StarWars7News is reporting today that actor Ken Leung will be playing a Resistance general in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Leung is a veteran actor who has appeared in numerous TV and film roles, but is best known for his recurring role of Miles Straume in the J.J. Abrams-produced show Lost. He also had a recurring role in another J.J. Abrams show, Person of Interest, and played Kid Omega in X-Men: The Last Stand.
According to StarWars7News, Leung will be playing what looks to be a Resistance officer as evidenced by “a brownish uniform with a reddish belt.” Further, the rank insignia on this uniform apparently indicates that Leung will be a Resistance general.
J.J. Abrams has a history of casting actors that he’s worked with so it makes sense that he would tap Leung, who has appeared on two of his shows. What I like about this is that Leung is not only an Asian-American actor, but he’s possibly playing a role that places him in a position of authority. We finally got to see an “Asian” character in a substantial role in the Star Wars universe this past weekend with the introduction of Commander Sato in the season 2 premiere of Star Wars Rebels, and it would be fantastic to see that trend continue in The Force Awakens.
Hopefully we’ll see more details on this soon. Thanks to our good buddy Joaqin Slowly for the heads up!