If you haven’t heard, there’s a rumor going round that Sabine Wren from Star Wars Rebels may appear in the first Star Wars spin-off and could be played by Tatiana Maslany (or Rooney Mara, Kate Mara, and Felicity Jones). Jason already covered the story and displayed an ample amount of skepticism towards it, which he’s only reinforced when talking with him privately. One thing he didn’t mention, which is kind of the deal-breaker for me on the rumor is this: all of those rumored actresses are clearly of Caucasian descent whereas Sabine doesn’t seem to be.
Maybe I’m being naive, but I’d like to think that if they were going to include Sabine in a live-action project (which I personally believe would be awesome), they wouldn’t white-wash her. I know it’s been done before in films like The Last Airbender or the recent Exodus: Gods and Kings, where non-white characters were portrayed by very white actors. But Lucasfilm has given us one animated series with a teenage girl lead, a second series with two kick-ass female supporting roles, and an upcoming movie with a white woman and black man as leads. Lucasfilm seems to me to be a lot more forward thinking than, “Let’s change her ethnicity to white for the sake of it.” That’s why, at the moment, I’m just not buying it.
In addition to that, there’s the “Michael Fassbender as Boba Fett” rumor that Jason also brought up in the Sabine article. He pointed out that Pablo Hildalgo of Lucasfilm’s Story Group already has debunked the “Fett is a mantle to be passed on” part of the rumor, but also Michael Fassbender is contractually obligated to appear in the forthcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. That film is currently ramping up towards production, at about the same time that the first Star Wars spin-off seems to be. Now either both films aren’t shooting at the same time, Fassbender worked out a deal to appear in both films, his supposed Boba Fett movie is the second spin-off and not the first, or the rumor is completely false. I’ll let you be the judge of which scenario is true. (Side note: I’d actually really like to see Fassbender in a Star Wars film. I think he’s a great actor, and more important, he’s a Star Wars fan).