So, a few more rumors are afoot regarding revealed plot details related to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Now, as far as rumors, we always take them with a grain of salt, a particle of pepper, and a sliver of blue cheese. BUT….these particular, mysteriously conceived plot details come to us from our friends at Makingstarwars.net, and they happen to have an exceptional batting average.

Firstly, for the uninitiated, Rogue One details a group of desperate Rebel pilots and their mission to secure plans to an Imperial weapon of mass destruction! What’s this weapon I speak of? The freaking Death Star!!! In filmic Star Wars history, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, detailing the harrowing acquisition of said plans allowing the Rebel forces to mount that especially effective attack on the Empire’s new war-machine! Regarding that harrowing acquisition, Gareth Edwards, director of Rogue One, commented on the film’s grim realism at the recent Star Wars Celebration. “It’s the reality of war. Good guys are bad. Bad guys are good. It’s complicated, layered; a very rich scenario in which to set a movie. ”

Now, about those rumors…

We already know the female lead, played by Felicity Jones, is the daughter of Mads Mikkelsen’s currently unnamed character, but just who in the HECK is Mikkelsen’s character?? Here’s what Makingstarwars.net has to say:

“Mads Mikkelsen (Galen appears to be his name in the film) is kind of the key to the film in a way. He is a scientist that took over the Geonosian Death Star project. He solved several of the flaws the Empire could not and is sort of a revered person in the Empire for his contributions. However, Mikkelsen’s character is a Robert Oppenheimer-type character. Oppenheimer helped design the atomic bomb only to say, “Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” The guilt “Galen” feels for his contributions to the Empire become too much and he defects, attempting to make things right. In order to do this, he enlists the help of his only daughter….”

Hmmm. It seems that ‘Galen’ has a conscience and a conveniently contentious daughter. It’s the stuff of great Space Opera, folks.

Directed by Gareth Edwards from a script penned by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story debuts December 16th, 2016, starring a desperate, imperiled band of Rebels, a heck of a lot of X-Wings and a realistic portrayal of intergalactic war.

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