We already knew that television faves Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) are in contention for a lead role opposite John Boyega in Star Wars: Episode VIII. Now, we can add Gugu Mbatha-Raw to that mix. Latino Review reports that the Beyond the Lights actress has auditioned for the role and is in consideration alongside the aforementioned women. Also in the running is Me and Earl and the Dying Girl star Olivia Cooke. Lest you think the women will have to battle to the death for this role, there are reportedly two major female roles in Episode VIII, and the actresses are being considered for both.
Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick) is set to direct Episode VIII from his own script.