Felicity Jones, best known for playing Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything, has landed the leading role in Star Wars spinoff Rogue One.

Felicity Jones In ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff

The Stars Wars stand-alone spinoff and Jones’ casting was announced Thursday.

Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga,” read a statement on the Star Wars website. “The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in The Theory of Everything.

“The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic,” the statement added. “The film starts shooting this summer in London and is due for release on December 16, 2016.”

Directing Rogue One will be Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla), who is working off a script penned by Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy).

Since her Oscar-nominated turn in The Theory of Everything, Jones has been busy with a packed schedule. This year, she’ll appear in True Story with James Franco and Jonah Hill and Autobahn with Nicholas Hoult and Anthony Hopkins. In 2016, she’ll be seen on the big screen in A Monster Calls with Liam Neeson and Inferno with Tom Hanks and Ben Foster.

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