More casting news for the upcoming Star Wars Anthology spin-off titled Rogue One, being directed by Gareth Edwards. With shooting starting up soon, they’re finalizing casting and so far we’ve seen them making some excellent choices: Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed are confirmed. And now Variety can confirm a few others: Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn. The plot, revealed at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim a few months ago, follows a band of resistance fighters on a daring mission to steal the Death Star (plans). Luna will play a lead role alongside Jones and Ahmed, however Mendelsohn is apparently playing the lead antagonist (or “primary villain” as he’s being called). Now this new movie is really starting to come together.
Mexican actor Diego Luna has appeared in a number of roles in various movies, taking on more lead roles recently. He’s been in: Y Tu Mamá También, Frida, The Terminal, Contraband, Casa de mi Padre, Elysium and Milk. Ben Mendelsohn, on the other hand, is a very talented character actor from Australia. Recently he’s been in tons of movies, too: Animal Kingdom, Killing Them Softly, The Dark Knight Rises, The Place Beyond the Pines, Starred Up, Lost River, Exodus: Gods & Kings, Black Sea, Mississippi Grind and Slow West. Both of them are very talented, and it’s great to see Edwards lining up such an impressive cast in this.
Here’s the details they add about Star Wars: Rogue One: “The film will take place between Episode III and Episode IV, but closer chronologically to A New Hope.” And it is kind of an ensemble heist movie, but they add specifically: “The cast is expected to be a large ensembler similar to The Dirty Dozen and Saving Private Ryan, but sources add Luna is one of the leads of the film with Jones, Ahmed and Mendelsohn.” Interesting. We’ll continue to keep an eye out for more Star Wars news, but I like the way this is shaping up.