Every week, there seems to be some sort of new Star Wars news that causes the internet geek community to get very, very excited. In November, it was the first trailer for Episode VII, which pretty much broke the internet for a while. A few weeks back, it was the surprising news that Star Wars: Episode VIII will be hitting theaters in May 2017. We also received confirmation that Felicity Jones will be starring in Gareth Edwards' spin-off film, which is now titled Rogue One. While we all wait with baited breath for a new trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens (and just more information on the film in general), the news for Rogue One will tide us over. Tonight, there was another breaking story from Deadline (these guys have scooped several stories in a row) about a big casting rumor for the latest Star Wars film.
After casting Felicity Jones as the lead of Rogue One, it appears that Disney has now moved to casting her co-lead. And according to Deadline, that role will be filled by Ben Mendelsohn, the talented actor who has had bit parts in films like Killing Them Softly, Exodus, The Dark Knight Rises and The Place Beyond The Pines. Mike Fleming doesn't go into much detail at Deadline, as this still appears to be an early rumor. But if this came true, I would be tremendously excited. Mendelsohn is a great character actor and I can already imagine the chemistry between him and Jones. No plot details are known for Rogue One and Disney has revealed next-to nothing about the film, but this is shaping up to be a very promising flick and I'm looking forward to hearing more about it in the near future. From director Gareth Edwards and screenwriter Chris Weitz, Star Wars: Rogue One will be hitting theaters on December 16, 2016. Three Star Wars films in nearly 18 months. That is truly incredible to think about.
Source: Deadline, Collider