Much about "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," the first standalone anthology film in the franchise, remains a mystery. The first trailer has been released, but that only revealed the name of Felicity Jones' character, Jyn Erso. And while we still don't know the name of Mads Mikkelsen's character, who was also absent from the "Rogue One" trailer, we now know who he is.
During an appearance on SkyNews, Mikkelsen talked about the secrecy around the "Star Wars" film, which is set just prior to 1977's "Star Wars." "I can say absolutely nothing about it," said Mikkelsen. "I can but then I'd have to kill you and all the audience." Mikkelsen relented a little after being asked about his decision to join the cast. "I read the script and it was very beautiful, and Felicity is playing this lovely, strong woman and I play... her father. And that was too much, I'm sorry."
So yes, Mikkelsen will be playing Jyn Erso's father -- although most likely an absentee one, as the trailer points out that Erso has been "on her own" since she was 15 years old. Further details about Mikkelsen's character, like whether or not he's a Rebel, an Imperial or something else entirely, remain unknown.
Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen reveals that he's playing the father of the main character in Star Wars film Rogue One https://t.co/6dagUqZB2j
— Sky News (@SkyNews) April 28, 2016
Directed by Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla,” “Monsters”) from a script by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz, “Rogue One” stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna and Riz Ahmed.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens Dec. 16.