Is Forest Whitaker joining the Star Wars universe?
According to Variety, the 53-year-old actor known for movies like The Butler and The Last King of Scotland is in negotiations to join the first Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One.
Whitaker’s potential role is unknown at this time, but given his track record, we could definitely see him in a commanding officer-type role (i.e. Out of the Furnace, The Last Stand, Street King, The Shield, Phone Booth, The Fourth Angel, Light It Up, The Enemy Within, Bank Robber, Body Snatchers, Hands of a Stranger, etc.).
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In addition to Whitaker, Diego Luna (Milk) and Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises) are also reportedly joining the flick, about a band of resistance fighters on a mission to steal the Death Star plans.
So far, the only confirmed actress to join the ensemble cast is The Theory of Everything’s Felicity Jones.
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At the Star Wars Celebration back in April, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) confirmed that Felicity would be playing a rebel soldier.
The movie will take place sometime after Episode III, but much closer to Episode IV, at a time when the Jedi were essentially wiped out.
Rogue One hits theaters December 2016.