By Travis Martin
Rumors have been speculating about “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” ever since its announcement. What is know is that it will be set in between “Episode III” and “Episode IV,“ and will center on members of the Rebel Alliance as they attempt to steal the plans of the Death Star.
Recently, the costumes of Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen from the movie’s reveal photo were displayed at the Nuremberg Toy Fair. Only Riz Ahmed‘s costume was not on display. Clearly, Jones, Luna, and Wen’s characters are Rebel soldiers. However, I feel that Yen’s character is, in some way, a Jedi based on the clothing design.
Meanwhile, another rumor from MakingStarWars claims that iconic villain Darth Vader will be a prominent character in “Rogue One,” with actor James Earl Jones returning to voice the character. I do not mind if Vader does make an appearance, but I do want “Rogue One” to explore new villains, like the supposed Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, and Mads Mikkelsen.
MakingStarWars is also claiming to know the descriptions of the new characters played by Whitaker, Mikkelsen, and Mendelsohn. Whitaker will be playing a battle worn Rebel leader who supposedly has a robotic leg after losing it in a battle.
Meanwhile, Mikkelsen will supposedly be wearing earth toned colors at one point and is displayed in a neat shot within a golden colored field. Mendelsohn will then be playing the main villain who has a distinctive white cape split at the middle that, at one point, will trail behind him in a shallow body of water. The character will also have a distinctive sidearm and a cool name.
Personally, I do not know who Whitaker and Mikkelsen will be playing, but I feel that Mendelsohn will be playing, in some form, a fan favorite character from the the discarded “Star Wars Legends” universe: “Grand Admiral Thrawn.”
For those who do not know about the character, including myself, Thrawn was an Imperial officer, and the first non-human to achieve Grand Admiral status. After the events of Episode VI, Thrawn would take over the empire in Emperor Palpatine’s place. However, while Palpatine was a tyrant only interested in only himself, Thrawn was more of a tactician who allowed himself to listen to the advice of others and keep the Empire in check. An unusual quirk of Thrawn was that he was an avid art aficionado. Plus, Thrawn could be visually distinctive with his red eyes and blue skin.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is directed by Gareth Edwards and will release December 16, 2016.