Let it be known that Star Wars mania has gripped London, and though the annual event stands as a celebration to Lucasfilm’s prestigious franchise across the board, there’s one headliner that’s threatening to steal the show.
We are, of course, referring to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Gareth Edwards’ militaristic offshoot that took budding fans behind-the-scenes earlier today with an inspired featurette. Teasing trouble in paradise (the alien planet of Scarif, in this instance), it showcased new footage of Edwards’ ragtag group of anti-heroes as they hitch a plan to steal blueprints for the Death Star.
But one character that remained on the sidelines was Galen Erso, Mads Mikkelsen’s rogue scientist and father to Felicity Jones’ lead heroine, Jyn Erso. Until now, at least.
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Appearing on stage along with much of the Rogue One cast, Mikkelsen was on hand during the Star Wars Celebration Europe to talk all things Galen Erso, before eventually revealing our first look at the Danish actor in costume.
Beyond Jones and Mikkelsen, Disney’s ragtag crew of outlaws and bandits also includes Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen), Rebel fighter Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed), Alan Tudyk’s droid K-2SO, and the villainous Imperial leader Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn). There are also roles for James Earl Jones, returning in his iconic role of Darth Vader and Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma – who is set to enjoy a “significantly larger” role in Gareth Edwards’ offshoot.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story shoots for theaters on December 16.