Are Rooney Mara & Tatiana Maslany Joining the ‘Star Wars’ Universe?

by Stacy Lambe 5:58 AM PST, January 21, 2015
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The new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, is not even out yet and plans are already underway to make one of Disney's many planned stand-alone films.

The first, which is to be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), has already begun casting. The Hollywood Reporter says that both Rooney Mara and Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany are testing for the film.

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Both actresses are on a list of starlets, including The Theory of Everything and Oscar-nominated star Felicity Jones, being considered for the female lead.

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Just last week the Edwards-helmed project lost its main screenwriter when Gary Whitta left after reportedly completing the first draft of the script.

“The film is going to be amazing,” Witta said in a statement. But little is known about the new film.

While the details, such as its focus (Yoda, Han Solo, Boba Fett?), are being kept under very tight wraps, the film does has a release date: Dec. 16, 2016.

Mara can next be seen in Pan, the live action adaptation of Peter Pan co-starring Hugh Jackman. Meanwhile, Orphan Black is set to return to BBC on Apr. 18, 2015.

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What do you think? Are you in favor of Mara or Maslany? Does the addition of Maslany excite or prompt too many “Attack of the Clone Wars” references?