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Mads ´╗┐Mikkelsen Reveals Who He Plays In Star Wars: Rogue One

Actor Mads Mikkelsen (not pictured above) is one of the biggest names attached to Star Wars: Rogue One, but he was oddly absent in the teaser trailer. In an interview with Sky News, Mikkelsen, who jokingly threatened to kill the reporter and audience if he mentioned any story details, revealed the role his character plays in the film.

"Felicity [Jones] plays this lovely, strong woman, and I play her father," he says. Jones plays Jyn Erso, who we believe is the main character of the film, and a character who joins the Rebellion to steal the Death Star plans from the Empire.

Mikkelsen can't seem to stop spoiling Rogue One's story details. His first slip up was signing the name "Galen" on a fan's poster. Galen is presumably the name of his character in the film. You can watch the interview with Mikkelsen below.

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Lando Calrissian Confirmed For Star Wars: Battlefront’s Bespin Expansion

EA and DICE have trickled out a bit more information about what Star Wars: Battlefront players can expect in the near future. The next paid DLC update, Bespin, brings one of the Star Wars universe’s most lovable rogues.

The DLC includes Lando Calrissian and bounty hunter Dengar. Another four heroes (two with each paid DLC pack) are yet to be revealed.

Additionally, EA says it is planning more double experience and credit events, additional Hutt Contracts, and new ways to play offline. With Star Wars Day (May the 4th) coming, players can expect some special activities to celebrate.

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Speculation About The Dark Side Of The Force In Star Wars: Rogue One

The excellent teaser trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One paints a fairly complete picture. It gives us a good look at the state of the Rebel Alliance and the strength of the Empire. We are led to believe this is a story that focuses on Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones), a reckless outsider who has been on her own since the age of 15. She joins the Rebels, and is tasked to learn about the Empire's new weapon: the Death Star. We are also introduced to a leading figure for the axis, an Imperial fleet admiral played by Ben Mendelsohn. We don't know for certain he's a fleet admiral, but the insignia on his uniform lines up with Star Wars' expanded universe lore.

If this trailer is anything like our first look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we're only getting a small taste of Rogue One's story. One shot in particular speaks to a much greater threat for the Rebels. The image above shows a cloaked figure kneeling before what appears to be a bacta tank or some kind of chamber. On both sides we see Emperor Palpatine's Royal Guards, implying that he's in this room. Palpatine created the red guard when he was elected Supreme Chancellor. They serve him, and only him, at least that's what the lore has told us up to this point.

So if Palpatine is in the room, or sent his guards to this room, he is likely in the tank or chamber. Given where Rogue One sits in the Star Wars timeline, Darth Vader is alive and well and is likely the right hand of Palpatine. It wouldn't make sense for Vader to wear a cloak, so he isn't likely the character that kneels in this scene. My best guess is we're looking at one of the Emperor's Inquisitors, a Force-trained hunter who tracks down other Force-users. The Inquisitors are currently a mainstay in Star Wars Rebels, which takes place five years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. If this is indeed an Inquisitor, who in the Rebel Alliance is a threat with the Force?

And on the topic of Darth Vader, I have a feeling he's going to be the big bad in this film. Odds are he's the surprise at the end of the second trailer. Lucasfilm can't set a Star Wars film this close to A New Hope and not have Vader be involved. We've also never seen him in his prime, and this is an opportunity for Lucasfilm to show us just how deadly he can be. Rebels is giving us a taste, but I want to see what he's capable of on the big screen.

What are your thoughts on the Dark Side in Rogue One? Who do you think the cloaked figure is? And if someone is indeed in that tank, is it the Emperor? Maybe Snoke? Let's discuss this speculation in the comments section below.

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Hasbro Launches Star Wars Fan Figure Photo Series

Hasbro is calling on Star Wars fans to recreate their favorite scenes from The Force Awakens using figures and vehicles. The best pictures will be featured in a photo timeline in the Hasbro booth at San Diego Comic Con.

The contest began on Tuesday, April 5 and lasts until May 4 (May the Fourth or Star Wars Day). Submissions can be made by tagging pictures on social media with #StarWars and #HasbroToyPic. 

To kick off the contest, Hasbro has teamed up with toy photographer Johnny Wu, better known as @sgtbananas on Instagram. Take a look at some of his work below for a bit of inspiration. 

The teaser trailer for the next Star Wars film, Rogue One, launched today. For a look at some more feats of Star Wars fandom, check out this life-size AT-ST replica made by one particularly tenacious fan. 

