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Mads Mikkelsen discusses narrative style and potential classic characters in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The following may be considered spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.


Yesterday Mads Mikkelsen spilled the beans on who he’s playing in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and today, speaking to UK magazine Standard Online, Mikkelsen has given even more details about not only his role in the film, but some iconic characters that we might see.

When asked if Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) or members of the original trilogy had joined the cast on set, he told Standard Online: “Some of them – but I would reveal too much. There are iconic characters in our film and also characters you have never heard of. It’s a mix.”

We’ve already filled you in on rumors that Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin might appear in the film, but who knows which characters Mikkelsen is referring to. Further in the interview with Standard, Mikkelsen admits that he hadn’t seen Star Wars before filming Rogue One, but if I had to bet on which iconic character he could recognize on set anyway, I’d put money on Darth Vader.

Mikkelsen goes on to give some details about his role and Jyn’s past:

The Hannibal actor – who recently revealed he is playing the father of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) – said the Gareth Edwards-directed film will also feature flash backs to Jyn’s childhood.

“I spend a lot of time with [Jones] and she’s a wonderful actress. I play her dad at the time of Felicity and I play her dad when she’s younger, so we jump back and forth in time.”

I’m pleased to hear we’ll possibly get a little insight in to Jyn and Mikkelsen’s character’s relationship. It sounds like his part is mostly with her and I look forward to learning what put Jyn on her own at age 15. I have a feeling this will explain an older story about Mikkelsen walking in something akin to a field:

Mikkelsen wears earth tones in terms of his costume. There’s a shot of him in an impressive golden-colored field.

We originally heard that Mikkelsen was playing Jyn’s father and he was a key designer in the Death Star project. In the trailer we learned conclusively that Jyn has been alone and on her own since she was 15.

Thanks to alxwd for the heads-up!

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