UPDATE! Star Wars Spinoff: Shooting Rumored to Occur in Mexico, Four Actresses Eyed for Roles.

Han Solo Boba FettSince The Force Awakens is in post-production and Strange Magic is set to release in a few days, Lucasfilm’s next focus will be the first Star Wars spin-off movie ever, which is rumored to start up production very soon. Supporting this rumor are two new sets of information about the movie – one of which seemingly answers the question as to which character may be the star to the first spin-off.


The first of the two stories involves a couple of rumors that Making Star Wars heard. The laundry list is as follows:

  • Expect more on-location shooting than for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Crew members are hearing their start dates now.
  • Many believe they are doing a lot of work on-location in Mexico for the first spin-off.
  • There have been some Star Wars: The Force Awakens re-shoots going down recently at Pinewood using some of those people.
  • Bounty hunters are important to the film.
  • Painters are expected to redress some set pieces from The Force Awakens and there are lots of cost cutting measures like that in place for the first spin-off film.
  • Most of the reshoot materials are to be saved when possible for this reason.



MSW’s lead writer (Jason Ward) also mentioned that he had heard that the movie will have a “Spaghetti Western” look to it. The project is also codenamed “Los Alamos” – some have speculated that this is an allusion to the site of the Manhattan Project, where the atomic bomb was developed and utilized. Through a bit of a stretch in logic, some have gotten the idea that the Star Wars equivalent to the nuke would be the Death Star, and that therefore, this movie is about retrieving the plans for the Death Star.


This new information suggests that that could be the case, and given that bounty hunters are important to the film, the movie sounds like it will most likely star Boba Fett as it has been speculated for months.


The second piece to this puzzle is about who might be cast in the new movie. The Hollywood Reporter duly reports that there are three actresses being eyed for roles: Rooney Mara, Felicity Jones, and Tatiana Maslany (pictured below, in that order).


Spin Off Actresses


The article notes that Mara and Maslany have actually tested for roles, while Jones is simply on the “want list.” While the writers at THR didn’t know what the movie is about, the information from /Film and MSW suggests that it is a bounty hunter movie – so it will be interesting to see what kind of character that the lucky actresses who get roles in the movie will end up playing (Love interests? Female bounty hunters, like Aurra Sing? Imperial Officers protecting the secret of a two-meter-wide design flaw?) and how long they’ll be in the movie.


Another interesting note that the article mentions is that, in spite of the rumors that Simon Kinberg will be picking up where Gary Whitta left off with the script, THR’s sources state that Kinberg is just serving as a creative consultant to a number of Star Wars projects, and he is currently focused on 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot and the new X-Men movies. Besides this, the article supports the idea that filming will take place in the United States this time around — recall this old rumor that New Mexico was being eyed — and that Lucasfilm actually snuck in testing and reading for the film while we were all focused on how production of The Force Awakens was wrapping up.


The production itself is supposedly set to begin this Spring – and we’ll be sure to have more news on the spin-off as it develops.







It appears that there is yet another actress who also auditioned for a role. It’s Rooney Mara’s sister Kate. Justin Kroll from Variety reports:


Kate Mara was nominated for an Emmy award for her work on “House of Cards.” She’s also appeared in Iron Man 2, 127 Hours, Transcendence and this year, we will see her in the Fantastic Four reboot and Ridley Scott’s The Martian. So she is definitely no stranger to big blockbusters.


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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.

Grant Davis (Pomojema)

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.

109 thoughts on “UPDATE! Star Wars Spinoff: Shooting Rumored to Occur in Mexico, Four Actresses Eyed for Roles.

  • January 21, 2015 at 3:23 pm


  • January 21, 2015 at 3:33 pm


  • January 21, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    I wonder if Greedo will be involved…? xD

    • January 21, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      He would have the worst aim out of all of them. He couldn’t hit a guy at point-blank range, so what hope does he have in the Wild Space West?

      • January 21, 2015 at 11:39 pm

        What do you mean? Greedo never even got a shot off!

