With “The Force Awakens” making its way through post-production, things are beginning to heat up over at the camp preparing the first of the spin-off stand-alone “Star Wars” films that will fill the gaps between the new trilogy. “Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards is busy developing the film, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, Felicity Jones, Rooney Mara and Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany are all testing for a lead role.
It’s early days of course, and nothing is known about the plot or the character that the various actresses are auditioning to play. As is now standard for the Star Wars movies, most of the details are still tightly locked away.
And Edwards has already been busy looking at actors for the film, with testing underway in the UK and America. Jones, of course, has had a career boost with her Oscar nomination for “The Theory Of Everything”, but she’s in demand and might have a filming conflict. Mara, still best known for David Fincher’s version of “The Girl With The Dragoon Tattoo”, is another strong possibility, and Maslany has proven her acting chops playing multiple roles on the sci-fi show.
The film is currently putting out the ‘Writer Wanted’ sign, as first-draft man Gary Whitta left the project recently. He’ll need to be replaced soon as production needs to kick into gear ready for a December 16, 2016 release date.
18. Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Delicacy is a rarity in Oscar-baiting biopics. To be noticed is to lay it (being the acting or the prosthetic makeup) on thick. So while Eddie Redmayne’s dedication to becoming the famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking draws our eyes, it’s Jones, as Hawking’s lovestruck, challenged and frustrated wife Jane who gives the film purpose. Emotionally yanked like a Stretch Armstrong, Jones supplies the charm it takes to keep Jane’s actions from playing like betrayal. Her love expands, her relationships complicate. Even if it happens behind closed doors, we understand the Hawkings’ lives based on everything Jane does during her daily routine.
Felicity Jones (“The Theory Of Everything”) is in early talks to star opposite Tom Hanks in Ron Howard’s “Inferno”. Picture will be the third installment based on the Dan Brown series of novels best known for the blockbuster “The Da Vinci Code” book and film.
In “Inferno”, Harvard symbologist Henry Langdon (Hanks) awakens in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up with Sienna Brooks, the role Jones is being considered for, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s Inferno.
Sony Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have enjoyed strong global returns from both “Da Vinci Code” and follow-up (and prequel) “Angels And Demons”. Brian Grazer produces alongside Howard. David Koepp wrote the script.
Jones is fast positioning herself as one of Britain’s most exciting young actresses, generating strong notices for her turn as Jane Hawking in Working Title’s awards-season contender “The Theory Of Everything”. She recently wrapped “Autobahn” for up-and-coming Brit helmer Eran Creevy (“Welcome To The Punch”) and is in production on Juan Antonio Bayona’s much-anticipated dark fairytale “A Monster Calls”.
Jones is repped by WME and Independent Talent Group.