One of the standout characters in the recently released trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was Jyn's father and Death Star scientist Galen Erso. Actor Mads Mikkelsen, who portrays Galen in the film, spoke with GQ yesterday about Rogue One about his role and some of his costars.
At the beginning of the new trailer we see Galen talking to a young Jyn, and subsequently confronting the film's main antagonist, director Orson Krennic. Mikkelsen discusses the process of filming those scenes and who he shared screen time with:
"Oh, it was great. I worked a few days with Felicity Jones and she is a wonderful actress. I worked with Jyn at three stages, and three different ages, so there was a little kid that was four, one that was eight, and then there was Felicity. So that was wonderful. I spent a lot of time with Ben Mendelsohn and that was hilarious. He’s a very funny man and he makes the day just fly by."
We can assume the young Jyn we saw in the trailer is the eight year old version, which means there is most likely another flashback set further back in the timeline that will feature a four year old Jyn. That scene may also included Valene Kane, who is said to be playing Lyra Erso, Galen's wife and Jyn's mother. It's also interesting to hear that Galen might have more scenes with Krennic than the older Jyn.
Mads was also questioned specifically about whether Galen's intentions are good or not, to which he responded:
"I can say good intentions; not necessarily the outcome."
He also spoke about working on a large scale production such as Rogue One:
"It was great. Obviously it’s a gigantic set compared to the stuff I’m used to doing back in Europe, especially in Denmark. But, you make it a small, intimate set as well, in terms of the scenes. You just have to make the scene work even though you’re standing on a gigantic landing air force platform or wherever you are. Obviously it’s gigantic, but you try to make it small within the terms you’re working with."
You can check out the full interview from GQ by clicking here! He talks further about Rogue One, as well as his role in Marvel's Doctor Strange and more
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16th!
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