Here's Your 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Female Lead Shortlist

September 2, 2015

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Much as Darth Vader died at the end of A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back abruptly tossed in a new love interest for Luke, Star Wars: Episode VIII will apparently feature a new villain and a new female lead after the events of The Force Awakens. As we've already learned, Benicio del Toro is playing the new antagonist of Episode VIII, and now The Wrap is reporting that our new female lead will likely be one of three rising actresses. Those three: Jane the Virgin's Gina Rodriguez, Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl dying girl Olivia Cooke. It's said the trio are "slated to chemistry-read with The Force Awakens star John Boyega before the end of the month." So spoiler alert: that dude does not get lightsabered.

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