Rogue One: New clip finally sees the Star Wars spin-off's villain in action

The scene sees Ben Mendelsohn's Orson Krennic and Mads MIkkelsen's Galen Erso come face-to-face

Clarisse Loughrey@clarisselou
Tuesday 06 December 2016 17:01
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Rogue One: New clip finally sees the Star Wars spin-off's villain in action

The majority of Rogue One's hype may be focused on the grand return of Darth Vader, but let's not forget the real villain of the piece here.

We've not been offered that much insight into Ben Mendelsohn's Orson Krennic yet; that is, unless you're particularly keen to delve into the film's prequel novel Catalyst by James Luceno.

The book essentially details the long history Krennic shares with Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), a brilliant scientist and father to the film's hero Jyn (Felicity Jones), whose research has made him crucial in the Death Star's construction.

A new clip, which debuted at a fan event held at Walt Disney World, elaborates a little on the pair's connection and finally sees Krennic do a little more than scowl at things; with Galen now resisting Krennic's calls for aid and branding the Death Star a weapon of "terror".

Though Mikkelsen's role was initially teased as a fairly minor one, it seems increasingly like Galen may prove to be one of the main emotional crux's of the film, with his own moral conflicts bound to have a major impact on Jyn's own motivations.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story follows a wayward band of Rebel fighters brought together for one improbable mission: steal the plans for the Death Star. These events, of course, directly link into the first scenes of A New Hope; when Princess Leia is seen concealing the plans in R2-D2 before she's captured by the Galactic Empire.


Directed by Gareth Edwards, the film largely centres around Jyn Erso: a criminal misfit who becomes entangled in the Rebellion's ambitious, and resolutely dangerous, schemes. Donnie Yen, Diego Luna, Jian Wen, Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyk, and Riz Ahmed also star.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released in cinemas on 16 December. Here's how to get tickets for the year's most anticipated film.

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