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Maslaney, Mara and Jones Testing for “Star Wars” Stand-Alone

The Force Awakens? Please, nobody’s talking about that anymore! Episode VII is old news: or at least it is now because we’ve got news about the project that comes afterwards. THR has reported that three actresses are testing for roles in the stand-alone Star Wars movie that will be directed by Gareth Edwards. In case you’re wondering why I’m saying stand-alone and not spin-off, it’s because spin-off makes me think of Joey, and that just makes me sad.

So who do we have testing for the spin-o- dammit! Stand-alone, I meant stand-alone. First on the call-sheet is Rooney Mara, who you may recognise as starring in David Fincher‘s adaptation-adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. You may not recognise her because in real life she doesn’t look quite as scary as she does in the film. She also starred as Mark Zuckerberg’s girlfriend in Fincher’s The Social Network  and will contribute to the next Laika stop-motion project Kubo and the Two Strings.

Rooney Mara: go ahead, ask if you can see her dragon tattoo...I dare you.
Rooney Mara: go ahead, ask if you can see her dragon tattoo…I dare you.

Next we have Tatiana Maslany. While she doesn’t have as many big screen hits to her name as Mara, Maslany has made her mark with the BBC series Orphan Black – so we know she has some sci-fi chops. She’ll also be appearing in this year’s Woman In Gold with Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, but since that film deals with art stolen by Nazi soldiers there isn’t as much of a connection there. Oh, wait – Storm-troopers! Nailed it.

The final name is Felicity Jones, which will definitely be a familiar name considering that she just nabbed an Oscar Nomination for her work on The Theory of Everything. However, chances are she won’t have time to work on the project since she is already set to star in Inferno, Ron Howard’s adaptation of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons sequel.

Felicity Jones with co-star Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory of Everything"
Felicity Jones with co-star Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”.

That’s about as solid as the information gets. Apart from a release date of December 16th, 2016, we have nothing to really go on with this project. There are rumours that it will focus on one of the original stars, but so far that seems to be nothing more than wishful thinking.

Who would you like to see get a role?

New Trailer for “True Story” with James Franco and Jonah Hill

This really couldn’t have come at a better time. After everything that has happened with The Interview over the last couple of weeks, there was a real concern about one particular aspect of the film that. But now we have confirmation: James Franco still has a film career. Phew!

Now that that’s out of the way, we have something completely on the other end of the spectrum with True Story, Franco’s latest project with collaborator Jonah Hill. Hey, did you know both of these guys are Oscar nominees? I know, right?

True Story is directed by Rupert Goold and chronicles the true story (get it?) of Christian Longo, a man who murdered his family and then assumed the identity of New York Times journalist Michael Finkel. Finkel, played by Hill, visits Longo (Franco) in jail and finds himself drawn into the alleged murderers web. Check out the trailer, straight from Slashfilm:

Is it me, or was there not a single joke in that whole trailer? Considering that the last film these guys worked on together was This Is The EndTrue Story is a quantum leap in the right direction.

Director Goold wrote the script along with David Kajganich, based on the original events that were chronicled in the baffling memoir that Finkel wrote in 2006.

There are parts of this film that seem downright sinister. There’s no denying that Franco has a lot of strings to his bow, but so far we haven’t really seen him take on a straight maniac. That combined with the truly bizarre events potentially make for an excellent feature.

Are you ready to believe Finkel’s True Story?