'Catching Fire's Sam Claflin & Riz Ahmed Up for 'Star Wars: Rogue One'
by Ethan Anderton
April 23, 2015
As of now, the only confirmed cast member for Star Wars: Rogue One is Felicity Jones, and details from Star Wars Celebration last weekend revealed that she'll be playing a Rebel soldier involved with the heist to get the plans to the first Death Star. . However, two more potential names have surfaced to join the first Star Wars Anthology spin-off slated for release on December 16th, 2016 as The Wrap reports The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay star Sam Claflin is being eyed for a role and Badass Digest adds that Four Lions and Nightcrawler star Riz Ahmed seems to be attached to the project too. Read on!
As of now, Claflin is said to be the frontrunner for what will be a major role amongst an ensemble of actors, with comparisons being drawn to The Wild Bunch and The Magnificent Seven for the kind of character set we can expect. Ahmed seems to be further along in the casting process with the report saying that he's currently attached to the project. He's an up and coming star, and he certainly adds some diversity to the cast being a British born Muslim of Pakistani descent. Production will begin later this year, so we should be getting more casting details very soon, so stay tuned.