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Star Wars: Episode VIII reportedly casts Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Star Wars: Episode VIII may have just found one its female leads.

After reports rumored Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Gina Rodriquez (Jane the Virgin) and Olivia Cooke (Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl) were the only three actors on the shortlist for the role, Collider is confirming that Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond The Lights, Jupiter Ascending) will star in the movie.

It was previously reported that Rian Johnson's film would star two female leads, but at the time of this post, there was no further information revealed about Mbatha-Raw's character.

Disney has yet to confirm the casting news, but considering the upcoming schedule for the other aforementioned actors on the shortlist, it looks like the role will be hers.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed on Wednesday that Maslany was in talks to join Jake Gyllenhaal in an upcoming Boston Marathon bombing film that would create a conflict in shooting schedules, while Cooke has recently signed on for a major role in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ready Player One.

The only other star confirmed for the second Star Wars installment is Benicio Del Toro, who has coyly hinted in previous interviews that he may be playing the film's newest villain.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled to hit theaters on May 26, 2017.

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