Academy Award-Winning Actor Forest Whitaker Joins Cast of “Star Wars: Rogue One”

Forest Whitaker Star Wars Rogue One
Actor/Producer Forest Whitaker (GETTY IMAGES)

Forest Whitaker is in negotiations to join the cast of Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” anthology pic “Rogue One.”  The film stars Felicity JonesRiz Ahmed, Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn, with Gareth Edwards directing.  Disney and Lucasfilm had no comment on the casting.

At April’s Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim, Edwards revealed that the plot of “Rogue One” revolves around the heist of the Death Star plans by a group of rebel fighters, with Jones starring as one of the rebel soldiers. Sources say Ahmed and Luna also play Alliance fighters. Whitaker’s role is unknown at this time.

The film will take place between Episode III and Episode IV, but closer chronologically to “A New Hope.” It’s set to bow December 16, 2016.

Whitaker is currently filming Denis Villeneuve sci-fi drama “The Story of Your Life” opposite Amy Adams, and is in negotiations to follow that film with “The Crow” remake in the fall before jumping into production on “Star Wars: Rogue One.”

He’ll next appear in Antoine Fuqua’s boxing drama “Southpaw,” a potential Oscar contender bowing later this summer, and is a producer on critically acclaimed Sundance hit “Dope,” which opened Friday.

article by Justin Kroll via Variety.com

3 thoughts on “Academy Award-Winning Actor Forest Whitaker Joins Cast of “Star Wars: Rogue One””

  1. Oh yes Amen the force is strong with Forest Whitaker! I am glad the Star Wars franchise continues to promote interracial power! James Earl Jones made the Star Wars series unique with his God like Black voice. George Lucas is an honorary Black man in my opinion because he has an African American wife and son. Please continue forever reporting good black news it is such a pleasure reading this news source. I am a Good Black news junkie!

    1. Thank you, Mr. Reynolds! We are excited about Forest Whitaker being a part of the Star Wars franchise like you are, as well as your GBN “junkie” status. Please don’t forget to share! 😉

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