Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Last week’s third (and final) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer gave us a great deal to talk about. Now, the actors involved have given us even more. The past few days have seen new character details revealed and a fair share of new interviews with various cast members, so how about we run through everything you need to know?
Who the Hell Is This Guy?
That guy in the picture above? The guy who has shown up in all three Rogue One trailers so far? The guy that some fans have suggested could be Agent Kallus, an Imperial officer from Star Wars Rebels who may have changed sides, because actor Alistair Petrie bears a slight resemblance to the character? We finally know who he is thanks to Entertainment Weekly, who got this quote from director Gareth Edwards:
His name’s General Draven. It’s no official secret. Sometimes I read stuff online like it’s this big thing that’s been leaked, and I thought, ‘Oh, I thought people knew that.’
I’m as guilty as anyone for wondering if this guy was a familiar face hiding in plain sight. After all, footage from Rogue One has revealed familiar faces like Mon Mothma and General Dodonna playing roles in the film (although they’re played by new actors, of course). Anyway, we can expect to learn General Draven’s entire backstory in various comics and novels and video games and toy box descriptions soon enough!
The Ages of Jyn Erso
In Rogue One, Felicity Jones plays a Rebel soldier named Jyn Erso, whose scientist father, Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), is being used by the Empire to build the Death Star. We know from the trailer that Rogue One features at least one flashback to Jyn’s younger days, when she watches her father get taken by Imperial forces led by Ben Mendelsohn‘s Director Krennic. In a new interview with GQ, Mikkelsen revealed that we may actually see more younger Jyn than we initially thought:
I worked a few days with Felicity Jones and she is a wonderful actress. I worked with Jyn at three stages, and three different ages, so there was a little kid that was four, one that was eight, and then there was Felicity. So that was wonderful. I spent a lot of time with Ben Mendelsohn and that was hilarious. He’s a very funny man and he makes the day just fly by.
So there you go: Ben Mendelsohn is just as entertaining in real life as he is on late night talk shows! And also, we’ll get to see Jyn at three points in her life, not just two. We know from the upcoming Catalyst tie-in novel that the Erso family initially fled Krennic’s grasp during the Clone Wars, so maybe the youngest Jyn material will take place at that time, during the events of the prequel trilogy.