THR says that Star Wars‘ first stand-alone spin-off probably has its lead:
After a series of hush-hush readings and tests, Lucasfilm and Disney have zeroed in on Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Jones for the female lead in the Star Wars stand-alone film.
UPDATE: Variety now says she has the role:
This makes the most sense to me as Tatiana Maslany has had every indication she did not get the part in our circles, from Hollywood to Canada to a source in London we’ve heard she was out over the last week. Jones was also up for a role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2013.
Sources say that Aaron Paul and Edgar Ramirez are on the interest list for the male lead.
Aaron Paul has been a name I’ve heard for a very long while now. Our Aaron Paul sources always said this movie was a Han Solo film. Its kind of nice to see after the Aaron Paul denial recently:
— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) January 3, 2015
However, Edgar Ramirez is totally news to me.
Thanks to Star Ocean for the heads up!