Hot on the heels of an all-new trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, the veil of mystery surrounding director J.J. Abrams’ new entry in the venerable Star Wars saga is carefully falling away. We have details on the political structure of Episode VII and the news on how the Star Wars: Battlefront video game DLC will fill in the story between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

Meanwhile, the first of the franchise’s spinoff films, Star Wars: Rogue One, has been flying under the radar (relatively speaking). Directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), Rogue One will be released in December of 2016 and star Felicity Jones. Aside from some rumored concept art descriptions, the only other news kicking around has been the possibility that Bloodline star Ben Mendelsohn is circling a starring role.

With any and all news on the Star Wars spinoff films potentially squelched by the updates on the next major chapter coming out of the 2015 Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, CA, we do have one update on Rogue One regarding Mendelsohn’s rumored involvement.

Mendelsohn recently spoke to Coming Soon about his upcoming turn in the Western Slow West, and when the talk turned unavoidably to the Star Wars rumor, this was the actor’s response:

“All I can say is that I’ve heard these rumors myself and I would be thrilled if something like that were to come to pass, and I can say with all truthfulness that there’s nothing definitive to those rumors. So who knows?”

When asked if Mendelsohn would need to read the script for such a project before accepting a role – as opposed to signing on to a huge franchise with no knowledge of the role beforehand – Mendelsohn said, “I’m a huge fan of it, but I don’t know. I’m not sure.”

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Mendolsohn’s denial is par for the course when it comes to blockbuster casting rumors. Jason Momoa dismissed the rumors that he had been offered the role of Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice before eventually taking the role. Girls star Adam Driver (who we all think is playing villain Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens) denied the rumor that he will appear in Dawn of Justice as Nightwing… and it looks like he was telling the truth.

So there is a tendency to take any casting denials with as much salt as those rumors which connect the actor in question with the project. There is little doubt that Mendelsohn – a fine actor – would bring an interesting dimension to Rogue One, but without more information on the what the role would be and even the film’s plot, we’ll have to take his comments at face value.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases in theaters December 18, 2015. Star Wars: Rogue One releases in theaters December 16, 2016.

Source: Coming Soon

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