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Star Wars: Episode VIII shortlist includes Tatiana Maslany and Olivia Cooke

09.01.2015
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As the road leading up to STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS grows ever shorter, our anticipation and excitment is beginning to risk elevating the hype to unattainable levels; thus I suggest that we take a step back and focus our attentions on...another Star Wars film! STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII, the follow-up to STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, to be exact.

The Wrap has gotten the scoop on three actresses on the shortlist for a lead in STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII directed by Rian Johnson. They are Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Olivia Cooke (Bate's Motel), and Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin). A representative for Disney declined to comment but The Wrap's sources tell them that these three women will be among a group set to sit down with STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS star John Boyega for a "chemistry-read" before the end of the month.

As the casting is still in its early stages, it's possible that none of these actresses will wind up with the part in the end, but assuming these three really are among Disney's top picks, they've chosen quite the talented group. However, if I had to choose, it'd be Tatiana Maslany all the way. Maslany was rumoured to have been among the actresses who auditioned for Felicity Jones' role in STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE, so she obviously made a strong enough impression to find her name pop up once again for a Star Wars role.

With Benico Del Toro said to be up for a villain role, the second installment of this new Star Wars trilogy could certainly be playing with a wonderful cast when it opens on May 26, 2017.

Of these three, who would you most like to see in a Star Wars film?

Source: The Wrap

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11:12AM on 09/02/2015
I can not stress this enough, Tatiana Maslany is such a great actor. If you've seen Orphan Black you know why. If you haven't I can't explain why, on the account I could ruin the show for you. I so hope Tatiana Maslany gets cast in Star Wars.
I can not stress this enough, Tatiana Maslany is such a great actor. If you've seen Orphan Black you know why. If you haven't I can't explain why, on the account I could ruin the show for you. I so hope Tatiana Maslany gets cast in Star Wars.
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8:10AM on 09/02/2015

I'm Rey makes a jump to the dark side

or she's getting trained by Luke which is why they require another female lead to fill in the gap.
or she's getting trained by Luke which is why they require another female lead to fill in the gap.
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9:52AM on 09/02/2015
Why do you assume Rey is even going to be a Jedi? Everything we've seen so far suggests that Finn is the one to become a Jedi. How do you know Rey doesn't become the pseudo Han Solo of this new trilogy?
Why do you assume Rey is even going to be a Jedi? Everything we've seen so far suggests that Finn is the one to become a Jedi. How do you know Rey doesn't become the pseudo Han Solo of this new trilogy?
2:49AM on 09/02/2015

Tatiana Maslany, all the way.

She earned it. She deserves to be a apart of this. Fantastic actress.
She earned it. She deserves to be a apart of this. Fantastic actress.
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12:46AM on 09/02/2015
Maslany all the way. She has definitely proved herself on Orphan Black.
Maslany all the way. She has definitely proved herself on Orphan Black.
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11:22PM on 09/01/2015
So the Clones are back.
So the Clones are back.
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9:13PM on 09/01/2015
Maslany! Time to make the jump.
Maslany! Time to make the jump.
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8:30PM on 09/01/2015
Olivia Cooke would be my pick of the three, but I'm not sure if she's tough enough for the role. She's been terrific in Bates Motel and was also very good in Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl.
Olivia Cooke would be my pick of the three, but I'm not sure if she's tough enough for the role. She's been terrific in Bates Motel and was also very good in Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl.
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