First, the obligatory ***Spoiler Warnings: This post may contain spoilers for Star Wars: Episode VII and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Proceed at your own delight and risk.***
Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One is female led and the most anticipated movie of 2016, but as many of you have noticed, Felicity Jones also seems to be the only female character…at least, until now. Scottish model and actress, Eunice Olumide (World War Z, Middle Man) let slip that she’s had an “awesome experience” filming a small part in the anthology film.
***Warning: She describes the scene in her quote.***
“I was originally supposed to play a nomad, but since I’m athletic I ended up playing a rebellion leader. There’s a small scene where I run and there’s a tank that comes after me with 20 stormtroopers. There’s loads of explosions. I kept getting a fright whenever the explosions went off.
If my scene gets cut or not cut I was entered into the George Lucas Archives. I got into a 3D scanner and they did a scan. They scan all the characters so they can reproduce individual toys or computer games. I will be a toy. It was an amazing experience.”
“I will be a toy;” love that! Note to manufacturers: We will buy that toy!
Though Olumide’s role is limited — she hasn’t any lines — I love that Edwards has cast both actresses as leaders; Felicity Jones is reportedly heading up the rebel group that goes after the Death Star plans, and may run into James Earl Jones’ Vader.
Speaking of old favorites (not aged), a spectacular rumor about Episode VIII casting comes from Kristian Harloff (Schmoes Know/Collider Jedi Council) via Making Star Wars:
Grain of salt: hearing that Ewan Mcgregor in talks to play Obi Force ghost in Episode 8.— KristianHarloff (@KristianHarloff) February 8, 2016
So, maybe it will be Obi who — *fingers crossed* — guides ***Force Awakens Spoilers, swipe ahead to read: Rey, as she gains control of her natural abilities? Presumably he’d not appear to Luke in his younger form; I’m inclined to think he’ll be with Rey…more bits in support of the She’s Luke’s Daughter theory.
Granted, we’d rather see McGregor in full form rather than transparent or voice only, but we’ll take Ewan any way we can. In that vein, here’s Obi-Wan singing Heroes at an all-star Bowie tribute in West Hollywood last night, where he appeared alongside Gary Oldman, Seal, and Fishbone’s Angelo Moore.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16th; Episode VIII lags a year behind.