Details on Mads Mikkelsen Role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story!


During the D23 Expo in Anaheim the Danish actor was officially announced as part of the cast for the first Anthology movie – Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards. In an interview with a local newspaper the actor revealed a few tidbits about his role and the production itself…



Many of you know Mads Mikkelsen from his villainous roles in Casino Royal, the Hannibal TV series and several others. When he was announced as part of the Rogue One cast, and was not present in the cast photo with the “Rogues”, many people speculated that he will play a villain role in the movie. Well, it appears that this is not the case at all.




(translated by Google)


Q: On IMDB your name is listed just after Felicity Jones. It suggests that it is a great role. Is it a big role?


A: I have not actually noticed that. It is probably because the other might not have come on the list yet [smiles].


Q: But is it a big or a small role?


A: It is a very important role, as much I can say.


Q: Are you the bad guy?


A: No, my character is actually not a bad guy, and then I can not say more. 

I can also say that the movie will be shot in Iceland and England. And the filming will last for three months.




Obviously the actor is talking about his filming duration, since 3 months is a bit short period for a production from such magnitude. Also according to the report the filming will starts in mid-September. And it’s interesting to know that they will be visiting Iceland again.



Special thanks to Cantina member HansOle for the heads up.


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69 thoughts on “Details on Mads Mikkelsen Role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story!

  • August 23, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    It’s spelled Danish

  • August 23, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    If you’re going to have Mads Mikkelsen ( and Donnie Yen ) in your movie, it should not be a small role or a cameo – it SHOULD be an important role, so I hope the movie does Mads justice.

    • August 24, 2015 at 4:39 am

      He does have that Dark Forces (1993 video game illustrations) Kyle Katarn look. If there is any younger male actor looking similar then maybe he could be the father of Kyle Katarn!

      • August 24, 2015 at 7:52 am

        If Kyle Katarn is referenced in any way I would loose my mind of joy- one of my favorite SW characters

  • August 23, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Im bored

    • August 23, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      yes and thats because return of the jedi came before a new hope

    • August 23, 2015 at 11:17 pm

      Please don’t resurrect or clone palpatine. One of the few things I hated about the old eu. Come up with new villains. Don’t need to rehash characters we’ve already seen whom are supposed to be long dead at this point.

      • August 24, 2015 at 6:45 am

        who, not whom. I’m only correcting you because you’re using the more formal word incorrectly. To me that’s worse than using the less formal “who” incorrectly.

      • August 24, 2015 at 3:42 pm

        Palpatine and Vader are alive during the time frame of this movie.

  • August 23, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    OH HELL!! Hannibal is gonna be a good guy…..yessss!!!!

  • August 23, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    I’d suspect he’s Boba Fett too

    • August 23, 2015 at 11:24 pm

      Have you seen the latest Marvel comics that are canon now? Fett is pure evil there.

      • August 23, 2015 at 11:55 pm

        Its all been planned in a way, that its going to unravel into a scooby doo ending. When `Fetts` helmet finally gets removed we will see just really is under it. Forget who they`ve duped people into believing it is.

        Your jaw is gonna drop when you see who it really is, and the twist to the story. A few things that back this up, is he never really ever removed his helmet once which leaves things open to speculation and this had to happen, for this ending to play out correctly. Too early for episode 8, but wait and see what they plan for fett in episode 9.

        Its a twist on a scale that will give birth to the next trilogy, 10, 11, and 12 based on a new empire.

        Episode 10 – the return of palpatine

        • August 24, 2015 at 2:38 am

          Forrest Whitaker is Fett.

          • August 24, 2015 at 9:15 am

            Palpatine is Boba Fett.

          • August 24, 2015 at 9:18 am


          • August 24, 2015 at 2:10 pm

            Jabba Fett, Boba the Hutt – tomayto, tomarto

  • August 23, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I think that Mads is saying that his character isn’t bad, because his character doesn’t think so in his own twisted mind; just like ol’ Kylo Ren.

  • August 23, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Cad Bane

  • August 23, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Iceland? DICE based Sullust on Iceland.

    • August 23, 2015 at 11:46 pm

      Iceland has a variety of terrain.

    • August 24, 2015 at 12:16 am

      Practical to show a lava world.

    • August 24, 2015 at 2:23 am

      From Yavin to Hoth. Forget Sullust.

      • August 24, 2015 at 11:43 am

        Why would they be on Hoth? They on only went there post Yavin

  • August 23, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    If his filming involvement is 3 months then his role must be pretty significant. Maybe Rogue Squadron leader.