        *solemn tumbleweed rolls by*

        • January 22, 2015 at 3:08 pm

          He was killed before he had the chance to shoot though…..remember!

  • January 21, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    “Bounty hunters are important to the film”

    Mandalorian Movie, anyone?

  • January 21, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    I seriously hope Tatiana Maslany is cast, she is such an amazing actress!!

  • January 21, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Nice! I was thinking it must be getting close to time for us to start getting spin-off leaks.

    That pic of Rooney Mara sure makes me think of Aurra Sing!

    Only thing is, I sure hope they don’t go with the whole “bounty hunters stole the Death Star plans for the Rebels” rumor that’s been bandied about. It would just be too far a leap, continuity-wise. Not only would it tend to conflict with the established story that “Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star,” but also, if they’re going to keep the Special Edition scenes in ANH, Boba Fett was apparently on Tatooine stooging for Jabba the Hutt while all this was going on.

    We dealt with so much cavalier dismissal of continuity in the PT (Yoda, “The Jedi Master who instructed me,” suddenly being relegated to having been Obi Wan’s kindergarten teacher, etc.) and I would really hope that the “LFL Story Group” would be a little more artful and respectful of the established stories than that.

    BUT… I’m sure it’ll be a fun movie, even if they screw with continuity. I just really hope they don’t, is all.

    • January 21, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      I am just concerned that some of these spin off movies may not contain enough of a distinct sci fantasy look to them.

      • January 21, 2015 at 4:11 pm

        I don’t see why they wouldn’t. Hell, the original Star Wars was made on a tight budget, with a whole helluva lot of location shooting just like we’re hearing about this spin-off. And it looked fantastic and more than a little otherworldly.

    • January 21, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      “That pic of Rooney Mara sure makes me think of Aurra Sing!”

      Or Neelah from the Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy…

    • January 21, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      “We dealt with so much cavalier dismissal of continuity in the PT (Yoda, “The Jedi Master who instructed me,” suddenly being relegated to having been Obi Wan’s kindergarten teacher, etc.) and I would really hope that the “LFL Story Group” would be a little more artful and respectful of the established stories than that.”

      Agreed. I mean how ridiculous was it that Vader was made into Luke’s father when Obi-Wan clearly told Luke that Vader betrayed and murdered his father.

      One can only hope the Lucasfilm Story Group puts things to rights and immediately dismisses the 5 films made after Star Wars that establishes that.

      TFA will clearly ignore this decision and we will find out that in the new continuity that Vader did as originally planned in fact kill Luke’s father.

      • January 23, 2015 at 6:09 am

        So are you saying, Padme was cheating on Anakin? Vader eventually finding out and killing the dude? That would mean Luke is not a Skywalker. And just randomly also gifted with the force? lol!

      • January 23, 2015 at 10:18 am

        I have been hearing this bit of fantasy from others on Star Wars boards – that they will try to make a retroactive triangle between Obiwan, Anakin and Padme, with Obiwan becoming Luke’s real father… or introduce some OTHER young hotshot Jedi character named Anakin…. no. NoNONONONONONOOOOO!

        JJ, darling JJ, you can blow up Vulcan. You can have Spock scream KHAAAAAAAN! You can even temporarily kill Kirk. But you cannot (or your successor screenwriter/director team cannot) alter the substance of the pivotal moment of the OT, and one of the greatest moments in movie history, by making Obiwan’s lie the truth and Vader’s “I AM your Father!… Search your feelings! You know it to be truuuuue!” into a lie.

        I will never watch another Star Wars fan if you do, and there will be riots!

  • January 21, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Is Strange Magic a Lucasfilm logo film, will it have the Banner?

  • January 21, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    A Western with Bounty Hunters in the Star Wars universe, filmed on a low budget. This movie is gonna make them a lot of money.

    If the movie’s any good, it might actually be a hit.

    This is definitely a safe bet that’ll test the water for Spin-Offs to come.
    Only time will tell whether or not it’s entertaining.

