If the months preceding the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens were any indication, we’re never going to know much about the upcoming Star Wars movies before they hit theaters. The same was true of Rogue One, even after we saw the first trailer, but star Mads Mikkelsen might have just given one big spoiler away.
In an interview with Sky News this week, Mikkelsen was asked about his role in Rogue One and immediately told the reporter that he could say “absolutely nothing about it.” He then proceeded to say absolutely something about it:
“I read the script, it was very beautiful, and Felicity’s playing this lovely, strong woman. I play … her … father. And that was too much, I’m sorry.”
The reporter and the crew at Sky News were clearly shocked to have actually gotten a scoop out of Mikkelsen. Unless Mads is just secretly the best troll in the industry, we might now know his role in the film, which was previously under wraps.
You can hear Mikkelsen’s admission at the 1:20 mark in the video below:
So, providing this is true, Mads Mikkelsen will play the father of Jyn Erso in Rogue One. As io9 points out, Mon Mothma says to Jyn in the trailer that she’s been on her own since the age of 15, so presumably her father was either killed, captured or had some very important matters to attend to that would force him to leave his daughter behind. Then again, he also might have abandoned her, just as Rey’s parents seemed to in The Force Awakens.
Someone else needs to get Mikkelsen on another talk show, stat.