Rian Johnson And Disney Leaning Towards Up-And-Comer Gugu Mbatha-Raw For “Star Wars: Episode VIII”


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After months of various reports speculating who the female lead will be in ’s , it seems Disney has finally made their choice in rapidly rising star . For months the names Gina Rodriguez, Tatiana Maslany, and Olivia Cooke appeared to be the favorites and were testing opposite John Boyega for the role. Then just this week, rumors began swirling that Mbatha-Raw was the frontrunner.

The three other ladies may have an opportunity to jump into another role on the film. As we saw with Episode VII, just when fans called out the lack of female characters seen a cast reading, producers announced that Gwendoline Christie and Lupita Nyong’o.

Mbatha-Raw will join Benicio de Toro, who signed on for the sequel earlier this summer. Our new leading lady is most well-known for her performance as the titular character in Belle, proving her ability to carry a film, and in Beyond the Lights. She will next be seen in Concussion, The Free State of Jones, and will co-star in the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast.

Mbatha-Raw is repped by , the in the UK, and Authentic Talent and Literary.


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This story was first reported by Collider.


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