Subsequent to the recent unveiling of the main cast costumes from the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, fans of the Star Wars franchise have been no doubt wondering when the next bit of news regarding the spinoff film would be revealed. Well read fans of the series know by now that Rogue One will cover events that take place prior to Episode IV - A New Hope concerning the Rebel Allliance's attempt to thwart the Empire's construction of the first Death Star, with the original trilogy villains Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin rumored to make an appearance.
The new movie is set to be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), and will star Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, and Jiang Wen as the film's main characters. Meanwhile, the latest rumor regarding Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker's role has the celebrated thespian playing a character of potentially equal importance in the film.
According to MakingStarWars.net, Whitaker's character in Edward's film is one of questionable allegiances, as he has a different code name from the rest of the Rebels in the film - though, it is believed he will ultimately prove to be a "good guy." Whitaker is also rumored to bear a cane which he uses as a crutch to aid in the loss of one of his legs, an injury presumably sustained during the course of his suggested military history during the Clone Wars or against the Empire in some other capacity. He is also described as wearing a cape and costume bearing a hodgepodge of various items.
It is currently believed that Whitaker will be an ally to the Rebel Alliance in Edwards' film, though his shifty looking nature and uncertain history certainly leave that fact open to change and chance. But based on this early description alone, it would appear as though Whitaker will be playing a character well suited to the history of the Star Wars franchise, even if these early characteristics change or prove to be slightly inaccurate by the time Rogue One hits theaters.
With any luck, Whitaker's character could very well be a bounty hunter type character who might pull from the strongest aspects of series favorites like Han Solo and Boba Fett. Either way, fans can rest assured that the aura and feeling of the Star Wars brand appears to have left its mark in the making of Rogue One - and the film should prove to be in keeping with the original trilogy of films that it will directly precede.
Star Wars: Episode 7 – The Force Awakens is now in theaters, and will be followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode 8 on December 15th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode 9 is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.