  • January 21, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Sorry but do we really expect these to be any better than the crap we have been fed over the last 15-20 years from ‘hollywood’ ? I truly hate movies like xmen and fantasic four (etc for infinity) they are all the same formula, camera work, love interest, same blueprint crap. I will be amazed if these break the mold, I hope they will, but I know they won’t from past experience.

  • January 21, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    It is a period of civil war. Rebel
    spaceships, striking from a hidden
    base, have won their first victory
    against the evil Galactic Empire.

    During the battle, rebel spies managed
    to steal secret plans to the Empire’s
    ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an
    armored space station with enough
    power to destroy an entire planet.

    see I don’t think the spinoff is about bounty hunters stealing the death star plans.

    1. it says specifically that this is the rebellions first victory and Rebel Spies stole the plans during the battle.

    2. Disney already said they don’t want to tell stories that have been told. that means no movies that are prequels ect..

    • January 21, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      It really would trash a key element of that opening crawl to have bounty hunters stealing the Death Star plans rather than Rebel spies, wouldn’t it?

      And while technically the stealing of the Death Star plans is a story that’s only been briefly referred to in the ANH opening crawl, I do think that Brian Daley nailed it in the old SW radio dramatization from the early ’80s. IMHO, there’s no need at all to retcon it into a Boba Fett story.

      I’m with you. If they’re at all concerned about overall story quality, they aren’t making the spin-off movie this way.

    • January 22, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      They would still be rebel spies…If they’re fighting against the Empire, and they’re spies, then that would still make sense. Bounty hunters contracted by the rebels would still be rebels or an extension of the Rebel Alliance. And there could still be a battle in the movie, it honestly feels really familiar to me if they had the whole bounty hunter plot (possibly led by an actual rebel) infiltrate wherever the plans are, and the plan ends with a strategic offensive and the Rebel fleet attacks wherever the plans are and the bounty hunters escape during the battle. That shit sounds like it’s straight outta TCW to me.

      • January 23, 2015 at 9:23 am

        Frankly, that would be a GREAT twist, knowing that actually the same bounty hunters qho tried to hunt Solo are in fact the rebel spies.
        Bounty Hunters work for money, they have never attatched to the empire, so for me it fits perfectly with the overaññ story.

  • January 21, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Your actress pics are in the wrong order…Tatiana Maslany is the one on the far right

  • January 21, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Definitely,Mara is Aurra Sing. In the clone wars TV series which is considered canon, Aurra was established to be a mentor for Boba Fett.

  • January 21, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Kind of sounds like a firefly /serenity vibe they’re going for.

  • January 21, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Ladies and gentlemen, we have now entered the spin-off era. The star wars universe will never be the same.I feel that too much of anything is not good. I’d hate to see the light of the SW universe dwindle right when we just got it back and so far it’s burning so bright. However, SW is controlled by Disney not Disney controlled by SW. Disney has a way of beating franchises into the dust. The few and far between is gone. That is going to take away from the excitement. So Aurra Sing is Mara Jade. Explain please?

    • January 21, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      No, Rooney Mara (the actress, girl with the dragon tattoo) is a potential for a part which is of course unknown.

  • January 21, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    I like Mara’s style and method. She obviously is good at being “dark and enigmatic” for lack of better verbage at the moment. Would love to see Aurra Sing for more than a second…preferably with a live-action speaking part.

    • January 23, 2015 at 10:09 am

      Ever since I saw her do a soccer-style-field-goal-kick to a guy’s head in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I knew she was a gal I would not want to watch football with while rooting for the Redskins. 😉 She is an outstanding tough chick!

  • January 21, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Real life is full of continuity errors

  • January 21, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I suspect that soon the entire Saga will be one big disfunctional family.

    ANH is the war-discharged pothead Grandpa who built the business.

    TESB is his talented son who made it a big business

    ROTJ is ANH’s other son who pumped up the business’s various crowd-pleasing assets and made it a corporation.

    TPM is the philosophy-obsessive, bad sense of humor Son-in-Law to ROTJ, TPM laid down various groundwork to make sense of his Grandfather-in-Law’s franchise.

