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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mads Mikkelsen Confirms 'Rogue One' Role

The Rogue One trailer gave us a significant amount of information about the film's main character, Jyn Erso – her name, personality, rap sheet, mission – but the other characters received only a few seconds of footage each (with the slight exception of Forest Whitaker's character, who delivered an ominous voiceover). Mads Mikkelsen, who was sorely missing from the trailer, confirmed a key detail about his role when he spoke to Sky News today: he's playing Jyn's father. 
When asked about how he felt when he was approached by Lucasfilm, Mikkelsen said: 
"I mean I wasn’t really sure whether I was wearing a Stormtrooper outfit or anything like that, at that point. And I wasn’t sure I could fit in to that. I read the script. It was very beautiful. And Felicity is playing this lovely, young, strong woman and I play her father."
This also corroborates previous rumors that Mikkelsen's character – seemingly named Galen – is one of the principal engineers of the Death Star project who realizes the error of his ways and enlists his daughter, Jyn, to help destroy the superweapon by stealing its plans. This doesn't totally make sense, given what the trailer showed us (Jyn's mission appears to come from the Rebel Alliance, not her father), but Mikkelsen's previous statement that his character is "actually not a bad guy" matches with the report that he's an Imperial who defects. 
In the trailer, Mon Mothma mentions that Jyn's been alone since the age of 15. Even if Galen isn't working for the Empire, he still must have abandoned her for some reason, so we can be sure that his relationship with Jyn will be difficult, although hopefully not as twisted as those between Luke and Vader, and Han and Kylo. (Too soon?) 

Are you excited to learn that Mads Mikkelsen will be playing Jyn Erso's father? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you. 

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