Ben Mendelsohn Maybe Circling Lead Role in 'Star Wars: Rogue One'
Now that the first standalone spin-off to follow Star Wars: The Force Awakens has the official title of Star Wars: Rogue One and a confirmed leading lady in Oscar nominee Felicity Jones, it's time for the rest of the film's cast to get rounded up before production begins later this year. Deadline has word that Ben Mendelsohn, a spectacular Aussie character actor you should recognize from The Dark Knight Rises and Killing Them Softly, is circling another lead role alongside Jones. Of course, as has become customary with all Star Wars casting news, there's absolutely no hint of what kind of character he will be playing at all.
Though there hasn't been any confirmation, it sounds like the spin-off is most likely about the heist to get the plans to the first Death Star, meaning the film takes place sometime between Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars (likely closer in the timeline to the latter). It's certainly one of the cooler ideas that could have happened, and it's infinitely better than any origin story. Though I'm sure they'll shoehorn in some familiar characters somehow just for the hell of it. Anyway, Mendelsohn would make a fine addition to the Star Wars universe, and we'll be on the lookout for any more additions to the Rogue One coming up.