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We’re still a ways away from Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Episode XIII, but we still get small bits of nice info, little by little. A little while back we learned that Benicio Del Toro will play the villain (nice). But now we’re learning about the shortlist for the film’s female lead. There’s also another substantial female role that shares the same shortlist of potential actresses.

That shortlist includes Gina Rodriguez, Tatiana Maslany, Olivia Cooke, and British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw (who has apparently already held an audition).

Yet even more exciting news comes from the Big Brain of the operation: Kathleen Kennedy herself. Kennedy has recently stated the definitive line that separates the Episodes from the anthology films for the Star Wars franchise moving forward.

“The Saga films focus on the Skywalker family…”

This is big news. We’ve known for a long time that Luke and Leia (and Han) are in The Force Awakens, but there’s a lot of talk saying that Luke himself is in very little of the film. So does this mean there’s a bit more focus on Leia? Or, more intriguingly, are there Skywalker children hiding somewhere in this cast?

Old versions of the script featured Skywalker kids more openly. Even the sides for the open casting call were said to be scenes between Han and Leia’s twin son and daughter. But now speculation is wide open, focusing on John Boyega’s Finn, Daisy Ridley’s Rey, and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren. Will Finn be wielding his father’s lightsaber? Was Rey abducted to the desert planet of Jakku? Has Kylo Ren rejected his father/mother’s legacy.

Only time will tell.

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Andrew Walsh

Andrew Walsh is an independent filmmaker and freelance writer based in LA. He co-directed his first feature in high school, is an avid juggler, and is a descendant of director Raoul Walsh. One of those might not be true.

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