    Nice bit of casting whatever his role.

  • August 23, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    I know this has become a joke here lately, but I really think he could be Lobot (though I wouldn’t bet on it). Just look up a pic of Mads and compare it to Lobot.
    Also, if you look behind Diego in that pic, there is an obscured person that reminds me of Lobot (again, not putting money on it).

    According to the Canon section of Wookieepedia Lobot “was paid to run battlefield calculations for the Galactic Empire.” He would be a powerful asset for the Rebellion in gaining their first victory.

  • August 24, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Iceland = sullust. Battlefront is focusing on sullust. I think the death star plans are on sullust or its just a major imperial station near by where the plans are actually located

    • August 24, 2015 at 12:17 am

      Iceland has many active volcanoes.

  • August 24, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Would be cool if hoth featured in the film, i.e some rebels scout the area for a new rebel base, and they fight wampas ect. They Rebel Base would have to be made sometime.

    • August 24, 2015 at 1:09 am

      Or we can try a new location for a change.

    • August 24, 2015 at 11:30 am

      In the Marvel comics, they’re still searching for a planet to set up their new base (which we know will end up being Hoth) months after the end of ANH, so don’t expect to see Hoth in a film that takes place before ANH. I’d bet that the discovery and decision to use Hoth will be a major plot point in a future story arc in the comic OR in one of the novels.

  • August 24, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Cad Bane?

  • August 24, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Can we just call it Rogue One? “A Star Wars Story” sounds redundant

    • August 24, 2015 at 5:30 am

      Star Wars anthology was so much better 🙁
      Too bad Disney knows the public’s dumb

  • August 24, 2015 at 12:49 am

    He’s NOT playing a villain? Grand Moff Lecter would have been interesting.

  • August 24, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Actually, the original film schedule for The Force Awakens was only about 3 months. Then Harrison Ford had an injury in the first month, and they had to wait 2 months for him to return so they could complete the last 2 months of filming.

    So filming for 3 months can be plenty of time for this.

    • August 24, 2015 at 6:02 am

      Plenty of time for any movie. Some are shot in 2 months. 3 is a luxury for many movies

      • August 24, 2015 at 9:24 am

        Are you guys sure about this?

        I had thought that originally, when shooting was announced for May in 2014, that they said they’d be shooting through fall?

        When Harrison’s injuries occurred I thought they re-worked the shooting schedule so they could keep working, but took a little break? Certainly not for months & months.
        Shooting for TFA was end of May – mid October if I recall?

        • August 24, 2015 at 2:45 pm

          Abrams originally wanted 3 months. Some reports from February revealed that they planned to film from mid-May through to September. Part of that was probably to do with availability of locations and actors with prior commitments.

          As expected, there was a bit of down time in the week or two following Ford’s injury in June, and they were able to film some material in his absence, such as the scenes they filmed at Puzzlewood/Forests of Dean, and Skellig Michael, and if the dates shown on the SDCC video reel are correct, some interior shots of the resistance base and Maz Kanata’s castle.

          However, there was another 2 weeks or more in August where production was on break while they rescheduled filming for Ford’s recovery. Production officially resumed on the 28th of August.

          As was mentioned in the recent Entertainment Weekly preview, Ford’s accident gave Abrams and Kasdan some time to rewrite upcoming scenes, reshoot others, and even just to give actors bonus time to rehearse.

          The absence of notable actors at times over the course of filming makes the whole production look fairly casual.
          Oscar Isaac for example, seems to have done most of his filming in the months of June and September (his last day was the 25th of September) with a rather lengthy period of time from July through August in which he was able to attend a bunch of events in the US, and grow out a pretty thick beard.

  • August 24, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Quit getting hung up on Boba Fett, for crying out loud! Think NEW canon! I can see Mikkelsen playing a role like Kanan Jarrus, who helps with stealing the plans in a ground war, only to sacrifice his life to Vader to allow the Rebels to get away.

    • August 24, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      That would be fantastic!

  • August 24, 2015 at 2:04 am

    No, like, really? So you’re trying to tell me the movie isn’t 3 months long?! Aww damnit! How disappointing!

    • August 24, 2015 at 2:15 am

      I thought the same thing. 3 months is a very standard duration for Any film shoot. Not sure what the author was meaning by that?

  • August 24, 2015 at 2:08 am

    3 months is a very standard duration for Any film shoot. Not sure what the author was meaning by that?

