After a series of 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.
Jones is now in talks to star in the project, which Gareth Edwards is directing and Chris Weitz is writing. Weitz is replacing Gary Whitta, who came up with the first draft. It is believed that Edwards' film will focus on either Boba Fett or Han Solo.
At this point it is even unclear which character the stand-alone is focusing on, and Disney has had no comment at this time, however, the movie has a release date of Dec. 16, 2016.