Earlier this week we learned that Rooney Mara, Felicity Jones and Tatiana Maslany were testing for the female lead in Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spin-off #1.
Variety reporter Justin Kroll said via his Twitter that Mara's sister and "House of Cards" co-star Kate Mara apparently tested for the role as well. There are no details about the character yet.
We recently found out that Gary Whitta is no longer writing the film. Slashfilm suggests that Simon Kinberg ("X-Men: Days of Future Past," "Sherlock Holmes," "Mr. and Mrs. Smith") will take on the job--though nothing is official.
Kinberg is the logical choice-since he created and serves as executive producer on Star Wars Rebels animated series. He also served as a consultant on J J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" and was previously hired to pen another of the upcoming "Star Wars" films.
A while back chatter suggested the film will feature a team of bounty hunters and include a young Han Solo and his wookie co-pilot Chewbacca.Then
more noise came that suggested the spinoff will focus on a team of
bounty hunters hired by the Rebels to steal the plans of the first Death Star, as a result viewers would see the Millennium Falcon in action during the movie.
Sources for Bad Ass Digest now say that the film "is about a group of 'pirates' as opposed to 'bounty hunters,' which could easily include young Mr. Solo." So rather than focusing on a group of characters like those we saw in "The Empire Strikes Back," we'd follow a team of likable rogues akin to James Gunn's film adaptation of Marvel 's Guardians of the Galaxy"
No plot details have been officially disclosed yet. Disney/Lucasfilm did not comment on the hiring of a new writer. Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul is rumored to star in the film. His role in the film was not specified.The actor used Twitter to deny the rumor.
Production on the project is expected to get underway at Pinewood Studio sometime in 2015, likely after the currently shooting James Bond film "Spectre" wraps. It is currently targeting a December 16th 2016 release.