    AOTC is TPM’s high-school-expelled-for-undisclosed-reasons brother who ran things for a few months.

    ROTS is TPM’s son who respected his father’s philosophical groundwork but felt like cranking the volume to eleven.


    TFA is TESB’s long-lost illegitimate son, recently given a chance with the family’s fortune.

    Spinoff series are back-woods relatives to Grandpa ANH. Their sanity and/or basic sense of propriety is questionable, and are a complete mystery to the immediate family.

    I don’t know about you guys, but I think TFA will run things all right, and the back-woods Spin-off Series could be fun, or ate least “funny” to look at. I like our chances.

    BTW, I’m still talking about Star Wars.

    • January 22, 2015 at 1:19 am

      Dude, please hook me up with whatever you smoked, please!

    • January 22, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      Didnt you forgot daddys lovely baby-daughter thats the naugthy town girl bi… Probably the EU or the merchandising

  • January 21, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    why is there a picture of Han Solo in this article? Anyways: a bounty hunter movie would be a cool way to include familiar characters , but yet avoiding the most important/familiar for the firts spinoff, they would not want the firts spinoff to be hated therefore it´s a smart move to take characters like Boba Fett & other bounty hunters who could be played by anyone …

    • January 21, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      Solo being the subject of the first spinoff film is a more recent rumor.

      • January 21, 2015 at 8:10 pm

        You hit the nail on the head. That’s exactly why I picked that photo. You win a no-prize!

  • January 21, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    I just wish Aurra Sing had a bigger role in the Phantom Menace than she did.

    So i will be glad if Aurra Sing is in one Spinoff.

    • January 21, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      She was supposed to be in AOTC, but George Lucas decided to put Zam Wessel in the role that was planned for her.

      In a way, I’m glad that he didn’t use Aurra Sing, since it ensured that she could show up in TCW.

    • January 22, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      You and I both!

  • January 21, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    I want Lobot…the Disney Musical.

  • January 21, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    This would be rather cool, especially based on the Canon novel of Tarkin, if they cast a younger Wilhuff Tarkin? (Bendedict Cumberbatch?)

    • January 21, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      No, Bendedict Cumberbatch. Hollywood tends to over use actors once they have a few good roles.

      • January 22, 2015 at 5:10 pm

        Perhaps, but point being, it would be a great platform for a young Wilhuff Tarkin. I’m reading the novel currently; and it follows much of his childhood, how he became a cut throat and the book (timeline) actually starts in a remote location as they’re waiting for materials to build the Death Star. So, if this whole spinoff is pre IV, one would think that a main cog in this story would be (young) General Tarkin. But a role so large (in Star Wars) would have to cast someone of Cushing’s stage acting presence. Who knows.

  • January 21, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Aren’t we supposed to hear some definitive news either in February or April at Celebration regarding the spinoffs? This and Boba Fett is involved in the first two.

    • January 21, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      February is supposedly when the NDAs expire, and when more stuff will start to leak out. But bear in mind that this rumor was started by someone who has since discredited themself.

      Celebration is most likely where they’ll talk a bit about the spin-offs. I’m thinking it will boil down to a title and the cast, but I imagine most of the focus will be on Episode VII.

      • January 22, 2015 at 6:27 pm

        That’s my take also. We’ll see…

  • January 21, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    An ideal plot would be Boba Fett escaping from the Sarlacc Pit and becoming embroiled in a gangland civil war. With Jabba gone, their will surely be a power vacuum in the Tatooine underworld which would be a prime place to have bounty hunters a plenty all double and triple crossing crime bosses. Now THAT I would like to see.

    • January 22, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Aww YEAH! I would pay money to see that!

  • January 22, 2015 at 1:01 am

    I really feel like Han Solo, in the original trilogy always eludes to a lot of history with Boba Fett. I feel like they are going to go young Han, Boba Fett, getting the Falcon from Lando, and focus on Chewy and Hans unlikely relationship. Would be compelling, in my opinion, if done right.

