Sunday’s Star Wars Celebration panel focused on the Star Wars spinoff films of the franchise. This Star Wars Anthology is said to expand on the existing universe, with LucasFilms President Kathleen Kennedy saying “the idea behind these movies that Star Wars — as much as it’s a series of events and characters that we have come to know — is a place.” The hope is that the anthology series will “tell stories that may not involve the Jedi.” We still don’t know much of anything of Josh Trank’s untitled Star Wars Spinoff, but it’s confirmed that Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars: Rogue One will see Felicity Jones leading a band of rebels to steal the plans of the Death Star. Ben Mendelsohn is also rumored to star in the film.
Now there is word that Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and Riz Ahmed (Four Lions, Nightcrawler) are in talks to appear in the film as well. Hit the jump for more.
According to a report from The Wrap, LucasFilm and Disney are “eyeing” Claflin for a role, while Ahmend is in talks to join. No specifics on the roles were mentioned, but given Claflin’s track record, it seems likely that he will be paired up with Jones’ rebel character. During the panel on Sunday, Gareth Edwards said her character would have “fear, humor, and warmth.” The director also confirmed that the film would take place in between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
In addition to his roles in The Hunger Games and Pirates of the Caribbean, Claflin has also starred in Snow White and The Huntsman, as well as The Quiet Ones and Love, Rosie. Ahmed is a relative unknown but has appeared in the dark comedy Four Lions, and alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Dan Gilroy’s neo-noir crime thriller Nightcrawler.
Star Wars: Rogue One is scheduled for a December 2016 release. Trank’s Untitled Star Wars Spinoff is scheduled for a 2017 release.
Here’s the official synopsis for Star Wars: Rogue One,
A rogue band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans and bring new hope to the galaxy in the Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One.