Mads Mikkelsen Talks 'Star Wars: Rogue One' Casting, Character: Is 'Hannibal' Actor a Villain?

By Jon Niles | Aug 26, 2015 03:00 PM EDT
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Earlier this month, the cast members of the highly anticipated Star Wars Anthology standalone, spin-off film Rogue One were announce, with some familiar and surprising names. Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed make up the cast of the 2016 Gareth Edwards heist film, but the only name that wasn't part of rumors leading up to this announcement was Mikkelsen. Who does the Hannibal series star portray in the movie and is he a villain? Keep reading to see what the Danish actor had to say about his role!

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If you're a fan of Mikkelsen, or if you've seen him in such films as Casino Royale or Valhala Rising, you know that he can play evil better than anyone. Plus, there's plenty of evil involved in the Dark Side of the Force featured in the Star Wars universe; but is Mikkelsen playing to type again as the movie's bad guy?

Early reports suggested Mendelsohn, another noted villain in numerous, acclaimed roles, would portray the antagonist in Rogue One, but we can definitely imagine two baddies from director Edwards.

Well, according to Mikkelsen himself, he won't be portraying a villain in the film, though his role is very important!

"It is a very important role, as much I can say," he told Ekstra Bladet (via Slash Film). "No, my character is actually not a bad guy, and then I cannot say more. I can also say that the movie will be shot in Iceland and England. And the filming will last for three months."

According to IGN, the villain rumors erupted after speculation from Nerdist suggested Mikkelsen could portray Imperial Admiral Montferrat. It looks like we'll have to keep guessing.

What do you think of this news? Let us know in the comments section below!

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