Three weeks after eagle-eyed fans spotted what appeared to be Jimmy Smits in behind-the-scenes footage from "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," the actor has confirmed that, yes, he reprises his role as Bail Organa in the upcoming film.
“People got nothing better to do --?” he joked on CBS's "The Talk." “There’s stuff going on in the world!” However, after briefly feigning ignorance, Smits conceded he has a minor role in the Gareth Edwards film. "Can you say the word 'cameo'?" he said, adding with a laugh, "Can you say the words 'small part'?" Smits then pushed for a change of subject.
The shot from the "Star Wars" Celebration sizzle reel that gave him away depicted Smits (his face mostly obscured by a camera) opposite Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma at the Rebel base.
Smits played Senator Bail Organa, the adoptive father of Princess Leia, in 2002's "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones" and 2005's "Revenge of the Sith." He then returned to voice the character in the 2008 video game "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed."
Arriving Dec. 16, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Jonathan Aris.