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There’s a fair amount of mystery still swirling around Star Wars: Rogue One, even after the panel hosted by Gareth Edwards at Star Wars Celebration. We know that Edwards is directing the heist story about a team retrieving Death Star plans. At the moment, Felicity Jones has been cast, and the project – from what we hear – might have circled her co-stars.
According to Variety, the Star Wars: Rogue One team is looking at Nightcrawler co-star Riz Ahmed to play the lead male role in the Star Wars spinoff movie. At the same time, The Wrap adds that The Hunger Games standout Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair) also is up for a role in the growing ensemble. Sources couldn’t tell the trade site who Ahmed or Claflin would play, though Variety did note that Ahmed "likely" would play a rebel soldier, which is what we believe Jones would play, as well.
Ahmed’s most recent part was that of Rick, an entrepreneurial camera man who got in with the wrong people – well, person – when he took a job combing the streets of Los Angeles with the predatory Louis Bloom (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) in Nightcrawler. It was a striking turn in a dark and somber movie, and Ahmed held his own opposite Gyllenhaal and against the cool and stylish scene design by writer/director Dan Gilroy.
Claflin, meanwhile, has dabbled in large-scale blockbuster fare. In addition to the Hunger Games movies, he played a part in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean films, and acted in Snow White and the Huntsman.
We learned a good amount regarding Star Wars: Rogue One at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim. Gareth Edwards took to the stage to fill fans in on the plans to expand Star Wars beyond the normal Saga, which will be contained to J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson’s films. Set in the years between Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, this films is being positioned as an action-packed heist film. It’s also believed to be an ensemble film, so we expect to hear more names added to the cast sheet before too long.