STAR WARS NEWS: Characters Description Rumors Shed New Light on Mads Mikkelsen’s Role in Rogue One | FanboysInc

STAR WARS NEWS: Characters Description Rumors Shed New Light on Mads Mikkelsen’s Role in Rogue One

By Muuka Muyumba

Now that we’ve basked in the glow of The Force Awakens, Disney and Lucasfilm are hard at work on crafting a tapestry of films that blends the resurgence of the Force, and anthology stories to fill in the gaps.

Star Wars: Rogue One will tell the story of the Bothan crew who steals the plans for the first Death Star. The pre-New Hope film will tell the first Star Wars story without Jedis or the Force. Director Gareth Edwards directs the movie which apparently will be a very intimate story of a father and his daughter, according to Star Wars News blog.

Mads Mikkelsen (Galen appears to be his name in the film) is kind of the key to the film in a way. He is a scientist that took over the Geonosian Death Star project. He solved several of the flaws the Empire could not and is sort of a revered person in the Empire for his contributions. However, Mikkelsen’s character is a Robert Oppenheimer-type character. Oppenheimer helped design the atomic bomb only to say, “Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” The guilt “Galen” feels for his contributions to the Empire become too much and he defects, attempting to make things right. In order to do this, he enlists the help of his only daughter.

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So it is likely that Mikkelsen’s character will be the father of Felicity Jones’s lead character, who must help to save her father’s soul by stealing the plans.

In one way, Rogue One is very new, but still follows the path of so many Star Wars films: family is like the Force, it surrounds, binds, and penetrates the galaxy. As Kathleen Kennedy has said, The Force Awakens is a Skywalker story, then Rogue One will ultimately tell us the story of Galen and his daughter. Star Wars is about family legacies, and the first to right a wrong.

Rogue One hits theaters on December 16, 2016.