While this news isn’t coming from an official Lucasfilm announcement, it seems pretty hard to deny. Actor Jonathan Aris, most well-known to audiences as forensic scientist Philip Anderson on “Sherlock,” will be joining director Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars Anthology spin-off Rogue One.
The news comes from a report at the BBC, where entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba details that Aris’ Spotlight page — an online resume system used by actors and actresses — listed an entry for Star Wars: Rogue One. See a captured image of the entry below.
The listing even seems to reveal his character’s name: “Senator Jebel.” While what we know of story specifics Rogue One‘s story specifics are largely vague, we do know that the film takes place before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The major element of the plot that we do know about concerns the theft of the Death Star plans by the Rebel Alliance, which will ultimately lead to the massive space station’s destruction at the hands of Luke Skywalker and the Rebel fleet at Yavin IV.
In A New Hope, Princess Leia makes direct reference to her being a part of the “Imperial Senate,” which is presumably held over from the Republic Senate seen in the prequel trilogy (and that her mother served in). Later in the film, Imperial officers aboard the Death Star discuss the political ramifications that the Death Star, as a station, will have on the Imperial Senate. At that moment, Grand Moff Tarkin and Darth Vader enter the room, with Tarkin saying that the Senate has been permanently dissolved by the Emperor, and that “the last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.”
Aris’ character could likely be an Imperial Senator, unless we learn of some other kind of governing body in the Star Wars universe that maybe isn’t connected to the Empire. The last time we saw anyone a part of something like that, that we know of at least, was when the leaders of the CIS were all murdered by Darth Vader on Mustafar in Revenge of the Sith.
Star Wars: Rogue One will be released on December 16th, 2015, and will star Felicity Jones and Diego Luna. For more on Star Wars as we get closer to the release of The Force Awakens and the continued development of Rogue One, keep your eyes peeled to GeekNation!
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