During Flickering Myth’s chat with Mads Mikkelsen about Doctor Strange, up came the other Disney movie he’s been working on – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in which he plays the lead character’s father, Galen Erso. In fact, the film’s tremendous third trailer played right before the Doctor Strange screening we were at the previous night.
“I’ve seen the trailer, I’ve seen as much as you guys,” Mikkelsen revealed about the film. “I think it’s done, it’s over, it’s ready. And I think they’re just waiting to make a screening for all of us once we start hitting the press junkets for that as well.”
Rogue One will be released in cinemas on 16th December, in just over a month’s time, so the film will be in its very late production stages, if not finished completely like Mikkelsen thinks. In comparison, J.J. Abrams said he finished Star Wars: The Force Awakens “at 2:30 in the morning” on 21st November, 2015, ahead of its 14th December release.
That said, the movie has been subject to a few widely reported production delays, like reshoots, a second director being brought into ‘help’ Gareth Edwards and the film’s original composer Alexandre Desplat being replaced by Michael Giacchino because of the schedule being pushed so far back.
“I did not catch that train from the very beginning,” Mikkelsen continued about his Star Wars fandom. “I remember my brother was there, but I was a bit too young to go to the theatre. But I caught up on them later. I watched them back-to-back and it was…a mind-blowing universe to step into there as well.”
“I think I’ve done them all now,” Mikkelsen exclaimed about stepping into other large movie franchises after doing both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars in the space of a few months. “What’s left? The DC? I don’t know if they criss-cross like that…”
“It’s not really up to me,” he pondered about doing more big-budget films. “Of course, I get to have the final word, but I don’t get offered everything in the world. But the stuff I do get offered, I’m not necessarily looking for this kind of film, or this kind of film. I read, and if I like it, I’ll go for it. And it could be anything. It could be a small one. It could be a big one. I never put my mind to that. Planning your career often makes you disappointed because everything becomes stepping stones, as opposed to the stepping stones being the most important part.”
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set for release on December 16th 2016, with a cast that includes Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Diego Luna (Milk), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Donnie Yen (Ip Man), Jiang Wen (Let the Bullets Fly), Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Alan Tudyk (Con Man), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler), Genevieve O’Reilly (Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith), Jimmy Smits (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones), and Jonathan Aris (Sherlock).