Aaron Paul and Edgar Ramirez are reportedly two of the actors Disney is interested in for the male lead role in their Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off. This is the first we're hearing of Edgar Ramirez being in the running for the project, but a rumor from late December revealed that Aaron Paul had already been set to star in the spinoff. The actor himself wouldn't confirm or deny the report in a tweet he sent out back in early January.
The original rumor claimed that director Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spinoff centers on a group of space pirates, including a young Han Solo, although the report didn't indicate if Aaron Paul was playing Han Solo or not. There have also been rumors that the plot includes both Han Solo and the bounty hunter Boba Fett. There are also unconfirmed details from earlier today that claim the female lead character, who Felicity Jones is in talks to play, is actually Sabine Wren, who is currently featured on the Disney XD animated TV series Star Wars Rebels.
Gareth Edwards is directing from a script by Gary Whitta, which is currently being rewritten by Chris Weitz. It isn't known exactly when production will begin, but Disney has already set a December 16, 2016 release date for the spinoff. After his five-season run on Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul starred in four features last year, Need for Speed, Hellion, A Long Way Down and Exodus: Gods and Kings. He will next be seen in Triple Nine, Eye in the Sky and The 9th Life of Louis Drax. Edgar Ramirez is coming off roles in Deliver Us from Evil and The Liberator, and he will next be seen in Point Break, Joy and Hands of Stone.