Mads Mikkelsen in Star Wars Rogue One

Today in “better late than never” news, Making Star Wars has stumbled across an interview with Mads Mikkelsen that was conducted back in August. While it’s not much (and it really is barely anything), it does back up some rumors that we’ve heard before. When quizzed about he nature of his character in Rogue One, Mikkelsen said:

“No, my character is actually not a bad guy, and then I can not say more.”

Previous rumors (and these are also potential spoilers, if you’d like to keep on scrolling past this paragraph) have suggested that Mikkelsen is playing an Empire-employed scientist in the film who has second thoughts about his involvement in the creation of the Death Star. Fueled by guilt, he assists our heroes in stealing the plans to the space station. While this character (reportedly named “Galen”) seems to exist in shades of grey, he definitely doesn’t sound like a bad guy. And I certainly hope this is true, because that sounds like the exact kind of role that would fit the former Hannibal like a glove.

rogue one set photo

And while we’re sharing news pieces from Making Star Wars, the site claims to have discovered the name of another kind of Stormtrooper that will be featured in the film. This follows the news that Rogue One will feature “Death Troopers,” whose black armor is enhanced by green lights, and another kind of Stormtrooper designed for desert combat. And now:

In trooper news, I’ve heard another trooper mentioned called the “Pinnacle Trooper.” At this time I have no point of reference for the design. I do wonder/speculate if it will be the the long-faced black stormtrooper? In other points of clarification, the stormtrooper with the green lights by the microphone areas of the mask are the classic Death Troopers and not the long-faced one we saw in the Donnie Yen-released photo of the masks.

He is, of course, referring to Donnie Yen’s set photo (see above) that was quickly deleted but continues to live on because, once again, this is the internet. Could the “Pinnacle Trooper” be the far left helmet in this image?

This was a super early concept I did of the exploding ‘star killer base’. #starwars #theforceawakens

A photo posted by Andrée Wallin (@andreewallin) on

Concept artist Andrée Wallin shared a design for Starkiller Base from The Force Awakens on Instagram, which is cool by itself. But the really cool news lies in the comments. When asked if he was working on Episode 8, Wallin responded with:

“nope, but I’m working on Rogue One and two other untitled SW films. There’s a lot more to come”

So: Rogue One, possibly the untitled Han Solo movie, and…what else?

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