    • January 22, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Actually, most of the “history” between Han and Fett is only alluded to in the EU. Watch the original films again. The only instance Han ever really expresses any concern over Fett’s presence or even says his name is in ROTJ, on the skiff – “Boba Fett? Where?”

      I suppose the other instance that alludes to their history is on Bespin, when Fett says “What if he doesn’t survive? He’s worth a lot to me.” You could make the argument that these two instances are enough to suggest a long history between Han and Fett…but really, it’s nothing much to go on. All of the history, rivalry, and battles between the two characters was only ever explored in comics, novels, etc.

      • January 23, 2015 at 7:02 am

        Bobba Fett was first intoduced in a short cartoon during the Star Wars Christmas special in 1978. The only cool part of that special! That’s where Hansolo and the gang first meet him.. Worth checking out!

  • January 22, 2015 at 3:47 am

    What if the bounty hunters are hired by the Empire to go after the Rebel spies who stole the Death Star plans? Two groups of Hunters go after them, one led by Boba Fett, the other by Cad Bane. The two groups find the location of the Rebels, but get in each others way somehow allowing the Rebels to escape. The two bounty hunter groups then get in a big ” shoot out at the OK Corral” fight resulting in the death of Cad Bane. The Rebels escaping gives us the good guys win ending, Fett killing Bane adds to his legend, so he “wins” too, and we have closure to a Clone Wars character.

    • January 22, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      I like this plot idea. Although, I liked the Cad Bane character in Clone Wars (he was pretty awesome actually), I always thought of Boba Fett as being the #1 guy in that line of work (mostly due to legends works like Shadows of the Empire). So I thought it was weird at first to have a completely new character in Clone Wars be the best of the best. To see Fett take him down would be great IMO.

    • January 24, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      I know this probably won’t happen but in addition to this story line, I think it would be great if it were to be revealed that the rebels that these bounty hunters are hunting down are none other than Kanan, Ezra and company. In a film, they would be able to go darker with having Kanan killed in the end, by Vader. The crew delivers the plans to leia, and Ezra’s fate remains unknown…death perhaps, or he becomes an inquisitor? Fodder for another spin off? They won’t do this because number 1, characters created for the cartoon shows never make it into canon and number 2, this storyline would take away from the bounty hunter who are the focus on the film. If they followed this storyline, I think it could be a blockbuster! You need strong good guys to give the bad guys a challenge

  • January 22, 2015 at 4:51 am

    I am not sure how I feel about this movie plot…

  • January 22, 2015 at 8:17 am

    the plot sounds awesome , i wonder hoe the title could be

  • January 22, 2015 at 9:25 am

    I don’t know if this is just a coincidence of my reading habits, but I’ve heard quite a bit recently about cost-cutting measures. They are mentioned here, and have been mentioned recently by Dave Filoni regarding the budget limitations on Rebels. I know that many people blame bloated budgets for a messy lack of focus and restraint in various projects. But these hints, together with other recent shakeups, have me a little worried that Disney is scaling back on its investment because there is trouble behind the scenes with various of the SW projects – perhaps even with TFA. I hope this isn’t true, but I’m worried all the same…

    • January 22, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      There was talk of the Whitta script being too expensive to shoot as written

      • January 22, 2015 at 12:25 pm

        Wtf this is Star wars, who wants to spare money on this. Give me an address and i will get the pitchfork.

        • January 22, 2015 at 5:37 pm

          Spared money + Creativity = AWESOME! It’s what started the whole franchise. That said, I too worry, because I question the creativity part of the equation in this case.

    • January 22, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      I always assumed the spin-off movies would have smaller budgets than the tent-pole Episodic installments. They are good avenues to test brand new characters and situations, and if they prove popular, can be franchised via sequels or TV projects.

      In that sense, backstory films are not going to offer the same potential because their ‘fill in the gaps’ nature already implies a foregone conclusion just as they are beginning. The best concepts for open-ended spin-offs are set tangential to the timeframe of the Sequel Trilogy and having the potential to run beyond the conclusion of Episode IX. They can also recycle sets, costumes and vehicles from the new films and use the same CGI models to save quite a bit of preproduction time as well as shaving off start-up costs.

