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Hot on the heels of an Oscar nomination for her luminous performance as Jane Wilde in Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, Felicity Jones has eclipsed competitors including Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, The Fantastic Four‘s Kate Mara and Side Effects‘ Rooney Mara for the lead role in an as-of-yet-untitled Star Wars spinoff.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Lucasfilm and Disney zeroed in on the acclaimed actress after a series of highly secretive readings and screen tests. An offer has gone out to Jones, who is currently in talks to star.
Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) will direct from a script by the recently-hired Chris Weitz (About a Boy). The project has been in the works for over a year, with Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) having penned a previous draft for the stand-alone pic.
- Isaac Feldberg
Over the past week, various sites picked up a barely sourced rumor that "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany had won the lead role in the brewing "Star Wars" spinoff slated to be directed by Gareth Edwards. It's true that she was in the running along with Rooney Mara and Kate Mara, but the gig has gone to Felicity Jones. THR reports that the Oscar-nominated "The Theory Of Everything" actress has bagged the role. An unconfirmed rumor has Chris Weitz writing the script for the movie that's rumored to be about a group of bounty hunters who steal the plans for the Death Star. Meanwhile, Aaron Paul (recently rumored to play a young Han Solo, which he has denied) and Edgar Ramirez are being tossed around as potential candidates for the male lead. That's all for now. But much more will be coming as this film gears up to start production. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With J.J. Abrams. Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the final stretch, so much of Disney.s attention will turn to the first of the planned solo, standalone films that had been farmed out to upcoming talents. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards goes first, and the recent rumors that he way eyeing Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany might have been premature. THR now goes on record to say that Felicity Jones, currently enjoying an Oscar nomination for The Theory of Everything, is "in talks to star in the project" as the female lead. Jones could star alongside Aaron Paul and/or Edgar Ramirez, both of whom are in the running for the male lead. Felicity Jones has been a sought-after talent ever since breaking on the scene in Drake Doremus. indie weeper Like Crazy. Though she is no stranger to blockbusters, having held down a small role in last summer »
A couple weeks ago, a small collection of actresses were reported to be testing for a led role in the developing standalone Star Wars spin-off that's already slated for release on December 16th, 2016, one year after Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives. Now THR reports that Oscar nominee Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) is officially in talks for the role, though obviously specifics on her character are kept under tight wraps. All we know is she beat out Tatiana Maslany, Rooney Mara and Kate Mara for the role after they were all reading and testing for the role in La. The hunt is also on for a lead actor in the film, and the trade mentions that Aaron Paul and Edgar Ramirez are on a shortlist of potential candidates, but they aren't the only ones in the running. Again, there are no official details »
- Ethan Anderton
After a number of secretive tests and readings, Disney has chosen Felicity Jones to be the female lead in their Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off, despite an unconfirmed report from last week that indicated Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany had already been cast. No deal has been solidified yet, but Felicity Jones is in early talks for the role, beating out Maslany and other actresses such as Rooney Mara and Kate Mara. No details regarding the female lead character were revealed.
The Hollywood Reporter also reports that actors Aaron Paul and Edgar Ramirez are among those Disney is interested for the male lead, although that has not been confirmed by Disney. Aaron Paul had been rumored to star in the spinoff since late December, claims the actor neither confirmed nor denied in a tweet from last month.
The only confirmed information we have about the spinoff is that »
Recent reports said that a set of young women including Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black were reading for a central role in the Star Wars spin-off film to be directed by Gareth Edwards. But counter to previous rumors, it won’t be Maslany who gets the lead role. The first official Star Wars spin-off casting news is out, […]
- Russ Fischer
Felicity Jones has been making waves for some time, but 2014 was clearly a breakout year as she landed an Oscar nomination for her role in The Theory of Everything and now she's beat out the likes of Rooney Mara, Kate Mara and Tatiana Maslany ("Orphan Black") for the lead female role in Gareth Edwards' (Godzilla) Untitled Star Wars Project. It's an interesting announcement considering many outlets were reporting over recent days that Maslany had the role. That said, new rumors suggest Maslany may still be in the running to play a character named Sabine Wren, a character from the animated "Star Wars: Rebels" series. THR has the report and while there are no concrete details on what the plot of the film will be, one recent report says it will focus on a group of bounty hunters prepping to steal the plans for the Death Star. Add to that, »
- Brad Brevet
We know that Gareth Edwards' untitled Star Wars spinoff will be released next December, but that's about it! Rumour has it that a group of bounty hunters and the plans for the first Death Star may be somehow involved with the plot, but that's only a rumour as of right now. Regardless, the cast appears to be coming together with Felicity Jones now in talks to star in the mysterious project. She was among the actresses (the others being Tatiana Maslany and Rooney Mara) testing for the role last week, but she now appears to be the frontrunner. The Hollywood Reporter adds that both Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Edgar Ramirez (Deliver Us From Evil) are "on the interest list" for the male lead. Could those rumours about Paul playing Han Solo be true? Probably not, but it looks like Jesse Pinkman will soon be heading into a Galaxy Far, »
It seems that rumors that Tatiana Maslany has been offered the lead role in Gareth Edwards's still-untitled "Star Wars" spin-off film may have been premature: The Hollywood Reporter is now writing that Oscar nominee Felicity Jones, not Maslany, is the frontrunner for the part.
