Star Wars: Rogue One: Forest Whitaker Joins Cast of Lucas Standalone

Forest Whitaker will join the cast of Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” anthology picture, “Rogue One.”

The film, to be directed by Gareth Edwards, stars Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn.

Disney and Lucasfilm had no comment on the casting.

At April’s Star Wars Celebration convention, Edwards revealed that the plot of Rogue One revolves around the heist of the Death Star plans by a group of rebel fighters, with Jones starring as one of the rebel soldiers. Sources say Ahmed and Luna also play Alliance fighters. Whitaker’s role is unknown at this time.

The film will take place between Episode III and Episode IV, but closer chronologically to “A New Hope.” It’s set to bow December 16, 2016.

Whitaker is currently filming Denis Villeneuve sci-fi drama “The Story of Your Life” opposite Amy Adams, and is in negotiations to follow that film with “The Crow” remake in the fall before jumping into production on “Star Wars: Rogue One.”

He’ll next appear in Antoine Fuqua’s boxing drama “Southpaw,” a potential Oscar contender bowing later this summer, and is a producer on the critically acclaimed Sundance hit “Dope,” which bows on June 19.