Rumor: Tatiana Maslany Cast In Star Wars Spinoff.

Tatiana MaslanyA while ago, we talked about a few actresses that were being eyed for the Gareth Edwards spinoff movie. Now, we have word that one of them (Tatiana Maslany) may be officially attached to the project.



From Total Geeks:

The first ‘Star Wars’ spin-off film may have landed its leading star… as I hear that Orphan Black actress Tatiana Maslany has landed the role.


The 29-year-old Canadian actress was recently rumoured to be up for a part in the upcoming Star Wars spinoff film, directed by Gareth Edwards. And while she was one of several new actresses linked to the role, it looks as though Maslany may have landed the part.


According to a source close to production, the still unknown Star Wars spin-off has landed Tatiana Maslany as its leading lady.


The article also mentions that Maslany apparently resigned from her role in an off-Broadway play she was slated to appear in, with Amanda Seyfried set to take her place. The reason for her resignation was apparently due to film-related scheduling conflicts – which would appear to be caused by this Star Wars movie.


It’s interesting that we hear the first actress get announced before the project’s title is officially released. Maybe it’s a sign that they’re ready to make a casting announcement soon and/or reveal what the movie is going to be called?


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Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

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Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

56 thoughts on “Rumor: Tatiana Maslany Cast In Star Wars Spinoff.

  • January 30, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Everything is transpiring as I have foreseen.

  • January 30, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I’m really pleased to see Disney move away from the whole “dead mother” routine and into one of strong, empowered women taking on lead (if not co-starring) roles. It’s so refreshing! Lets just hope they keep it going! ^_^

    • January 31, 2015 at 8:06 am

      No, we have been down this road before. “Look, it’s the first Star Wars with a female lead”…… only to have our hopes dashed with the official announcements and press releases: this is going to be another sausage-fest, as usual.

  • January 30, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    And Ghostbusters.

  • January 30, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Casting Tatiana would be a great move – she`s got an massive cult following due to Orphan Black (in which she`s apparently amazing) – I always think Star Wars should be slightly left-field and this casting would go along with that:}

    • January 30, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      Obligatory: She is fucking fantastic in Orphan Black.

    • January 30, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      I had JUST started watching Orphan Black a few weeks before this rumor cropped up and I couldn’t be happier about this. She is fucking PHENOMENAL on that show, given how many different characters she plays (and then sometimes, plays characters who are playing other characters. Act-ception.)

      She should be in everything, but I’m glad she’s in Star Wars.

      • January 31, 2015 at 8:08 am

        Actually, everything you said convinces me that she is NOT going to be in the new film. Disney has done nothing but hire morons for this 2016 project, (Godzilla director and Twilight storywriter anybody???) why should the cast be any better?

  • January 30, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Ugh. Hopefully she is better than the show she is on.

  • January 30, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Isn`t Orphan Black meant to be a great show? – I can`t comment as we don`t get it in the UK but I`ve heard it`s amazing.

    • January 30, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Andrew – you can get the first season on Netflix (UK version) now. Just watched it the other week and it is great. Pilot is a bit weak but after that it is really strong. Best telly I’ve seen in a while.

    • January 30, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Orphan Black seasons 1 and 2 was on BBC three.
      I watched them myself, and Maslany is terrific playing the ‘multi-role’ lead and Orphan Black is great TV. She’ll be brilliant in an action role in SW spin-off.

  • January 30, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Bob Iger just said: “(…) it’s only the beginning of a new era of exceptional Star Wars storytelling; next year we’ll release our first standalone movie based on these characters (…)”

    I’m wondering if he’s talking about StarWars in general or he mentions VII’s characters. What if the spin-off has a VII stars a VII new character? Or maybe it’s really Han Solo or Boba Fett but will feature characters from VII (that would make sense).

  • January 30, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I hope this is true! For those of you who haven’t seen her: she’s a brilliant actress. In “Orphan Black” she plays five distinct characters – sometimes, all of them in the same room interacting with each other – and gives them such distinct personalities that it’s easy to forget it’s one actress playing them. She deserves to be more well-known, and I’m glad (if this rumor is true) she’ll not only be continuing to play genre roles, but will be in the SW universe.

    Now the speculation begins: who could she be playing? How about a love interest for the young Han Solo: a fellow inhabitant of the seedy Star Wars underworld.

    • January 30, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      Meh. “Love interest”.

    • January 30, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      I’d rather have her be the main character. Why not make a movie focusing on a female bounty hunter?

      • January 30, 2015 at 8:22 pm

        Only if the movie is focused on a bounty hunter, not a movie focused on a woman who just happens to be a bounty hunter.

        • January 30, 2015 at 10:00 pm

          You mean you want a movie focused on a bounty hunter who just happens to be a woman?


          Ripley in Alien was so great because the character was written without gender in mind.

          I’m sick of those “strong female characters”, women should be written as people, just like men are. Then cast a great actress like TM and you’ve got a great movie.

