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Published On: Thu, Feb 4th, 2016

‘Star Wars Rogue One’ news: details emerge on Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker and Ben Mendelsohn’s roles

In the wake of box office records by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney and Lucasfilm have fans excited for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, frenzied over every little nugget of news.

For example, from the first wave of Rogue One “Black Series” toys, StarWarsNews.net reports that the toys/characters were given some strange codenames. The names “Green Seal Leader,” “Shark Trooper,” “Blue Seal Communicator,” and “Seal Droid” all came to light and, like all good codenames, they tell you nothing about they actually represent. However, someone has broken the code:

Felicity Jones’ character is codenamed Green Seal Leader by the production.

Seal Communicator Blue is Jiang Wen’s character (the guy with the red armor on behind Donnie Yen in the cast photo).

Eel Commander is Forest Whitaker’s character. This faction destination has led me to speculate he’s a bounty hunter affiliated character.

Seal Droid is Alan Tudyk’s character.

The bad guys have codenames related to sharks.

The factions when coded amount to seals, eels, and sharks.

If “Seal” is the codename for Rebel soldier characters, then this essentially confirms that rumors that Alan Tudyk’s mo-cap character is a battle droid of some kind and fans may assume that the “Shark Trooper” figure may represent Ben Mendelsohn‘s mysterious villain.

From Making Star Wars comes news about the character played by Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker:

Forest Whitaker’s character uses a cane.

It appears he has one leg and uses a cane as a crutch to walk.

He appears to be a veteran of some battles, but it isn’t clear if he lost his leg fighting in the Clone Wars or against the Empire.

Based on a differentiated code name from the rest of the rebels in the movie, it appears he is likely good but maybe a bounty hunter affiliated type…

He seems to be a “good guy” in Rogue One. 

He has a cape and his costume is a hodgepodge of different things (think of someone you might see at Maz’s castle).

The Making Star Wars site revealed minor details about the main villain of the film, who is reportedly played by Mendelsohn.

There is a bad guy or person of some importance to the Empire. His main feature is a huge majestic white cape with a slit in the back. In the film there is a beautiful shot of this Imperial treading through a shallow body of water with said cape trailing him. The figure that wears it appears to be an older male. I’m told he has a badass sidearm and a really cool name. We’re fairly certain this is Ben Mendelsohn’s character but that’s not 100% or verified at this time.

Making Star Wars also claims there are shots of this character walking through legions of Stormtroopers, so he’s obvious some kind of Big Deal to the Empire.

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

Star Wars Rogue One cast photo Felicity Jones

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