  • August 24, 2015 at 2:51 am

    I dare to say that is Dengar or Cad Bane, a bounty hunter for sure

  • August 24, 2015 at 2:57 am

    Okay, so for Lent my class saw The Greatest Story Ever Told and it was about Jesus of Nazerath and I found out that the main actor who played Jesus was
    Max Von Snydow
    And he will be in Force Awakens!
    That made the movie way better…

    • August 24, 2015 at 8:03 am

      What’s so great about that story anyway? God = Jesus so God knew he was going to come back after sacrificing himself to himself, so that sacrifice (the crucifixion) was REALLY lame compared to the sacrificeo of many people giving their lives – knowing they won’t come back – to save others.
      Besides all the logical flaws in the structure of the story it doesn’t hold water narratively either. It’s as if it was written by people 2000 years ago who had no screenwriting courses. And, strangely enough, while the texts occasionally make it sound as if this stuff was witnessed by the authors, it wasn’t. So there goes reliability. To top it all there are four different versions of it in the bible so which one is really the Greatest Story Ever Told?
      Nope, there is only one true power in the universe…

      • August 25, 2015 at 4:05 am

        I know you are being sarcastic but I’ll play anyways. Three of the four Gospels were written by the Apostles. Those of which are Matthew, Mark, and John.

  • August 24, 2015 at 3:17 am

    They could do most of the filming of the principal cast in 3 months and that gives them a year for second unit, post and many other things. Its a quick turn around so shooting schedule will probably be pretty tight. I think 3 months is realistic.

  • August 24, 2015 at 3:27 am

    There is this short story on It has an artwork of an Imperial Admiral named Jhared Montferrat which reminds me of Mikkelsen a lot.

  • August 24, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Interesting that Episode VII is largely led by unknowns while this film is led by more established actors.

    • August 24, 2015 at 3:40 am

      Maybe cheaper and easier to sign unknowns for 3 or more films. Cost of getting established actors for one film is reasonable.

  • August 24, 2015 at 3:59 am

    Here comes Donnie Yen again. With liquor and deathsticks.

  • August 24, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Crix Madine! Crix Madine! CRIX MADINE!!!

  • August 24, 2015 at 6:06 am

    He is a great character actor , and good to hear not casted as typical Empire Moff. I hope he will play double agent reflecting ambiguous nature theme of the film.

  • August 24, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Mads will be great in any role! So good to have him in Star Wars.

  • August 24, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Maybe they should come up with some new bounty hunter that’s cool and menacing after they destroyed Fett with his backstory and took away his cool voice .

  • August 24, 2015 at 10:10 am

    This movie is gonna be more awesome than you can possibly imagine.

  • August 24, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I was thinking Boba Fett but you’d have to show Mikkelson’s face to know it was him, then all the fanboys going to start throwing their Skyhopper toys out of their prams if he takes his helmet off, a la Stallone’s Judge Dredd?

  • August 24, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Great news. Its good to know that we’ll have at least one white guy who’s not evil…

  • August 24, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Is that lobot in the background

  • August 24, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I think we are going to get a lot of spoilers for R1. Ep7 is the ongoing Skywalker story and has to remain as the thread that exposed and holds the galaxy together but R1 needs as much publicity as it can get in case it doesn’t capture the mass market it needs.
    So expect a more traditional trailer campaign

  • August 24, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Great actor…check him out in the Danish movie…The Hunt
    its on Netflix

  • August 24, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Casting for this movie is awesome. I hope Edwards direction will only enhance actors potential. Looking back Godzilla, the movie also had a strong cast , but he failed to deliver their potential.

  • August 24, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    It was confirmed that his character would be mo-cap wasn’t it? I was thinking Tarkin for that reason, Cushing’s face on Mikkelsen’s head. Either way, I’m disappointed if he’s playing a CGI character of any kind.

    • August 24, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      No, Alan Tudyk is playing a mo-cap character.

  • August 24, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    If Boba takes over Cad’s role as “Best bounty hunter in the Galaxy” in this movie, it’s reasonable to assume that Cad would be playing an anti-hero (or anti-villain), whilst Boba allies with Vader and assumes a villain role. If that’s the case, he wouldn’t necessarily be a “bad guy”.

    I can see Mads playing Cad for sure. I think Jamie Harris would be better, but Mads would be very good, nonetheless.

  • September 2, 2015 at 4:56 am

    Continuing the Star Wars saga where Return of the Jedi left off, Luke Skywalker aims to restore the Jedi Order while Leia and Han Solo work.

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