Mads Mikkelsen’s Star Wars Rogue One character revealed

The Hannibal star has confirmed the nature of his character in Rogue One

Well, it looks like the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story cast’s policy on spoilers isn’t as rigid as it was in The Force Awakens – or if it is then Mads Mikkelsen has just flouted convention in spectacular fashion. Speaking on Sky News, the Hannibal and Doctor Strange star confirmed as much, saying, “Felicity Jones is playing this lovely young strong woman. I play her father, and…that’s too much, I’m sorry.”

Whoops. Or is it? To be honest we can’t imagine this is something he did accidentally on purpose, especially considering how rigorously drilled the cast of The Force Awakens was on the topic of avoiding spoilers, but it still presents a number of interesting scenarios. For a start, Mikkelsen’s character is rumoured to be one of the creators of the Death Star (we have absolutely nothing to back this up, we hasten to add), but with Jyn Erso (the character who Jones is playing) apparently leading the Rebel attempts to uncover the plans for the battle station, what a story it would be if the person she is rebelling against is her own father.

Mads Mikkelsen has apparently let slip the identity of his Rogue One character

Moreover, it would certainly continue the Star Wars tradition of key characters being related to each other. We’re sure there’ll be more to it than this, but either way, it’s another nugget of information ahead of the release date.

Gareth Edwards is on directing duties, working from a script by Chris Weitz, John Knoll and Gary Whitta. Joining Jones and Mikkelsen in the cast are Diego Luna, Wen Jiang, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Alan Tudyk, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn, Genevieve O’Reilly, Alistair Petrie and many more.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released in cinemas on 16 December 2016. You can download our Star Wars: The Original Trilogy and Star Wars: Expanded UniverseComplete Manuals from For more news about the biggest movies, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.