Kate Mara, Rooney Mara Among Those Rumored for “Star Wars” Spinoff


Fans have eagerly awaited any news surrounding the forthcoming Gareth Edwards helmed Star Wars film, slated for release in December of 2016. Recently, it was confirmed that screenwriter Gary Whitta had removed himself from the project, having finished writing the story for the first Star Wars “standalone”.

Sisters Rooney Mara and Kate Mara.

Earlier this week, The Hollywood Reporter posted a story on rumors surrounding the casting process for the next Star Wars movie.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

"Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Tatiana Maslany, the Canadian actress who stars as multiple replicants in BBC America’s hit series Orphan Black, is testing for the female lead in the Star Wars spinoff that is being directed by Gareth Edwards.Rooney Mara, who starred in the David Fincher version of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is also due to test this week among a handful of others, according to multiple sources.Additionally Felicity Jones, who just received an Oscar nomination for best actress for her work in The Theory of Everything, is said to be on the want list, although there may be scheduling issues with Inferno, the Da Vinci Code sequel that Ron Howard is due to direct this spring and summer."

Tatiana Maslany is rumored to be up for a Star Wars role.

Following up on the story, Chris Agar of Screen Rant reported on a tweet from Variety’s Justin Kroll naming Kate Mara as a fourth actress who is being tested for a role in the new film.

From the Screen Rant report:

"If Rooney is in the running for a role, it appears that she’ll have to deal with a sibling rivalry. That’s because her sister Kate Mara has also tested for that part, according to Justin Kroll of Variety:Wednesday, January 21st 20156:48pm EST“Twitter Scoop following @Borys_Kit STAR WARS testing story from yesterday, hearing the fourth girl who tested is Rooney’s sister, Kate Mara“~ @krolljvar"

Felicity Jones is rumored to be up for a role in Star Wars.

It’s still very early for any casting rumors to be confirmed, nor is it clear as to what type of roles any of these young up and coming actresses would be filling. For now, fans are left to simply speculate on these reports.

What do you think of these latest casting rumors, Dork Siders? Do you enjoy the acting from Kate Mara, Rooney Mara, Felicity Jones or Tatiana Maslany?

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