‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Eyes Ben Mendelsohn for Leading Role
Now that the first Star Wars spinoff has an official title and an official leading lady, it’s about time for the project to get into gear and add a few more faces. Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn might just be the first name to join the cast opposite Felicity Jones, which is a very, very exciting prospect if you’ve paid any attention to Mendelsohn’s work at all.
According to Deadline, Mendelsohn is “circling” a leading role opposite Jones in Star Wars: Rogue One. Mendelsohn’s been acting since the ‘80s, but he didn’t really break through until the acclaimed 2010 Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom. Recently, he’s delivered similarly great performances in The Place Beyond the Pines and Starred Up, and he stars on the new Netflix series Bloodline.
So far, we still don’t know a whole lot about Star Wars: Rogue One. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is at the helm, working off a script by Chris Weitz, who recently came on to replace Gary Whitta. We have been able to independently confirm the rumored plot: a group of bounty hunters who attempt to steal the plans to the Death Star.
“Rogue One” was the name given to Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back, which may also offer a clue to the film’s plot.
Star Wars: Rogue One is set for release on December 16, 2016.