Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler
) is the frontrunner to land the lead male role in Gareth Edwards' Star Wars
'anthology film' Rogue One
, according to Variety
It is possible that he would star opposite Felicity Jones (and the unconfirmed Ben Mendelsohn) in a band of rebels who attempt to steal the plans for the Death Star.
Meanwhile, The Wrap
is reporting that Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman
, The Hunger Games
franchise) is also in talks to join the ensemble cast.
Ahmed met with Edwards in London, England last month, per Variety. Apparently he stood out from the rest of the actors Edwards met with, the young actor's chemistry test with the director supposedly going very well.
The first anthology film will be a departure from other Star Wars fare as there will be no Jedi in the film. The story takes place between Episodes III and IV, after the Jedi have been vanquished by the Empire.
I think Badass Digest
's Devin Faraci summed it up nicely when he broke the news, "Dirty Dozen
and Magnificent Seven
are the comparisons I'm hearing, and I'm hearing it's going to be a big cast where not everybody makes it to the other side. Those are unusual stakes for a Star Wars
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