Star Wars: The Force Unleashed will be heading to theaters in six months, but that’s certainly not the only Star Wars film on the horizon. Next year will see the release Star Wars: Rogue One, a spinoff which takes place prior to the events of the original trilogy, and another casting addition has been announced.
Variety reports that Forest Whitaker is currently in negotiations to join the cast of Star Wars: Rogue One, which follows a group of resistance fighters as the plot to steal the plans for the original Death Star. If the deal comes together, Whitaker will join a cast that also includes Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn.
We already know that Jones is portraying one of the rebel soldiers, and Variety says that Ahmed and Luna will also be part of the Rebel Alliance. No word yet on what sort of role Whitaker will have, but it would be easy to picture him as some sort of military commander. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will helm the spinoff, which will be the first in the new Star Wars Anthology series.
Rogue One will likely have a darker, more serious tone than the other films in the Star Wars franchise. During a panel at Star Wars Celebration, Edwards and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy promised the movie would explore the complexities and realities of war, including the moral grey areas and the ambiguity of good and evil.
Star Wars: Rogue One will shoot this summer at Pinewood Studios in London, with a release date scheduled for December 16, 2016.