The first of the announced Star Wars spinoffs, Rogue One is set between Episode III and Episode IV, but will stray closer chronologically to A New Hope, following a band of resistance fighters who embark on a dangerous mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The role that Whitaker is up for is kept under wraps, but Ahmed and Luna will play Alliance fighters and Jones will star as a rebel soldier.
Whitaker is currently in the midst of shooting auteur Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi The Story of Your Life, which stars Amy Adams, and is in talks to join The Crow remake, which just lost star Jack Huston. He’ll next appear opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Antoine Fuqua’s boxing drama Southpaw, which bows July 24th.
The news was first reported by Variety.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor