A few months back it was reported that Star Wars Episode 8 Director Rian Jonson (Looper, Brick) has compiled a shortlist of young actresses who are testing for the lead female role in Episode 8, the role will also be the love interest of John Boyega’s character Finn.
The Shortlist included Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Olivia Cooke (Me And earl And The Dying Girl) have all been in heavy rotation of testing and chemistry reads for the female lead, now Deadline is reporting that another highly acclaimed and talented actress has joined the three ladies.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle, Beyond The Lights) is now also in the running for the female lead role. Gugu is a very talented actress I first saw in Beyond The Lights and was pretty shocked by what a raw talent she is. She was also in Jupiter Ascending but the less said about trainwreck the better.
Apparently now, according to Latino Review, the four actresses are all competing for two separate female lead roles. Now if it were up to me (and let’s all thank God that it isn’t) I would probably choose Gugu and Gina Rodriguez for the roles, base clearly on what I have seen from them. I haven’t seen any work from Maslany or Cooke so I guess my judgement is somewhat one sided.
Anyway I look forward to whomever gets the gig.
Star Wars Episode 8 will be released in theaters May 8th, 2017 and stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Benicio Del Toro.
Source: Latino Review