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Published On: Thu, Sep 3rd, 2015

‘Star Wars Rogue One’ adds Rege Jean Page, rumors swirl around Felicity Jones role

Star Wars fans are all set for The Force Awakens news, action figures and toys, so we take pause to summarize the recent news surrounding the next film in the franchise: Star Wars: Rogue One.

Star Wars Post reports that British actor Regé-Jean Page has been linked to Rogue One through his Spotlight.com page, used online for actors and agents.

Page stars in James McTeigue’s crime thriller Survivor, due later in 2015 and has appeared on the British drama series Waterloo Road. Disney has not publicly confirmed his Rogue One casting, but Star Wars Post reports Spotlight has yielded some good scoops in the past.

While film stars Felicity Jones, a character linked to greater Star Wars mythos: Is she Ahsoka Tano? (No, she looks too human.) Sabine? The daughter of Boba Fett? Now Star Wars 7 News adds another theory to the pile: Maybe she’s playing Aphra, the young droid programmer introduced in Star Wars: Darth Vader #3. (Source)

Here’s how they describe the character:

The third issue in the series introduced readers to a brand new character by the name of Dr. Aphra, a twenty-something-yr-old droid programmer and adventurer whose introduction into SW canon was reminiscent of that of Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark – ducking and diving through lasers to obtain her prize, accidentally setting off the defense system, and barely escaping with her life as a Clone Wars era destroyer droid barreled after her. Vader quickly recognizes her talents and hires her to aid him in his efforts to get back his master’s favor after his failure at the Death Star. Aphra proves to be a valuable asset to Vader, albeit chatty and naïve at times.

Jones was said to play a Rebel solider and there are reports that Riz Ahmed and Diego Luna will also be Rebel characters, with Ben Mendelsohn tipped as a villain. Directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), the film also stars Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen and Alan Tudyk.

Rogue One is set to arrive in theaters on December 16, 2016.

Star Wars Rogue One cast photo Felicity Jones

Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen and Riz Ahmed in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe,” said Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy in a statement. “It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. Gareth is such an innovative director, and I’m so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he’s selected for Rogue One.

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