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Birmingham actress Felicity Jones set for Star Wars role

Felicity will play the female lead in one of many planned films in the Star Wars franchise Credit: Chase Rollins/EMPICS

Felicity Jones has been chosen to star as the female lead in one of the new Star Wars films.

The Hollywood reporter named the actress, from Bournville, on the cast list.

However, unlike the forthcoming sequel - Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is part of the original series - this film will be one of two spin offs focusing on Han Solo and Boba Fett.

Jones was nominated for the Best Actress BAFTA, and an Oscar for her role in The Theory of Everything, a biopic of Professor Stephen Hawking.

The revelation comes just after it was revealed that Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, will play the young Princess Leia in the new Star Wars movie, alongside her mother who will reprise her original role.


West Bromwich Albion fans to feature in Stallone film

West Bromwich Albion supporters are set to play a part in the latest Sylvester Stallone blockbuster after he made a surprise appearance during their game with Everton last night.

Sylvester Stallone on the big screen at Goodison Park Credit: Martin Rickett/EMPICS Sport

The 'Rocky' star appeared on the big screen and called on supporters at Goodison Park to act as extras, while he filmed a scene for his new spin off film "Creed".

He trains the grandson of Apollo Creed - the fighter with whom he clashed in the first two Rocky films.

Stallone, wearing an Everton shirt, introduced the film and asked the crowd to "go wild".

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