January 19, 2017

This ‘Star Wars’ Alum Will Return for ‘Rogue One’


Fans can expect a glimpse of his cameo appearance when a new trailer for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ premieres during Rio Olympics on NBC on Thursday, August 11.

“Star Wars” alum Jimmy Smits has confirmed that he will appear in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. Starring as Senator Bail Organa, who was also Princess Leia’s adoptive father, in “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” and “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”, he will reprise his role in the upcoming stand-alone movie.

Bail died in “A New Hope”, but he will appear in “Rogue One” as it takes place between the events of “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope”. In an interview on “The Talk”, he said, “People got nothing better to do then to look at these little things? There’s stuff going on in the world!” He added, “Can you say the word ‘cameo’? Can you say the words ‘small part’?”


The actor apparently appeared in full Bail Organa suit in “Star Wars” Celebrations reel which was published recently. He was talking to Genevieve O’Reilly’s Mon Mothma in the footage, but viewers couldn’t notice his appearance as his face was mostly hidden behind a camera.

Fans can expect a glimpse of his cameo appearance when a new trailer for “Rogue One” premieres during Rio Olympics on NBC on Thursday, August 11. Shared on the “Star Wars” official Twitter account, announcement of the trailer debut reads, “See the premiere of the new #RogueOne trailer during Olympic coverage this Thursday.”


In the upcoming “Star Wars” stand-alone film, Smits joins Felicity Jones, who portrays Jyn Erso. She is a Rebellion soldier and outlaw who is about to experience her biggest challenge when Mon Mothma gives her a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. With the aid of the Rebels, a master swordsman and non-allied forces, Jyn will be in for something bigger than she thinks.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” also stars Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen, Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed and Jonathan Aris. Based on a screenplay written by Chris Weitz, the film hits U.S. theaters on December 17 this year.

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