Back in September, reports came in that Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) were in competition for an unspecified role in Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII. A month later, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion) was added to the shortlist. Four days after that, Collider claimed that Gugu got a part in the film, though, they weren't sure if it was the same role that Rodriguez, Maslany and Cooke were up for.
On Friday's edition of "Meet The Movie Press," The Wrap's Jeff Sneider passed along some new information regarding that coveted Star Wars VIII role. First up, he heard from Variety’s Justin Kroll that Gugu Mbatha-Raw did NOT get the role. Sneider then revealed that Golden Globe-winner Gina Rodriguez is still in the hunt and Bel Powley (Diary Of A Teenage Girl), 23, is being considered as well.
Listen to Sneider's comments in the video below.
Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII will arrive in theaters May 26, 2017.