I woke up to find part of one of my Rogue One predictions had come true this morning. Jimmy Smits has told The Talk that he will feature in the new movie....
We kind of already knew this was the case because we had spotted Jimmy in the SWCE sizzle reel footage a few weeks ago. You can see that below:
Jimmy played Bail Organa, a member of the Republic Senate and one of the founders of the Rebel Alliance in the Star Wars prequels. Bail went on to become the adoptive father of Princess Leia, another character we are predicting will show up in Rogue One. Jimmy explained to The Talk that his involvement is little more than a cameo.
Small role or not I think this is great. I like Jimmy Smits, I liked the character of Bail Organa and I like that this ties the original trilogy to the prequel trilogy in way that honours what went before. Even the recasting of Genevieve O'Reilly, who was initially cast as Mon Mothma in the prequels before being cut, sends signals that Lucasfilm respect the prequel trilogy, even if many fans would rather they simply go away.
So we are getting some cameos from actors who played the same roles earlier in the Star Wars galaxy, we are reportedly getting characters who appeared, such as Ponda Baba and Cornelius Evazan, so who is yet to be announced? I think a CGI Leia is a must have in this film, and maybe even a CGI Tarkin. The image below shows an actor, seen in the SWCE sizzle reel, who is wearing tracking markers around the shoulders. If you watch the footage closely you can see him moving in a distinctly Peter Cushing-like way. I wonder if this will turn out to be our first look at Governor Tarkin in Rogue One?
Who else would you like to see added to the cast of characters in Rogue One? Leave your thoughts in the comments below....
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