‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Cast Adds Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitataker Star Wars Rogue One

As Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One prepares to begin shooting this summer more and more details begin to surface. We’ve recently learned director Gareth Edwards and cinematographer Greig Fraser are using the Arri’s new ALEXA 65 and that the film will be “darker and grittier” than any other Star Wars film to date, aiming to be much like an old school war film, a la Hamburger Hill. Now we get word of a new cast member added to the mix.

Variety reports Forest Whitaker will be joining a cast led by Felicity Jones, co-starring with Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed and Ben Mendelsohn. Mendelsohn is said to be playing the film’s lead antagonist while source tell Variety, Ahmed and Luna also play Alliance fighters. Whitaker’s role is unknown at this time.

The film centers on a band of resistance fighters who unite for a mission to steal the Death Star plans. The story is set between the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and is set to hit theaters on December 16, 2016.