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Everything We Know About "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

Updated on January 4, 2016
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There's a new Star Wars film on the horizon, in fact five of them, but only one will hit theaters Dec. 16, 2016 (that is, unless "The Force Awakens" will still be drawing large crowds), this time about a scrappy rebel group determined to steal the plans for the Death Star. And they ain't no Bothans. Here's everything we know so far about the upcoming film.

Felicity Jones as she appears in a "Rogue One" fan poster.
Felicity Jones as she appears in a "Rogue One" fan poster. | Source

The cast

Felicity Jones: With titles such as "The Theory of Everything" and the ill-fated "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" under her belt, Jones has just gotten her feat wet with big budget Hollywood productions. She will star as a Rebel Alliance soldier rumored to be named Lyro Erso, though it is extremely possible that her character will go by another name.


Ben Mendelsohn: Originally a TV actor, Ben's recent career has seen him in Hollywood movies such as "The Dark Knight Rises" as a character actor, oftentimes playing crooks and criminals. He should git right in with this Alliance-centered film. Though his character has not yet been released, it is very possible that he might play a character within the "Star Wars" underworld, though it will not be completely unheard of if his allegiance is to the Empire.

Mendelsohn as photographed by New York Times photographer Damon Winters. He has been surprised as dangerous, surprising, and charming.
Mendelsohn as photographed by New York Times photographer Damon Winters. He has been surprised as dangerous, surprising, and charming. | Source
Mikkelsen in "Casino Royale."
Mikkelsen in "Casino Royale." | Source

Mads Mikkelsen: Any fan of movies ever will recognize this constant face of evil. Throughout his career, Mikkelsen has had the privilege of playing iconic villains such as Le Chiffre from "Casino Royale" and Hannibal Lecter himself. Whatever form he may come in in "Rogue One," it will most certainty be brutal.

Yen's IMDb picture.
Yen's IMDb picture. | Source

Donnie Yen: Action star and martial artist, Donnie has starred in the "IP Man" films. "Blade II," and has appeared on the "Fist of Fury" TV show. Though a bit old to be doing his own stunts, he has done some great recent work as both action choreographer and action director. A martial arts master, it is very likely that he will have a hand in the combat sequences of the film, in addition to acting in it. In the released photo, he is holding a staff, much like "The Force Awakens" Rey.

Forest Whitaker: A decorated actor, he is sure to bring a lot to the table in "Rogue One." he is not present on the released image of Felicty Jones and her crew, and given his renown performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland," which won him an Academy Award (4th given to an African-American male for Best Actor), BAFTA, and Golden Globe, it is entirely possible that Whitaker might be batting for the Empire. A great actor and a great selection for "Rogue One."

Forest Whitaker in "The Last King of Scotland."
Forest Whitaker in "The Last King of Scotland." | Source
Luna's IMDb picture.
Luna's IMDb picture. | Source

Diego Luna: With appearances in big-name movies such as "Elysium," "Contraband," and "Milk," Luna has proved himself as an actor who can hold his own in big-named franchises. Luna's work often has to do with "Mexican - and Latin American-themed features that deal with social justice issues," according to his IMDb page, though it is uncertain if these themes will be at all present in the film.

Tudyk as the iconic "Wash" from Joss Whedon's "Firefly."
Tudyk as the iconic "Wash" from Joss Whedon's "Firefly." | Source

Alan Tudyk: The "Firefly" star should feel just at home in the "Star Wars" Universe. Since his run on the iconic show, Tudyk has seen a diversity of roles, from Alpha from "Dollhouse" to less prestigious jobs such as Sonny from "I, Robot" (2004), and has had a lively voice acting career, appearing in projects like "Batman: The Brave and the Bold," and "Halo 3."

Riz Ahmed: A relatively new actor, "Star Wars" could be Ahmed's big break. Though he has acted in films such as "Nightcrawler," and "Four Lions," Ahmed lacks the Hollywood experience his counterparts have. "Rogue One" might be the hit that puts him on the map.

Ahmed (left) starred opposite of Jake Gyllenhaal (right) in 2014's "Nightcrawler."
Ahmed (left) starred opposite of Jake Gyllenhaal (right) in 2014's "Nightcrawler." | Source

The Director

Gareth Edwards: A relatively novice director, he has worked within the visual effects department since 2003, and his work is reflective of that. He made his name with 2010's "Monsters," a cute little film that looks rather nice considering it was made on a budget of $0.2 million. His next film, 2004's "Godzilla," saw Edwards fumble with a big IP, though Godzilla himself looked good. "Star Wars" is relatively simple, good characters, conflict, lasers that go "pew pew," space battles; unless if Edwards decides to focus on something completely irrelevant to what the audience expects to see in a "Star Wars" movie, he can't go wrong here.

Edwards's last film wasn't exactly a critical hit.
Edwards's last film wasn't exactly a critical hit. | Source
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The Script

With Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) and Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass) comfirmed and Christopher McQuarrie (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation) rumored, "Rogue One" should have a good, strong script for Edwards to follow. Whether or not he will allow it to reach its full potential is yet to be seen.

Worth Seeing?

Eventually, yes, but time will tell if this is a film worth to be seen in theaters. Though Edwards has proven that he is a master of special effects and CG (meaning the movie will look impressive in 3D), his previous blunder with "Godzilla" might carry over to Rogue One's focus and character development. However, with capable, but not all around costly actors, Edwards has a good shot of gleaning strong performances, if only he doesn't throw George Lucas-esque lines at them.

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      2 years ago from England, UK

      I hadn't even considered Wedge Antilles having a possible cameo in Rogue One until now. That would be so good! I'm currently producing a hub on the shortlist for the role of Han Solo. I've read that they're planning an early casting in order for a cameo in Rogue One, so I'll definitely link to this hub and send people to your poll!

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