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[Update] Star Wars: Rogue One Trailer Is Out, Setting A Very Different Tone

Update: Disney and Lucasfilm have released the Star Wars: Rogue One trailer, and it's a doozy. As dark and dire as the main entries have been, they don't come close to the gritty, desperate tone set by our first look at the upcoming film.

Check it out and let us know what you think:

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Star Wars fans speculated that Lucasfilm would likely release the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One on Star Wars Day (May 4). In a move no one could have seen coming, the first trailer for the film is debuting tomorrow on ABC's Good Morning America television show.

The announcement came with a brief 11-second teaser video that shows off a new version of the stormtrooper that is likely the shadow trooper that Lucasfilm recently trademarked. Star Wars: Rogue One is not a continuation of Finn and Rey's story from last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and is instead a prequel story that gives us insight into how the Rebel Alliance came into possession of the Death Star plans. Rogue One is slated to open in theaters on December 16. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards.

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Star Wars: Rogue One Trailer Coming Tomorrow, See The Teaser Now

Star Wars fans speculated that Lucasfilm would likely release the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One on Star Wars Day (May 4). In a move no one could have seen coming, the first trailer for the film is debuting tomorrow on ABC's Good Morning America television show.

The announcement came with a brief 11-second teaser video that shows off a new version of the stormtrooper that is likely the shadow trooper that Lucasfilm recently trademarked. Star Wars: Rogue One is not a continuation of Finn and Rey's story from last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and is instead a prequel story that gives us insight into how the Rebel Alliance came into possession of the Death Star plans. Rogue One is slated to open in theaters on December 16. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards.

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Star Wars Fan Builds Life-Size AT-ST In Backyard

A particularly crafty Star Wars aficionado has built a life-size replica of the Empire’s All Terrain Scout Transport seen in Return of the Jedi. Standing at just over 27 feet tall, the walker seats two passengers and is outfitted with moving “laser cannons” and functional eye shutters.  

Photos of the AT-ST first showed up on Imgur around eight months ago, when a user called Mr. Kernish noticed something strange on the horizon and decided to snap a few pictures. Soon after, Kernish asked the owner for a tour, and that’s when he captured the following video.  

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The architect behind the impressive replica is keeping his identity a secret, so Kernish has taken to calling him Kuat (a reference to the planet where the Empire produces most of its vehicles). Kuat said he pulled most of the specs from the internet. 

The interior is just as detailed as the exterior. It’s a mess of circuit boards, joysticks, and levers, just the way George Lucas would want it. 

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Filming for Star Wars: Episode VIII is in full swing. Yesterday director Rian Johnson posted an on-set teaser image.  

[Source: The Verge]

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Star Wars: Episode VIII Filming Teased In New Shot

Filming for Star Wars: Episode VIII is in full swing, and it would appear Lupita Nyong'o (who plays Maz Kanata) is working was recently working on a CGI-heavy shot. The image was posted on Tumblr by Episode VIII's director Rian Johnson.

The openness of the set makes it look like this shot involves a degree of movement for Maz. It would also appear Nyong'o is rigged with gear that allows her to see Maz's facial movements as she performs her scene.

Disney also released a new Force for Change video that gives us a good look at Mark Hamill's acting from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Force for Change has raised over $ 10 million dollars to date with funds being donated to various charities and organizations intent on helping people and communities.

From April 5 to May 4, Force for Change is running a new campaign that matches every dollar fans submit up to $ 1,000,000 total. The charities supported are UNICEF Kid Power, American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Make-A-Wish. You can donate and learn more about Force for Change right here.

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How The Coalition Became Gears Of War’s New Home

When Microsoft purchased Gears of War from Epic, fans were surprised that a mysterious and unproven studio in Vancouver called Black Tusk would be handling the development. After shifting away from their teased new IP, joining forces with Gears veteran Rod Fergusson, and changing their name to The Coalition, there were a lot of questions about what the new development studio would mean for Gears of War. While visiting The Coalition for our April cover story on Gears of War 4, we spoke with the studio's director of operations Mike Crump and new studio head Rod Fergusson about the full journey to become the new development home for Gears of War.

Watch the video below to learn how a relatively untested team is training to make the next Gears of War.

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Microsoft Officially Adds Halo Wars And Two More To Xbox One Backward Compatibility List

Three more games join the Xbox One backward compatibility list today. Halo Wars, which was technically available last week, is now officially part of the roster.

In addition, the Xbox 360 port of Soul Calibur II makes the jump to your Xbox One. King of Fighters ’98 also joins the fighting game party.

You can check out the full list on Major Nelson’s site.

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