British horror icon Peter Cushing is reportedly being brought back from the dead to star in spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The Daily Mail has reported that director Gareth Edwards will use CGI to resurrect the actor, who played Death Star general Grand Moff Tarkin in the original Star Wars (1977), aka, Episode IV: A New Hope. The legendary star died of cancer in 1994.
The new film, which will be released in December 2016, will take place between Episodes III and IV, and will center on a plot to destroy the Empire’s planet, which in turn will destroy the space station.
One actor who definitely isn’t playing a bad guy in the film is devilishly handsome actor Mads Mikkelsen. The Dane, who is best known for his sinister roles in Hannibal and Casino Royale, did not appear in the cast photo released by Lucasfilm at D23, which showed the gang of ‘Rogues’ tasked with destroying the Death Star.
But Mikkelsen confirmed to a Danish publication that while his role is “important” he will not be playing an antagonist despite the fervent speculation.
Q: “On IMDB your name is listed just after Felicity Jones. It suggests that it is a great role. Is it a big role?”
A: “I have not actually noticed that. It is probably because the other might not have come on the list yet [smiles].”
Q: “But is it a big or a small role?”
A: “It is a very important role, as much I can say.”
Q: “Are you the bad guy?”
A: “No, my character is actually not a bad guy, and then I can not say more.
“I can also say that the movie will be shot in Iceland and England. And the filming will last for three months.”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens December 16, 2016, and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, and possibly James Earl Jones.