Did The Actor Hint At The Nature Of His Character?
Slashfilm.com has reported that Mads Mikkelsen, known most recently for his role in Hannibal, may have revealed his character’s name in Star Wars: Rogue One.
Keep in mind that Rogue One is currently under production and has a release date of December 16, 2016 so details about the film are still under wraps. Little details do slip out, however, and this MAY be one of them…
A fan attending FanExpo this past weekend was able to get Mads Mikkelsen to sign a poster, and in addition to the actor’s autograph, the Hannibal star also put another word in quotations. Some have come to believe it’s a character name belonging to the Mads Mikkelsen Star Wars character.
Rebel Force Radio (via Jedi News) has a picture of the autograph you can see here:
Under Mikkelsen’s autograph is the name “Galen” and since Phil Lamar’s autograph on the same poster has his “The Clone Wars” animated series character name “Kit Fisto” written underneath, one can reasonably assume that Mikkelsen followed suit. But does the name “Galen” have any relevance in the Star Wars universe?
Well, Star Wars fans who have played the video game The Force Unleashed know that there’s a very powerful Force-user named Galen Marek as the main character. Galen became known as Starkiller and was the secret apprentice of Darth Vader. He may even have been more powerful than Vader himself since he used the Force to crash a Star Destroyer.
Though this connection is intriguing we need to remember that, reportedly, there won’t be any Jedi or Force-related stories in Rogue One which is about the Rebel Alliance stealing the plans to the Death Star. At this point in the Star Wars timeline, with the exceptions of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, the Jedi are extinct. It could very well be that the filmmakers adopted the name alone for an entirely new character in the movie. This is probably the case since Mads Mikkelsen himself stated in a recent interview that he is not playing a villain:
“It is a very important role, as much I can say,” Mikkelsen said (via StarWars7News.com and /Film), adding, “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.”
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