Earlier this month we reported that Disney had dated the second and third installments to the new ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, but now we can confirm the lead for the first stand-alone film outisde of that trilogy.
Both Disney and Lucasfilm have confirmed Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Jones to star in the “Star Wars” standalone movie, which will be directed by Gareth Edwards. The next two installments to the trilogy are set to release in 2017 and 2019.
Fans may know Edwards best for his amazing work on the latest ‘Godzilla’ reboot, he will be directing from a script written by Chris Weitz. On the short-list of other possible actors up for the role, that Jones beatout, were Rooney Mara and Tatiana Maslany. Gary Whitta wrote the first treatment, but was eventually replaced by Weitz.
No story details have been released for the highly-anticipated film, but it the project does have a release date already, scheduled for December 16. As of right now there are two known “Star Wars” spinoffs on the way from Disney, with Jones taking the lead in one of them so far. The unnamed, second standalone film will be under director Josh Trank but no casting details have been confirmed for that film at this time.
When dating the final two installments to the trilogy Iger stated, “As one of the few people allowed to visit the set during filming….and one of the fewer who’s seen most of the footage…I can assure the millions of Star Wars fans who have spent the last decade hoping for a new movie this one will be worth the wait. And it’s only the beginning of a new era of exceptional Star Wars storytelling; next year we’ll release our first standalone movie based on these characters, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII in 2017, and we’ll finish this trilogy with Episode IX in 2019.”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” is the next feature in the standard storyline, though there are no details on how the standalone films will tie-into the new trilogy. There have been no confirmations regarding the time-period that the standalone films will take place in, within the Star Wars universe. ‘The Force Awakens’ will take place 30 years after the events in “Return of the Jedi.” Disney will be supplying a lot of new material for the Star Wars brand, which it paid $4 billion for in total.
Felicity Jones was recently in The ‘Theory of Everything’ as Jane Hawking, she will also appear in ‘Autobahn,’ ‘A Monster Calls’ and ‘The Inferno’ over the next few years.