      Leave flashbacks to cartoons (like Rebels) and ancillary media like computer games, comics and novels?

      • January 22, 2015 at 3:52 pm

        This way of thinking of things makes me more hopeful: if Disney thinks of these other projects as testing grounds where they can afford to be a bit more daring, this might lead to a more experimental approach than we’re likely to get from episodes VII-IX. I’d love to see this happen, as I’m sure many others would.

  • January 22, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I don’t know how any of these actresses would be in a Star Wars film but the one I would look forward to out of the 4 would be Kate. The movies I’ve seen her in are mostly dramas but she is a good actress. Haven’t seen the Netflix show House of Cards but from what I hear she’s one of the better actors on there. She was also in the Marky Mark Whalberg movie “Shooter”. Which I liked.

  • January 22, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Prepare for all female cast. Embrace political correctness. Finally humanity comes full circle… And boring as hell

    • January 22, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Yep, women are boring, keep living your life with that attitude, everyone will love you.

      Also where does it say it’s an all female cast? There are 4 women rumored to be testing for probably only one part. They’re all pretty much the same type.

      Also I leave you with this thought: think of all the movies with male-heavy casts. Basically every movie. You’re probably not complaining about those being boring or whining about only seeing men in movies. Grow the fuck up. If you don’t think men and women are equals then you can go fuck off and leave this human race, it doesn’t need you. You are a cancer.

      • January 22, 2015 at 5:52 pm

        When it comes to sci-fi/fantasy movies and TV of late, the vast majority of them are equal numbers of men and women with a female lead. So there is a lot fantasy out there to watch and pretend that a 120lb women can throw a 200lb man around like a rag doll.

        • January 22, 2015 at 6:43 pm

          Dear Viral Hide,
          please delete Budha’s sexist comment.
          Thank you.

          • January 23, 2015 at 4:39 am

            Sorry, I like women. Is that such a sin? Not every man is a biased, sexist Tea Party republican like you. Poke a hole in your balls, and let out some of that dangerous testosterone.

          • January 23, 2015 at 6:56 am

            Both of you are useless and don’t help. The machismo douche and the male feminist. Hooray we have diversity afterall!!!

        • January 23, 2015 at 4:41 am


          yeah, so we should all buy into more “realistic” fantasies, where 200 pound men throw around 25 ton robots with their bare hands. Good one.

          Please drop the bias and grow up.

          • January 23, 2015 at 6:57 am

            Except you didn’t exactly argue against his point. You used a strawman.

        • January 23, 2015 at 10:37 am

          Hey sexist boy, you don’t get that seeing a woman throw a 200lb man like a rag doll underscores that she has superpowers better than seeing a man do the same?

          It’s the same reason they cast the tiniest, most delicate actress they could find to play Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Of course a woman like Sarah Michelle Gellar could not throw around big men (or demons!) in real life. That is how we know her *character* is specially endowed with super strength. Geddit???

          • January 23, 2015 at 5:26 pm

            You get an F for reading comprehension. This often happens when we let our phobias and prejudices get in the way of reality.

      • January 22, 2015 at 10:21 pm

        Men and Women are equal in the sense that women can be business owners and own land. They have the freedom to be whatever they want in today’s day and age. That does not mean that Men and Women are THE SAME. Equal doesn’t mean same. I’m amazed that the PC idea of “equality” (not a bad thing in and of itself) has transformed into “Men and Women have no differences what’s so ever at all!!” Um…What? History and Science say otherwise. Although, I also will admit I could be misinterpreting what the actual conversation is about. If it’s about the fact that women are going to be in a movie I find that silly to argue over. Of course women are going to be in it. I’m sure they’ll do great as well. A lead wouldn’t hurt either if it’s done well. I’m sure this comment isn’t going to help anything either. Oh well.

        • January 23, 2015 at 4:43 am

          No, your comment doesn’t do anything to help. It also evokes memories of “separate but equal.”

