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Felicity Jones to lead first Star Wars spin-off

While we wait for The Force Awakens with baited breath, we're now getting through more detail on NEXT year's Star Wars installment - the pre-New Hope spin off that was previously rumoured to focus on Boba Fett (THE most over-hyped character in any film ever?) or Han Solo.

Today it's looking likely that Theory of Everything's Oscar nominee Felicity Jones has landed, or is very close to landing) the lead role. The story is now rumoured to focus on the stealing of the Death Star plans that led to the Episode IV assault. Putting two and two together, and maybe getting twelve, we get the feeling Jones will be playing a certain royal offspring of Anakin Skywalker.

Casting is still underway for other roles and both Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Edgar Ramirez (The Evil Dead) are rumoured to be shortlisted.

Star Wars 2016 is directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and written by Chris Weitz (Antz) possibly based on an earlier screenplay by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli). It will be in UK cinemas on 16th December 2016.

A further two spin-offs are scheduled to appear in 2018 and 2020, the first is to be directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle). There are also two further films in the main sequel trilogy being released on 2017 and 2019 and both are to be directed by Rian Johnson (Looper).

Source The Hollywood Reporter

Star Wars

Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams. This was follows in the main Star Wars saga by Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi with the final film of the sequel trilogy, Episode IX, due in cinemas in December 2019 with J J Abrams back at the helm,A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One, which was followed in 2018 by Ron Howard's Solo and a fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson which will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.In addition, there are the animated TV series The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels along with Star Wars Resistance which starts in late 2018 and finally a new live action series currently being developed by Jon Favreau set some time after the events of Return of the Jedi.

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