Newswire: Shortlist for Star Wars: Episode VIII female lead includes Virgin and Orphan

In an exclusive report, The Wrap has revealed that Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII is zeroing in on its female lead. Here’s the requisite disclaimer that it’s still very early in the casting process…blah, blah…be wary of rumors…blah, blah…Disney declined to officially comment…blah, blah. And now that we’ve both raised and tempered your expectations, we can tell you that Jane The Virgins Gina Rodriguez, Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, and Bates Motel‘s Olivia Cooke are reportedly on the shortlist for the role.

The Wrap has it on the authority of “others” that Johnson will actually bring in several actresses to chemistry-read with The Force Awakens star John Boyega, but that Maslany, Rodriguez, and Cooke are the top contenders for the role. There’s no other info on who the character might be, other than someone who apparently gets …

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