          • January 23, 2015 at 6:54 am

            Sigh… Here we go. Biologically, emotionally, and even Psychologically men and women are quite different. We think differently. We act differently. Does that mean I want two separate classes of groups. Dare I say segregation? Heck no! I don’t want to have separation between men and women. I’m just stating that we do have differences. In regards to the film I don’t care if they hire nothing but actresses. If that’s what the story requires in the end. I find it funny that someone who challenges the status quo is partially put into a group that I abhor. Apparently a lot of the readers here are more politically motivated than artistically. Go figure.

    • January 23, 2015 at 4:44 am

      Budha is sexist. He is also dead wrong. Personally, I’m sick of all these all-men movies. But I’m sure Budha doesn’t think there is anything wrong with that. To him it’s all “normal.”

      • January 24, 2015 at 2:24 am

        There you go again with these “all-men movies”. If you are right, there must be a ton of movies I never heard of because of all the movies I’ve seen or heard of they all have women in them. So I’m honestly curious as to what are a couple of these moves that makes you so sick?

  • January 22, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Excuse me while I get EU for a moment…Although it’s quite probable that characters like Mara Jade will remain in the Legends continuity and never grace the canon material, many people have speculated on her addition to the franchise, whether it be in the main ST, Rebels, or a spin-off film. I would have to say that of all the actresses we know are cast and the ones that have been rumored as being cast or auditioning, I’m liking Kate Mara the best for Mara Jade. She’s super attractive, talented, and I think she could rock the red hair. My EU fit has ended now… 🙂

    • January 22, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      PLUS she has like – the perfect name for the character. All they need to put on the van will be “Mara” saves a lot of hassle.

      I’m actually curious as to how they’ll use Mara Jade, I haven’t read any of the EU, like, AT ALL; but a red-head Jedi-Warrior Mrs. Luke Skywalker has piqued my interest.

      Either that or Luke will come out of the closet… which I would personally rather they didn’t.

      • January 22, 2015 at 5:31 pm

        I agree. I on the other hand have read a lot of EU material. Mara Jade is an awesome character, but to be honest, once she married Luke Skywalker, she became uninteresting in my opinion. Zahn’s early version of the character with a vendetta against Skywalker for killing her former master and the various comics that highlight her career as the Emperor’s Hand are the most interesting story arcs for the character. I would like to see the early life of Mara Jade be incorporated into the new canon, minus the latter part where she becomes the wife of Luke and mother of his son Ben. Her character had way more depth in her youth. One of the flaws of the many post ROTJ EU works is the troubled love-life of Luke Skywalker. It seemed like every novel or comic introduced a new love interest for Luke, but they always ended up being star-crossed lovers in the end, with the character either dying or their personal duties interfering with the possibility of a relationship. IMO, Luke should be unmarried in the sequel trilogy. I think he will embrace love and attachment, unlike the Jedi of the PT, but more through friends and family than a wife. His character would have a more superior and mysterious edge if he abstains from this type of relationship throughout his life and instead focuses on his mastery of the force. And as far as homosexual Luke goes, I think this would be a ridiculous attempt by Disney to push their politically correct agenda held by a monority of viewers onto the larger audience…not meaning any offense and not to turn this into a debate on the subject. Ultimately though, Luke should not be gay in the film for the same reason that he should not have a wife. A love interest for Luke in the film would make his character less appealing.

        • January 23, 2015 at 10:30 am

          They have so many new characters to introduce. It would make more sense to make a compelling NEW character who happens to be gay than to retroactively, in defiance of his early crush on Leia, make Luke a gay character.

      • January 23, 2015 at 10:29 am

        I am confident that they have plans to introduce Mara Jade, if only because of that red-haired actress (I forget her name) whose hair they bought to make into a wig last year some time. Why have a red-haired wig, if not for Mara (or Ben?)

        And you’re right, it’s an easy cover trick to have the Mara girls involved in the films.

