Whitaker’s “Rogue One” Role Revealed?

Story details regarding Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” remain sketchy despite numerous speculative reports in recent weeks.

A new one at Making Star Wars today claims to have more details about the role that Oscar winner Forest Whitaker is playing:

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“It appears he has one leg and uses a cane as a crutch to walk. Earlier reports made it seem like he might have one leg but the clarification on the topic is a ‘robot leg.’ He appears to be a veteran of some battles, but it isn’t clear if he lost his leg fighting in The Clone Wars or against the Empire.

Based on a differentiated code name from the rest of the rebels in the movie, it appears he is likely good but maybe a bounty hunter affiliated type. He has a cape and his costume is a hodgepodge of different things (think of someone you might see at Maz’s Castle).”

The same site also seems to have some more details on the action in the film, specifically the scenes involving Darth Vader who’ll play a key role in the film’s narrative and whom James Earl Jones is providing the voice for:

“Darth Vader will have action sequences in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. We have been told that Darth Vader has had several suits of armor built for the film. There is a hero suit which is a direct copy of the suit we have seen in “Star Wars: A New Hope”, down to the lenses in the eyes. The most interesting part is that stunt suits have been built, which indicates Darth Vader will in fact see action.

The action sequences filmed are unknown, but there was work pitching the different ways Darth Vader could kill rebels on a battlefield with the Force and his lightsaber. The storyboard ‘pitches’ showed decapitated rebels, people being dismembered by Vader throwing his sword, levitating bodies to make human shields, and so on. The art was more violent than what we’ve seen Darth Vader do on screen before.”

Finally, some costume designs from “Star Wars: Rogue One” are online following their unveiling at the Nuremberg Toy Fair the other day. Those can be seen below: