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Rumor: Ben Mendelsohn may join the cast of the Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One

03.25.2015

It wasn’t that long ago that the title of the first Star Wars spin-off was revealed to be ROGUE ONE. Then came the trailer for the fifth Mission: Impossible film which ended up going by the name of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION. Now I’d say that most of us can tell the difference between a Star Wars film and a Mission: Impossible film, but that didn’t stop Disney and Paramount from briefly butting heads over the use of the word “rogue”. Seeing as how Paramount registered the title months ago it was agreed that Disney would hold off promoting ROGUE ONE until later in the year.

Thankfully that deal doesn’t stop the Star Wars rumour mill from moving forward; Deadline is telling us that Ben Mendelsohn is in discussions to take on a major role in ROGUE ONE which could have him starring alongside the film's sole confirmed cast member Felicity Jones.

Ben Mendelsohn is a heck of an actor but has never really had the opportunity to lead a film of this size before; this could be a great chance for him to show a larger audience what he can do and plus…how can you say no to the chance at appearing in a Star Wars film? Currently Mendelsohn is blowing people away with his performance in Netflix's great new series Bloodlines.

The Star Wars spin-off, which was scripted by Chris Weitz and will be directed by Gareth Edwards, begins shooting in London this summer for a December 16, 2016 release.

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Source: Deadline

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8:21AM on 03/26/2015

Put him in the main series too!

Such an awesome actor, sometimes I barely recognize the guy just from his acting.
Such an awesome actor, sometimes I barely recognize the guy just from his acting.
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2:53AM on 03/26/2015

I'll make a guess he plays...

BIGGS DARKLIGHTER. Look at that mustache, you can't tell me he doesn't look very similar?!
BIGGS DARKLIGHTER. Look at that mustache, you can't tell me he doesn't look very similar?!
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10:38PM on 03/25/2015
Can definitely see him playing a villain or a fellow pilot. I'd be happy with either decision. But I'm leaning more towards him being a part of the Empire.
Can definitely see him playing a villain or a fellow pilot. I'd be happy with either decision. But I'm leaning more towards him being a part of the Empire.
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10:23PM on 03/25/2015
Awesome, he is a great actor. Plays a terrific villain.
Awesome, he is a great actor. Plays a terrific villain.
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9:37PM on 03/25/2015
More Ben Mendelsohn is always a good thing.
More Ben Mendelsohn is always a good thing.
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9:24PM on 03/25/2015
Great underrated actor. I hope he's playing a villain. He can be very menacing in the right role and with the right material.
Great underrated actor. I hope he's playing a villain. He can be very menacing in the right role and with the right material.
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9:15PM on 03/25/2015
Great news. This guy is a great actor. I just finished Bloodline series and it was a really really good slow burn family drama with him being the best part about it. If you haven't seen Animal Kingdom drop what you're doing and watch it right freaking now.
Great news. This guy is a great actor. I just finished Bloodline series and it was a really really good slow burn family drama with him being the best part about it. If you haven't seen Animal Kingdom drop what you're doing and watch it right freaking now.
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9:28PM on 03/25/2015
I think Animal Kingdom was my first exposure to him, and you're right, if anyone hasn't seen it...do so!
I think Animal Kingdom was my first exposure to him, and you're right, if anyone hasn't seen it...do so!
10:20PM on 03/25/2015
Just started that series on episode 4 and I can tell he is the actual star of the show even though I was interested because of Kyle Chandler another good actor. Your right Animal Kingdom was great.
Just started that series on episode 4 and I can tell he is the actual star of the show even though I was interested because of Kyle Chandler another good actor. Your right Animal Kingdom was great.
9:14PM on 03/25/2015
Great news. This guy is a great actor. I just finished Bloodline series and it was a really really good slow burn family drama with him being the best part about it. If you haven't seen Animal Kingdom drop what you're doing and watch it right freaking now.
Great news. This guy is a great actor. I just finished Bloodline series and it was a really really good slow burn family drama with him being the best part about it. If you haven't seen Animal Kingdom drop what you're doing and watch it right freaking now.
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9:24PM on 03/25/2015
He was great in The Place Beyond The Pines.
He was great in The Place Beyond The Pines.
3:05AM on 03/26/2015
I LOVED him in Pines definitely.
I LOVED him in Pines definitely.
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