Warning: Minor Rogue One spoilers to follow.
Recently, director Gareth Edwards seemed to confirm once and for all that Alden Ehrenreich’s young Han Solo would not have a cameo role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, like many rumors had suggested over the past several months. With Solo’s cameo put to rest though, the number of possible characters that could show up in the film is admittedly small, due to the film’s place in the timeline and its separate nature from the saga films.
However, when the sizzle reel for Rogue One was released during Star Wars Celebration Europe, keen-eyed fans did notice what looked like a familiar-looking character standing with Mon Mothma in a Rebellion council meeting, it seemed like, with many speculating that none other than Bail Organa could be appearing in the film.
Considering his place in the Star Wars universe and the timeline as well, it seemed like a cameo role that could actually turn out to be true.
Looks like fans were right this time too, as actor Jimmy Smits seemed to confirm his reprisal during an interview with The Talk recently. Smits teased:
“Can you say the word ‘cameo’? Can you say the words ‘small part’?”
Okay, so it’s not exactly a confirmation, but it’s pretty damn close. If Bail does end up appearing in the film as well, that makes him the third live-action character from previous Star Wars films known to be in the movie, along with Mon Mothma and of course, Darth Vader. This doesn’t count Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrera either, who will be transitioning over from the animated Clone Wars to live-action in the new film.
Considering that Smits’ Senator Organa, who’s also the adoptive father of Leia, dies when the Death Star blows up his planet of Alderaan in A New Hope, this’ll probably be the last time we’ll get to see him in one of the Star Wars films if we’re being completely realistic. Even despite the general disappointment that fans have with the prequels as well, Smits’ Organa is generally considered to be one of the best characters in the three films, so seeing him return in the film, should help to bring it an added level of familiarity, amongst all of the new characters and tone.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to hit theatres on December 18th.
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