          • January 31, 2015 at 8:11 am

            Actually, smart ass anon 22:00, most movies are written with men in mind as the lead roles. The problem is that we are so accustomed to seeing testosterome, arm-muscle-rippling take over the screen nobody questions it anymore.

            It’s only when once in a blue moon a woman is given the chance to lead her own film people get all butt hurt over it.

          • January 31, 2015 at 8:24 am

            I’m sick of these “strong male types.” I’d like to see more men characters lose, or better yet, leave the super powers to the women while the men cower behind a car shooting things with a tiny pea-shooter (and yes, I’m referencing Avengers.)

          • January 31, 2015 at 4:30 pm

            Dude, “strong female character ” is just another trope. Hot women who shoot with big guns. That’s fucking one-dimensional.

            Screw writing “strong” women. Write interesting women. Write well-rounded women. Write complicated women. Write a woman who kicks ass, write a woman who cowers in a corner. Write a woman who’s desperate for a husband. Write a woman who doesn’t need a man. Write women who cry, women who rant, women who are shy, women who don’t take no shit, women who need validation and women who don’t care what anybody thinks. THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people. (x)

          • January 31, 2015 at 9:15 pm

            Thank You!!

  • January 30, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    We are right on time for an announcement for the spin off. This time last year JJ and crew were gearing up to announce the cast of Episode 7. With each movie a year apart we can expect announcements like this every year until 2020

  • January 30, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Well, she definitely has the Star Wars Look, I think she has good chances of fitting right in against the OT Big 3…

  • January 30, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Her acting skills in Orphan Black ara amazing but i really don’t see Tatiana in a Star Wars movie.
    But hey, who knows…

  • January 30, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Imagine if this “Prologue to A New Hope” movie turns out to feature Kyle Katarn. Could Tatiana be our Jan Ors?


    Just holding out hope for my favorite EU story to be brought to life onscreen

  • January 30, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    RUMOR: Every living female actress CAST in The Force Awakens.

    • January 31, 2015 at 8:12 am

      RUMOR: and they all end up dead or as love interests for the male characters.

      • February 1, 2015 at 8:59 pm

        That logic goes both ways. If it’s a female lead wouldn’t the male character be the love interest of HER? Love stories aren’t either/or.

  • January 30, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    The best Actress available

  • January 30, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Did Tatiana win the audition for lead female role only, or will she also be the film’s main star?

    • January 30, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      We don’t know.

  • January 30, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    All the actresses up for the lead female role looked similar to one another, which tells me this might not be a brand new character, unlike the diverse group of actors up for Boyega’s part. If that’s the case, do these actresses remind you guys of anyone?

    • January 30, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      If we’re talking EU, then I’d say all of them would be great at portaying Mara Jade’s badassitude.
      If the ST includes her, then what’s a better way than to introduce her in her own backstory spin-off movie?
      otoh this would mean that they’d have to cast another actress who’s about 60 for the ST…

      Meh, my bet is she’ll be a new character who might then appear in Ep VIII.

    • January 30, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      She could easily play Leia.

  • January 30, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I could watch her make toast all day.

  • January 30, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Rooney Mara would have been much better. Girl with the dragon tattoo was a good film and she played the part perfectly I think she could fit in Star Wars as a bounty hunter like Boba Fetts sidekick.

    • February 1, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      dont you mean Noomi Rapace?

  • January 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    so dont know the spoiler policy in comments, so spoiler alert.

    it has been rumored that this movie that is the western of the SW universe deals with Boba fett and bounty hunters. It has also been mentioned that Boba is a moniker, that the mandalorian armor/character will be handed off to a new person…..what if this is it, what if she becomes the new boba fett?

      • January 30, 2015 at 9:56 pm

        I’m calling it now..she will be Fett’s daughter and will be wearing the armour..she has the right look and skin colour…

  • January 30, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    She’s a babe!

  • January 31, 2015 at 2:03 am

    She is the best choice <————————————————————————

  • January 31, 2015 at 7:29 am

    So.. what are the odds she’s been cast as an adult Ahsoka?

    • January 31, 2015 at 7:41 am

      Low, honestly speaking. I don’t think that that character will be popping up a live-action movie, if at all.

      I think she’ll be prominent in animated series and the comics, though. I am personally convinced that Ahsoka is Fulcrum from Rebels based on bits of evidence.

  • February 1, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Aurra Sing. Calling it.

    • February 3, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      definitely was my first thought too

  • February 2, 2015 at 3:36 am

    If Chris Pratt is doing Indiana Jones movie, then he might as well do Han Solo too.

  • February 2, 2015 at 9:12 am

    She is an amazing actress. Just the many roles in Orphan Black is more than enough to prove she has talent beyond talent. I’m very interested to see what the movie will be about and her character.

    • February 2, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      She could still finish that film in time to do Star Wars. Depends on when SW starts filming. If it starts filming in June, she will probably be free by then.

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