Sherlock Actor Reportedly Joins Star Wars: Rogue One

It looks as though British actor Jonathan Aris – best known as Anderson in BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ – has joined the ranks of ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’.

BBC reporter Lizo Mzimba discovered the rather cool casting news via British casting website, Spotlight. But it seems the casting news we were looking for has already been deleted.

“Sherlock’s Jonathan Aris cast as Senator Jebel in @StarWars: Rogue One. From @SpotlightUK page,” he revealed on Twitter. “Someone’s done the old Jedi mind trick on Jonathan Aris’s @SpotlightUK pag … Star Wars: Rogue One details now gone.”

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Although the listing has since disappeared, it looks as though this could be the first bit of almost-official ‘Rogue One’ casting news since Felicity Jones was revealed to have boarded the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ spin-off.

Jonathan Aris is best known for his stint in ‘Sherlock’ as Anderson – a forensic scientist who often causes friction during Sherlock’s crime scene visits. But he’s also appeared in the Edgar Wright movie ‘The World’s End’ as well as the upcoming sci-fi thriller, ‘The Martian’.

But what do we know about his ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ role?

At the moment, not much… aside from the name, Senator Jebel. Of course, the film is set at some point between the original and prequel trilogies. And it’s already been confirmed that it will focus on “A band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans.”

Will Senator Jebel fall on the side of the Empire or the Rebels?

At the moment, that remains unclear… especially after the fall of the senate during ‘Episode III: Revenge of the Sith’. It’s easy to imagine a corrupt Senator enjoying the power given to him by the Empire. But he could also appear as a Rebellious supporter who fights the cause in secret, much like Princess Leia’s adopted father, Senator Bail Organa.

Either way, it looks as though Jonathan Aris will be heading to ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’. Wonderful news for both ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Sherlock’ fans.

‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ heads to cinemas on 16 December 2016.

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Picture Credit: BBC, Lucasfilm