everything, is in early talks to star in Sony Pictures' Inferno. The project is the third adaptation of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon novels, following The Da Vinci Code (2006) and Angels & Demons (2009). Tom Hanks is reprising his role as Robert Langdon in this adaptation.
This story follows Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, who wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, having no idea how he got there. He works with a local doctor, Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) to recover his memory and stop a nefarious plot to unleash a global plague, which is connected to Dante Alighieri's classic 14th Century poem Inferno. Dan Brown's original novel was published in May 2013.Read More