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In today’s edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • Mads Mikkelsen sheds more light on his mysterious character.
  • Pablo Hidalgo makes it clear who isn’t in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
  • The complete story of Mon Mothma.
  • Composer Alexandre Desplat confirms that he’s still working on Rogue One.
  • Listen to a very cool Rogue One-infused Star Wars music remix.
  • ILM visual effects geniuses watch Rogue One trailer reaction videos.
  • A Rogue One VHS box that you’ll wish actually exists.
  • LEGO teases a Rogue One…something.
  • More information of Rogue One Force Friday toy releases.
  • Disney theme parks are set to sell the first Rogue One merchandise…for good cause!

Potential spoilers lurk in this first bit. Scroll down if you want to know as little as possible about the character Mads Mikkelsen is playing in Rogue One.

Last week, we learned a major detail about Mads Mikkelsen’s character in Rogue One – he’s playing the father of Felicity Jones‘ Jyn Erso. This has been rumored for some time now, but the brilliant Hannibal star has officially confirmed it. It’s fact. It’s canon. Now, we just need him to confirm that he’s playing the scientist who designs the Death Star for the Empire, which has also been rumored. And while he doesn’t confirm that in a new chat with the Evening Standard, he does tease “iconic characters” popping up in Rogue One:

Some of them – but I would reveal too much. There are iconic characters in our film and also characters you have never heard of. It’s a mix.

We already know that the bulk of the Rogue One cast will consist of new characters, but we also know that Darth Vader will play a significant role in the film and there have also been rumors of Grand Moff Tarkin showing up in some capacity. Heck, it’s easy to imagine a cameo by Princess Leia, since she’s active during this time period as well. Anyway, Mikkelsen also elaborated on his role as Jyn’s father, explaining that there will flashbacks to her younger days, where he will also show up as a dear ol’ dad:

I spend a lot of time with [Jones] and she’s a wonderful actress. I play her dad at the time of Felicity and I play her dad when she’s younger, so we jump back and forth in time.

The question now is why Mikkelsen’s character abandons his daughter or why she’s taken from him or why he is taken from her. After all, the first trailer certainly implies that Jyn has been on her own for some time.

While Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin may very well show up in Rogue One, Lucasfilm Story Group creative executive (and extremely entertaining/informative Twitter presence) Pablo Hidalgo confirmed that another villain will not be showing up. At all. No, Supreme Leader Snoke will not play a role in Rogue One and Hidalgo’s tweet above certainly makes it sound like there won’t be any connections to The Force Awakens at all. That’s actually pretty refreshing. Let the central films form connections and explore complex mysteries. Let the spin-offs just operate on their own and tell simple, one-and-done tales set in this amazing universe.

Although she only appears briefly in the original films, Mon Mothma looms over the larger Star Wars narrative as one of the most important movers and shakers behind-the-scenes of the Rebellion. The former senator worked under the nose of Emperor Palpatine, helping to build and support the Rebel alliance in its earliest and darkest days. Everyone remembers her briefing scene in Return of the Jedi, but she is a major presence in various other stories, playing major roles in novels set after the original trilogy and in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. Anyway, with the character set to return for Rogue One, the always valuable Star Wars Minute has dedicated a new episode to her career, much of which has likely survived the Disney canon purge.

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