Felicity Jones to Headline First Star Wars Stand-Alone Film

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'The Theory of Everything' star Felicity Jones is going from stargazing to Star Wars.

The Oscar-nominated actress has landed the female lead in the first Star Wars stand-alone movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In addition to episodes of the new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney are developing stand-alone movies that reach beyond the core characters and storylines of Episodes I through IX.

Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) will direct the first stand-alone film, with a screenplay by Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass). Josh Trank (Fantastic Four, Chronicle) is set to direct the second.

The untitled 'Star Wars' stand-alone movie is due to arrive in theaters on December 16, 2016, a year after Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters.

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