Gugu Mbatha-Raw Joins the Cast of ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’!

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

In moves that rival the Furious 8 director search in quickness, Star Wars Episode VIII has cast one of its two primary female parts.

Collider is reporting that Gugu Mbatha-Raw has signed on to take a trip to a galaxy far, far away.

While not confirmed by Disney, Collider is confident that their sources are strong in this one.

Stories have surfaced in the past week naming Mbatha-Raw a top contender for Liongate’s Robin Hood film, but production of that may have conflicted with Star Wars forcing the actress to choose one over the other. If that was the case it seems the actress has made up her mind.

Originally Tatiana Maslany, Olivia Cooke and Gina Rodriguez and Mbatha-Raw were all on the shortlist for a pair of female roles in the upcoming Episode VIII. But with Cooke signing on for Ready Player One and Maslany now reportedly joining Lionsgate’s Boston Marathon Bombing film it would seem Disney and LucasFilm’s top choices are dwindling.

Nothing is known yet about the character Mbatha-Raw is set to play. The only thing we know for sure is that Rian Johnson is set to write and direct and that Star Wars Episode VIII is slated to hit theaters May 26, 2017.


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