Monday, June 15, 2015

Forest Whitaker in talks to join the massive cast of 'Star Wars: Rogue One'

After Jurassic World snagged the biggest opening weekend of all time thanks to a mixture of perfect marketing, great casting and fan nostalgia, the Hollywood arms race is now beginning. Universal will continue to construct their Jurassic World and Fast and Furious franchises, Warner Bros. is masterminding the DC and Harry Potter universes, Fox is keeping X-Men afloat, and Disney is working on Avengers, and most importantly, Star Wars. The Force Awakens hits in December, and you can bet that Disney wants those records. Expect a new trailer for that film around the time that Ant-Man hits theaters before the marketing campaign ramps up in September. But Disney is looking even further into the future than that. Episode VIII will debut in May 2017, but before that film releases, the first Star Wars anthology film will smash its way into theaters. Star Wars: Rogue One will debut in December 2016 and fans are already excited by the buzz on this one. And today, another piece of the (reportedly) massive casting puzzle for that film came into place.

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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