Forest Whitaker In Talks To Enlist For “Star Wars: Rogue One”

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is in discussions to join the growing cast of Star Wars spinoff . The pic already stars Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn.

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.

Whitaker is repped by and .

The news was first reported by Variety.

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