With Star Wars Celebration in full swing, cool conceptual artwork and sneak peeks at the latest vehicles and gear are flying out of London. One of the biggest upcoming events this December is the first of several Disney and Lucasfilm standalone anthologies, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Lucky Celebration guests have been treated to a host of fun promos, including a making-of sizzle reel from the upcoming Star Wars epic.
Star Wars devotees already learned of several exciting returning characters and cameos for the A New Hope prequel, such as politician and war strategist Mon Mothma. Now, it appears another throwback from the earlier films might also make an appearance in the first anthology film.
Making Star Wars has highlighted a tweet from an eagle-eyed Star Wars fan. By analyzing stills from the featurette, they were able to discover the highly likely appearance of rebellion founder and Death Star casualty Bail Organa. From the fuzzy clips, it certainly does look like Jimmy Smits (face obscured by a camera) is ready to make a comeback in Rogue One. Take a look below:
— Ben San Tekka (@BN2187) July 15, 2016
Disney and Co. already announced the return of several characters from the Prequels, including the aforementioned Mon Mothma and the big daddy of the entire franchise, Darth Vader. Further exciting news came when Lucasfilm announced that Saw Gerrera (played by Forrest Whitaker) would play a sizeable role in Rogue One, making him the first Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series/book crossover. Bail Organa’s return would also mark the first time a character only seen in the prequel trilogy pops into a post-George Lucas Star Wars film.
Early insight from Lucasfilm seemed to indicate a detachment from the prequels. However, Bail Organa’s legacy in the rebellion stretches back to the very beginnings of Lucas' saga, as both he and his daughter Leia played an integral role in fighting the Empire. Although he’s only mentioned in the original trilogy, his role was further fleshed out in Episodes I-III. Smits’ Organa characterized the oddly aristocratic and yet humane side which made the Rebellion so likeable and compelling. His presence also brings the story of the Skywalker twins and their separation at birth (as well as R2-D2) full circle, pointing to the origins of Leia’s resolve and rebelliousness stems from.
The image is blurry and partially obscured, but it certainly looks like Smits’ dapper Bail Organa, the same one who helped the remaining Jedi elude capture at the dramatic close of Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith. If it is Organa, the presence of one of the Rebellion’s elder statesmen is a good sign for Rogue One, as Smits character was one of the brightest spots in the prequels. His return also means there will undoubtedly be more fun cameos, Easter eggs, and tie-ins which connect fans to their beloved films. We’ll be watching carefully to see whether Bail or any other fan faves show up.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Source: Making Star Wars