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Oscar Nominee Felicity Jones To Star in New Star Wars Stand-Alone Film

Who did she beat for the role?

Kaitlin Thomas

The Force is strong with Felicity Jones.

The actress is in talks to star in a mysterious new stand-alone Star Wars film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Jones, an Academy Award nominee for her portrayal of Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything, beat out Orphan Black's one-woman wonder Tatiana Maslany and Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) for the role.

The new Star Wars character names have been revealed

Little is known about the film, including which character it focuses on, but here's what we do know: Godzilla's Gareth Edwards is directing the film and About a Boy scribe Chris Weitz has been hired to replace Gary Whitta, who penned the first draft.

The film is scheduled for release Dec. 16, 2016.

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