Felicity is feeling the Force
With fewer than 300 days to go until The Force Awakens – in George Lucas parlance, that’s under 12 parsecs – more news is starting to emerge from the Disney/ Lucasfilm empire about the next Star Wars movie.
Who or what Gareth Edwards’ standalone film ( released December 2016) is about is still being kept mum, but the Hollywood Reporter has, er, reported that The Theory Of Everything Oscar nominee Felicity Jones has bagged the female lead. Could Jones be playing Princess Leia in an Organa origin tale? Or will she be starring alongside Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul ( tipped to play a certain young Corellian smuggler) in Han Solo: The Early Years? All we know for certain is that About A Boy writer Chris Weitz has taken over scripting duties from Gary Whitta.
Of course, Episode VII isn’t old news just yet, and main man JJ Abrams has gone as far as talking about his movie. Kinda. “There are obviously an enormous amount of CG effects in the film,” he told the Visual Effects Society Awards. “But it was very important that we build as many sets as we could and that the film have a tangible, authentic quality that you believed that these things were actually happening in a real space, with real sunlight.” He also talked about Kylo Ren’s much- debated broadswordy lightsaber.
“Since the lightsaber’s come out, I cannot tell you how many contradictory emails I have received. I’ve gotten things that are nuts, and I’ve gotten people who’ve shown how it’ll kill you and how it doesn’t make any sense. It’s been the funniest thing to see the arguments that have developed over this thing.”
Maybe we’ll learn about the ’ saber and more from Abrams and Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy when they turn up at a Star Wars Celebration in California, in April. We’ll of course be there, doing our Bothan spy thing…
Will Felicity Jones be Leia?