Star Wars spin-off gets cast


Derek Munyon
Arts & Entertainment Editor

Have you ever wondered how Princess Leia got the Death Star blueprints at the beginning of Episode IV?

That question will be answered on December 16, 2016 when the Star Wars spin-off, “Star Wars: Rogue One,” hits theatres.  The film is set before the events of “A New Hope” and will show how the rebels were able to gain the upper hand through getting these blueprints.  Gareth Edwards who previously worked on “Monsters” and the “Godzilla” film released in 2014 will direct the film.

The cast of “Rogue One” includes Felicity Jones of “The Theory of Everything” fame.  Also included in the cast are Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen of the NBC show “Hannibal,” and Alan Tudyk of the cult favorite “Firefly.”  Rounding out the small group of rebels are Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna and Riz Ahmed.

According to The Daily Mail, the late Peter Cushing will also be returning in his role as Grand Moff Tarkin through computer generated effects.  Cushing died in 1994 at the age of 81, but will play a crucial role in the new movie.

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, it was met with worry and harsh criticism from Star Wars fans.  While the much-anticipated Episode VII has yet to be released, it’s coming out December 18 of this year, we shouldn’t jump to harshly judging Disney’s prospective work on the franchise.  The company has yet to ruin the Marvel franchise, which it acquired in 2009, and one thing is for certain, Disney will most likely continue to give us intriguing Star Wars spin-offs like “Rogue One.”




Felicity Jones

Jiang Wen

Forest Whitaker

Donnie Yen

Mads Mikkelsen

Diego Luna

Alan Tudyk

Riz Ahmed