According to a report from Variety, acclaimed actor Forest Whitaker is in talks to join the cast of Rogue One, which already stars Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn in a villainous role. I like the casting of Whitaker, and I especially like everything that I've seen from this film so far. Most Hollywood insiders have indicated that this will be a huge ensemble cast and will have a "dark and gritty" war movie feel. Director Gareth Edwards experimented with this in 2014's Godzilla and it will be interesting to see him tackle it again with Rogue One. Even though the story is one that we're already familiar with (the rebels attempt to steal the Death Star plans in an effort to save the galaxy), I have a feeling that Edwards and Lucasfilm will inject enough personality into it to make Rogue One feel fresh and unique. Although all eyes are on The Force Awakens right now, Rogue One has definitely piqued my interest. Star Wars: Rogue One debuts on December 16, 2016.
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