Monday, May 18, 2015

Ben Medelsohn Dodges 'Rogue One' Questions

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By: Dominic Jones

Rumors have been swirling around for several weeks now that Ben Medelsohn has been cast as the villain in the first Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One.  While many people are pretty certain that Mendelsohn is in, don't expect the actor to confirm anything.  Spin Off Online caught up with Mendelsohn during the Tribeca film festival and asked him about the film.  Here's what he had to say,

Now, I’m sure you’re getting asked about this left and right, but you’re rumored for “Star Wars: Rogue One.”

What’s it called?

“Star Wars: Rogue One.”

Rogue? R-O-G-U-E one?

Yeah, “one” as in the number.

But “rogue” as in a rogue element?

I guess?

I’m just unsure as to all of that stuff, but yes. I’ve heard of these rumors. What delightful rumors they are. I’d be pretty happy if that rumor came to fruition but I can in truth say there is no definitiveness to that rumor. No definitiveness.

Was “Star Wars” something you grew up with?

Yup! Loved it. Loved that.

You know George Lucas is here, at this festival, right now?


Yeah, he’s doing a talk today. Actually, it’s going on right now.

Oh, my God. I’m having a big — that got me like a little nerd, like my film nerd, like — yeah, “Star Wars” is a big deal to me. It was a really big deal for me.

Have you seen the trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”? It just came out yesterday.

No, but I’ve heard that it’s [incredible] … But I’ve got to tell you the people who told me about it were having fanboy meltdowns, like wanted to cry. But I’m pretty excited about, I’m a fan.

And of course because of the casting niche you tend to dominate, people assume you’re going to be a bad guy in “Rogue One.” Do you have any thoughts on that?

As I’ve said, I can tell you in all honesty, I’ve not read any scripts. I’ve been offered nothing. So, they are thrilling rumors and few will be happier than me if they come to pass.

Now, bear in mind that even though this interview is being posted now, it was conducted a month ago at the Tribeca Film Festival. In the time since the interview and the latest reports that have Mendelsohn as part of the cast, a lot could have gone on behind the scenes and Mendelsohn could have signed on for the part.  That's just speculation on my part.  Nothing is official until Lucasfilm or Disney confirms it.

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