‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’: Jimmy Smits To Return As Bail Organa

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards confirmed Darth Vader’s return in the movie, as reported by the Inquisitr reported last month. While this will be first Star Wars spin-off movie, it incorporates a few elements and characters from the original Star Wars saga. Bail Organa, Princess Leia’s adoptive father, will also be seen in Rogue One.

Speaking at CBS’s The Talk, Jimmy Smits, who played Bail Organa in the Star Wars prequels, confirmed the reprisal of his role in the upcoming Rogue One. Smits visited the show to promote his upcoming Netflix series, The Get Down. The Talk video wherein Smits confirmed his cameo is currently unavailable on YouTube. Meanwhile, check the Star Wars Celebration reel and pause between 1:03-1:04 minutes to check out the partial face of Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits).

An eagle-eyed fan had spotted a partial face image of Smits in the Star Wars Celebration reel that was released last month. The ladies present at the table questioned Smits if it was really him. Smits coyly responded, “Can you call it a cameo? Can you call it a small part?”

jimmy smits to return as bail organa in rogue one star wars Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) and Breha Organa (Rebecca Jackson Mendoza) adopt the baby Leia as a princess of the Alderaan at the end of the ‘Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith’ [Image via Lucas Films]Smits has played a few remarkable characters, as Attorney Victor Sifuentes in L. A. Law, Detective Bobby Simone in NYPD Blue, Congressman/President Matt Santos in The West Wing, ADA Miguel Prado in Dexter, and an escort agency co-owner Neron ‘Nero’ Padilla in Sons of Anarchy.

Let’s take a quick jog down the memory lane of the Star Wars prequels. Jimmy Smits’ role as Bail Organa was limited to only a handful of scenes in the Star Wars prequels. Smits made his first appearance in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. In that movie, he played the Viceroy and the First Chairman of the planet Alderaan. Later, Organa becomes the Senator of the Galactic Republic.

At the end of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, Bail Organa along with his wife, Queen Breha Organa, adopt Leia, one of the twin children of Anakin Skywalker, a Jedi Knight, and Padmé Amidala, the Senator of Naboo, while Obi-Wan Kenobi takes Luke, Leia’s twin brother, to their father’s stepfamily — Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru — on the planet Tatooine.

Bail and Breha Organa die on Alderaan after getting blown into bits by the Empire’s Death Star weapon in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. Darth Vader and Bail Organa are some of the few characters from the Star Wars prequels set to appear in Rogue One. However, that bars any possibility of Han Solo playing a small part.

For the uninitiated, Rogue One is the Star Wars spin-off movie set between the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The Rogue One is set closer to the start of the A New Hope storyline, according to Entertainment Weekly.

So Jimmy Smits will appear only in a few scenes and hence his comment on playing a “small part” or a cameo.

With Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) leading the Rebel Alliance, Rogue One is likely to feature the formative years of Leia Organa. The movie is majorly based on Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) along with Captain Cassian Andor (Deigo Luna) on the mission to steal the Death Star plans, according to the Inquisitr.

While this second key character from Leia’s life certainly assures the fans that some inspirations and elements from the original films will be visible.

However, it won’t feature Skywalker melodrama and might be focused heavily on stealing Death Star plans. On top of that, Gareth Edwards, Rogue One‘s director, says the movie has a dark tone.

Quite possibly, it will be very different from the Star Wars movies released so far, reported Time.

That has put Disney in an apparent fix. While Edwards thrives for a dark tone in Rogue One, Disney is very cautious of not deviating from the original Star Wars formula so far, according to Flickering Myth.

Insiders believe that Disney has apparently brought onboard Tony Gilroy, the man behind Bourne movies, to supervise the edits of the reshoots and fix the deviations, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Gilroy commanded the editing table for the reshot sequences with input from Edwards. Both have worked together on post-production of the Godzilla reboot. While both are said to be collaborating, Gilroy currently remains uncredited by Disney.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is scheduled to premiere on December 16.

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