Forest Whitaker cast in ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’

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Well, fuck. Star Wars: Rogue One is getting itself a thick, beefy collection of talent.


The cast of the first Star Wars Anthology film,Rogue One, just got an intense new addition who can contribute a tremendous sense of gravitas to the story. Forest Whitaker has joined Rogue One, in which he’ll appear alongside Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn. Gareth Edwards is directing this first Star Wars spin-off film.

Variety reports on the casting, but doesn’t have details on Whitaker’s role. We know that Felicity Jones plays a Rebel solider, and there are reports that Riz Ahmed and Diego Luna will also be Rebel characters, with Ben Mendelsohn tipped as a villain.

The story takes place between Star Wars episodes III and IV, and features the theft of plans for the original Death Star by a band of Rebels.

The tone has been tipped to be a bit more serious than any Star Wars film we’ve seen before, with an underpinning to the film that is akin to a “men on a mission” war movie. (JoBlo just reported rumors that the film will be akin to the movie Hamburger Hill.) When brief teaser footage from the film was revealed at Star Wars Celebration, a panel including Edwards and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy said this film will explore moral grey areas and realities of war.