Star Wars Episode 8 makes a female lead shortlist

Tatiana Maslany, Gina Rodriguez and Olivia Cooke are in the running for Star Wars Episode VIII

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Tatiana Maslany, Gina Rodriguez and Olivia Cooke, AKA your dream coven

With just under four months left until the release of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (aaaaah!), Disney has already compiled its shortlist of possibles for Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII female lead.

Orphan Black‘s criminally underrated star Tatiana Maslany is on the list, which is unsurprising seeing as 1) she’s excellent, and 2) she was also in the running to be playing Felicity Jones’ character in Star Wars spin-off Rogue One earlier this year.

Joining Maslany as hopefuls are the brilliant Gina Rodriguez of Jane The Virgin fame and Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel, Ouija), who is also supposedly in the running for the female lead in Spielberg’s Ready Player One.

According the Wrap, “insiders insist it’s early in the casting process and that Johnson is still auditioning actresses, with several rising stars yet to read for him. Others suggest that Johnson is narrowing down the field and that Rodriguez, Maslany and Cooke will be among a group of girls slated to chemistry-read with The Force Awakens star John Boyega before the end of the month.”

Personally, we’d be ecstatic with any of these choices. You done good, Disney.

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