Sherlock star joins Star Wars: Rogue One cast

The Death Star

Jonathan Aris has been confirmed for Star Wars spinoff Rogue One.

The cast is slowly coming together for the first Star Wars spinoff, which will be entitled Star Wars: Rogue One.

The film will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and will follow a group of soldiers from the Rebel Alliance as they attempt to steal the plans for the Death Star, no doubt bridging the gap between Episode III: Revenge of The Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope.

Jonathan Aris (Sherlock, The World's End, Sightseers) is the latest actor to be added to the cast and he will play Senator Jebel although little is known about the character at present. He will be joined in the cast by Forest Whitaker (Platoon, The Last King of Scotland, Southpaw), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Like Crazy), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises, Killing Them Softly, Exodus: Gods and Kings), Diego Luna (Milk, The Terminal, Elysium) and Riz Ahmed (Four Lions, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Nightcrawler).

The cast for this is certainly looking interesting and Edwards has some very good directing credits to his name. Perhaps the only cause for concern at present is the writer, Chris Weitz who did the screenplay for Twilight Saga: New Moon and About a Boy, two movies which certainly don't feel like they would lead to a Star Wars movie but fingers crossed he has the talent to turn his hand to more epic and adult writing.

Star Wars: Rogue One is scheduled for a release on 16th December 2016, one year after the hugely anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens.


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