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Report: STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE Targets Ben Mendelsohn for Lead

No word yet on how many Bothans died to bring you this information, but the latest piece of Star Wars spin-off news is here. According to Deadline, Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn (Exodus: Gods and KingsThe Dark Knight Rises) may be suiting up to star in Star Wars: Rogue One alongside Felicity Jones.

While we don’t know any explicit plot details about the first standalone film, we do know that Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat will pen the score, Gareth Edwards is directing, Chris Weitz is writing the latest draft, and Felicity Jones beat out the likes of Tatiana Maslany to land the lead role. Given the title, we can only surmise that this story will revolve around an X-Wing pilot — or pilots — so hopefully this will be the hard-boiled, grounded Wedge Antilles or Biggs Darklighter saga we’ve been waiting for. Honestly, I’m not sure who exactly Mendelsohn would play; maybe an aged Wedge or Han Solo’s haggard-looking cousin Hans Olo.

Recently, on Nerdist News, we explained exactly what Rogue One could mean for the galaxy far, far away. (Spoiler alert: nothing but good things.)

What do you think Star Wars: Rogue One could be about? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Keith says:

    We’ve been waiting for a Biggs Darklighter saga? He joined the Rebellion literally a couple days before Luke did, and then died at Yavin. Not much of a saga to be told, there.

    • Dan says:

      It could tell the story of him joining the imperial academy then uncovering some sort of secret that makes him decide to leave and join the rebellion. In other words, decide to go “rogue”. There was a rumor that this would involve some sort of heist. So he might be involved in stealing some info from the Empire on his way out of the academy.