Star Wars fans are eagerly awaiting the release of the franchise’s first anthology film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, following its trailer reveal earlier this month, and now actor Mads Mikkelsen appears to have let a few new details about his character slip during a live interview.
Mikkelsen made the error during an interview with Sky News, while he was discussing his roles in both Rogue One and Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange. Despite initially asserting that he couldn’t say much about the film, which centers around a group of Rebels led by Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso as they attempt to steal the plans for the Death Star, Mikkelsen revealed a hitherto unknown detail about his character, seemingly as an accident.
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“I can say absolutely nothing about it,” Mikkelsen began, before joking that if he were to reveal any of the secrets behind Rogue One, he’d “have to kill you and all the audience.” The actor confirmed that the story does indeed take place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, according to ABC, a fact about the film that is already well known. It was following that exchange, however, that Mikkelsen let slip the relationship between his character and Jyn Erso.
“I read the script, it was very beautiful. Felicity [Jones] plays this lovely, strong woman and I play her [pauses] father. That was too much, I’m sorry.”
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The audience in attendance at Sky News audibly gasped when Mikkelsen made the inadvertent reveal, as details surrounding the characters of Rogue One have been few and far between. The film is scheduled to hit theaters in just a few months, yet very little is known about the new elements it will bring into the Star Wars saga, and the majority of character names remain a secret. Rogue One‘s first trailer was released last month, as the Inquisitr previously reported, and despite a wide range of action sequences and first looks at some of the new cast, it revealed precious little about the upcoming film.
Mikkelsen’s admission that he will be playing Jyn Erso’s father represents the biggest reveal surrounding his character so far, as io9 points out. Previous reports had suggested that he would be playing a scientist responsible for the construction of the Death Star, or a turncoat Imperial charged with helping the Rebels. Mikkelsen himself has previously revealed that his character is “not a bad guy,” a fact that seems to fit with a role as Jyn Erso’s father.
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If Mikkelsen was indeed telling the truth, his error does raise a few questions about just how much screen time he will be getting over the course of Rogue One. As io9 notes, Mon Mothma reveals in the first trailer that Jyn Erso has been on her own “from the age of 15,” suggesting that if her father is in the film, they have a fractured relationship, at best.
During the rest of his interview, Mikkelsen also refused to reveal whether Darth Vader would be appearing in Rogue One, sidestepping one of the biggest rumors to attach itself to the film so far. As MovieWeb notes, however, the actor did reveal that certain classic characters will indeed be returning to the screen in Rogue One, though he declined to say which ones.
“Some of them — but I would reveal too much. There are iconic characters in our film and also characters you have never heard of. It’s a mix.”
Luckily, fans won’t have too long to wait before they find out exactly who Mikkelsen was referring to, as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16.
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