Disney has chosen Oscar Nominated actress Felicity Jones (Theory Of Everything) to lead the new standalone Star Wars film being directed by Gareth Edwards. Edwards, the director of the recent Godzilla film, will be working from a script originally written by Gary Whitta and now in the hands of Chris Weitz. No specifics about the film or who Jones will be playing have been released.
Jones was one of a handful of actresses being considered for the role. Two other names that had come up were Rooney Mara and Tatiana Maslany.