THR reports that the "Theory of Everything" star is currently in talks with Disney about the female lead role in the top-secret project. While THR says that Maslany was indeed in the running, as was Rooney Mara, it seems that Jones is currently the number one choice for the gig.
There's still no official word on just what character the standalone "Wars" flick will focus, though rumors have run the gamut from Boba Fett to Han Solo. According to THR, Edwards's flick is believed to have Aaron Paul and Edgar Ramirez on the shortlist for the male lead.
Considering how many times this casting has been "confirmed, »
- Katie Roberts
Michael B. Jordan in “Fruitvale Station.” Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley in “The Spectacular Now.” Oscar nominees Quvenzhané Wallis and Abigail Breslin in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” respectively.
All of those performances were once the talk of Sundance, where stars threaten to break-out each year. The 2015 edition of the frosty festival is no different, with no shortage of young stars poised to launch their careers in Park City and make a name for themselves in Hollywood. »
- Jeff Sneider
Venezuela’s economy may be in turmoil but its film community is rejoicing. “The Liberator,” a sweeping biopic about South American independence icon Simon Bolivar, is the first Venezuelan pic ever shortlisted for a foreign-language film Oscar.
“Just making it to this list is a great honor,” said the pic’s helmer-producer Alberto Arvelo. This is not the first time he’s had a crack at the prize. His earlier pics “One Life and Two Trails” and “A House With a View of the Sea” repped Venezuela at the Academy Awards in 1998 and 2002, respectively.
“The Liberator” features another great source of national pride for Venezuela: L.A. Philharmonic music director and conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Dudamel composed the score — his first — and like Arvelo, is a graduate of Venezuela’s lauded music education program, El Sistema. They have been friends ever since Arvelo interviewed him for “To Play and to Fight, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
As Deliver Us From Evil lands on disc in the UK, we look back at key lessons the movies teach us about possession...
The idea of demonic possession goes back thousands of years, to before we had film. Most religions carry their own interpretation of what it means for a person to be 'possessed' by a demon or a spirit and it's a complicated, arcane subject shrouded in mystery and ritual.
The Sumerians, thousands of years before Christ, believed all diseases were caused by 'sickness demons' and had their sorcerers attempt early exorcisms as cures. The Quran talks extensively of Jinn (demons) that can drive people to insanity and may only be expelled via worship. In the Bible, Satan and his demons are very much at large using human beings as vessels for devilish deeds. Jesus casts a whole bunch of them out before he's accused of being demon-possessed himself »
Alberto Arvelo entrusted the film score for “The Liberator,” Venezuela’s Oscar entry, to a young composer who’d never before written music for film — but it was a pretty safe gamble on the part of the director, because the first-timer happened to be Gustavo Dudamel, the musical director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and one of the most vital and exciting figures in the world of classical music.
His presence at screenings and events certainly helped raise the profile of the epic film, in which actor Edgar Ramirez plays the South American revolutionary Simon Bolivar. And when the nine-film »
- Steve Pond
Stars: Eric Bana, Joel McHale, Édgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn, Chris Coy, Dorian Missick, Sean Harris, Mike Houston, Lulu Wilson | Written by Scott Derrickson, Paul Harris Boardman | Directed by Scott Derrickson
Sometimes it can be easy to dismiss a horror film simply based on the premise. By now we have seen nearly every type or person and inanimate object possessed by some sort of demon or demonic presence. However, all genres are just as guilty of sticking with stereotypical tropes. The key is how those tropes are executed. Director Scott Derrickson’s latest film Deliver Us From Evil is far from groundbreaking, but it at least subverts expectations enough to create something worth watching.
In many ways Deliver Us From Evil is a crime drama with a few occasional supernatural elements. Eric Bana plays Sarchie, a veteran police officer with a special talent for solving disturbing crimes. His partner, played by »
- Dan Clark
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