  • January 22, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Lucas did some genius stuff, probably without knowing at the time. Because all these villians droids and bounty hunters wear suits and Helmets, so you can easily make new movies without the hassle of casting other actors that look similiar, you just do the helmet and use the original actors voice..Brilliant!

    • January 22, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      Or you don’t even use the original actors voice and go back to the originals and give them New Zealand tribal Maori accents to match your new voices. Grrr

  • January 22, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Oh my god. Kate Mara, that sexy little minx.

    • January 23, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      Mara Jade, I hope.

    • January 23, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      She thinks you’re too critical anyway.

  • January 22, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Why is this considered “the first Star Wars spin-off movie ever”? Wouldn’t the 2 Ewoks movies, the holiday special or the theatrically released clone wars movie fit the bill?

  • January 22, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    If anyone cares, the guy who’s directing the next episode [and a producer lady] met with the architectural firm working on Apple’s new Campus II in Cupertino recently. Something about shooting there in the future.

    • January 23, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      That would be unbelievable, the design of that building would be very Star Wars.

  • January 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Bounty Hunter movie? Gah…They Bounty Hunter will either be after a very bad person and be doing a good dead in stopping them or a person that they end up having to work with and find they like them too much and end up helping them and going after the person that placed it or something… It won’t be what a Bounty Hunter really does, which is kill and capture anyone as long as they get paid.

  • January 22, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Rooney Mara is incredible. I wanted her to be cast as a villain for EpVII after seeing her in the girl with the dragon tattoo. It’s no surprise she was nominated for a figgin’ Oscar for that role. She’s incredible. They’d be a fool to not pinch Rooney before she signs on for a different big blockbuster.

    • January 22, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      I think her sister has more appeal.

  • January 22, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Rooney is a bit of a space alien, kind of a cold weirdo. The other 3 look more like Carrie Fisher, if that is the type they are casting.

  • January 22, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Hope not

  • January 23, 2015 at 12:18 am

    I really do not care for spin-off movies.

    For me, only star wars movies are these in main saga.

    For me this will be the same as Ewoks movies.

    • January 23, 2015 at 1:06 am

      It’s the spin-off movies that will really expand the Star Wars Universe. I say we should support them for what they will bring.

    • January 23, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      The spinoffs will be like the EU novels on steriods. Ewok Movies were Lucas exploiting his film franchise in dire need of money from a divorce.

  • January 23, 2015 at 1:49 am

    The actresses are all about 5’3″ and 30 years old. I have to wonder if they are recasting Leia in this. If so, she is at the age she was in ROTJ.

  • January 23, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Actually the first spinoffs happened in the 80’s. The 2 Ewok movies.. Hope to God these are better! Remember being like “what the hell? this doesn’t meet sw standards” when I was just a kid! I have faith in the new trilogy though!

  • January 23, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    A spin off from the point of view sentinel robot would be cool.

  • January 23, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    He has a cool suit, man! And he’s mysterious!

    (don’t you know that’s the level on which Star Wars fans operate? 😉 )

  • January 23, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    If female bounty hunter is main character for the first spin off, Boba will be sidelined to some extent , which makes him more mysterious chractter than Jango Fett in TAOC. I wonder Cad Bane is only believable in animation.

  • January 26, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Kate Mara as Mara Jade.
    They released Mara Jade merchandising recently to test the waters. I can’t see doing Han Solo first, it could kill things early.
    The spin offs should explore unwritten areas/ corners of the Star Wars universe. It is either a time she has parted with Luke, or before Luke. Gleason could be her son, with a mysterious back story, possibly a Skywalker.
    Look at Guardians of the Galaxy, a safe zone for a spin off. I’m not saying its all about her, but it will be successful as a Smuggler/ bounty hunter storyline (less Jedi envolement but still a factor).
    I’m thinking it could be a touch Firefly in its approach.

    • January 27, 2015 at 6:20 am

      I’m pretty sure the release merchandise was just honoring old merchandise of her depiction. Nothing to look into. I’m 99.99% sure we won’t be getting a Mara Jade in the new Canon.

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