Rogue One Actress Genevieve O’Reilly Talks Heartfelt Star Wars Fans

Genevieve O’Reilly

Actress Genevieve O’Reilly, who plays Mon Mothma in the upcoming movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story says she loves its dedicated fanbase.


Genevieve O’Reilly, will play the classic character Mon Mothma in the up-and-coming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story later this year. Lucasfilm brought back the actress from the Revenge of the Sith deleted scenes, to play the role in the new film because of her convincing similarity to the Return of the Jedi actress Caroline Blakiston. This time, it seems pretty clear that O’Reilly will play a prominent role in this movie, unlike in 2005.


In the recent teaser trailer for ‘Rogue One’, Mon Mothma plays a central role as she sends a young rebel named Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) on a deadly mission to steal the plans for the original Death Star, the planet-destroying weapon of the evil Galactic Empire.




The actress who will portray the younger version of the Mon Mothma character in the new film, talked about her thoughts on its fan base over the years.

“Whenever I do a play there are Star Wars fans at the stage door and they’re always lovely – so excited and so effusive about the storylines and the characters. When you’re doing something really serious and the Star Wars fans are waiting outside, it’s a nice juxtaposition.”


O’Reilly has recently earned critic acclaim for portraying a heroine turned evil murderess in the real-life drama ‘The Secret’, now available on DVD and digital download.


Mon Mothma returns in this Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer.





‘Rogue One’ was written by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz, from a story-line idea from the legendary visual effects supervisor John Knoll. The film also stars Mads Mikkelsen, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn, Diego Luna and Riz Ahmed.


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is due for release on December 16.





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50 thoughts on “Rogue One Actress Genevieve O’Reilly Talks Heartfelt Star Wars Fans

  • May 22, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Somebody get Mon Mothma a gift card to the Coruscant Mall so she can buy some new clothes.

    • May 22, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      ***Spoiler Alert***

      In the movie we will see how Jyn gives her one but to the Alderaan Mall, however it was destroyed and she wasn’t able to use it anymore…

    • May 23, 2016 at 5:32 am

      Her outfit neckline is lower there and the things on her shoulders are NOT in the exact same place. Obviously she had multiple of the similar outfit.

      • May 23, 2016 at 5:47 am

        Well, it was a joke – but by new clothes I meant something that doesn’t look like a tassled white Roman toga.

        • May 23, 2016 at 7:59 am

          They wanted her to be instantly recognizable.

  • May 22, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    I’m impressed they went with a prequel actress for one of the spin off films. Love them or hate them, the prequels are star wars, and ignoring them won’t get rid of them.

    • May 22, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      I’m all for using actors from the prequels and maintaining continuity and I’m no fan of those movies.

      • May 23, 2016 at 12:19 am

        That’s my stance… I hate them but hey if they can somehow make it work. All the better. I really had no qualms with the actors, locations and props.

        I know some people didn’t like Karen’s work with Republic Commando but I thought it was way better than the PT and helped explain some of the holes those movies created.

        So if linking a few things here and there in the newer movie helps… great!

        • May 23, 2016 at 9:26 pm

          Theres plenty outside the 3 movies that worked in that era, unfortunately, the movies themselves paled in comparison to some of the comics and obviously, the CW show.

          • May 27, 2016 at 4:13 am

            For me, it’s the Tartakovsky cartoon. Samurai Jack with lightsabers. Amazing.

    • May 22, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      Genevieve didn’t even make the cut, so she’s not really a Prequel actress.

      • May 23, 2016 at 12:18 am

        She can still be seen in the movie ( as background character ). Soo she is in fact prequel actress.

        • May 23, 2016 at 2:17 am

          *thinks about it* Oh, you mean that scene on Coruscant when Padme tells Anakin she’s pregnant?

      • May 23, 2016 at 3:12 am

        Well, no, her scene didn’t make the cut. Her deleted status is no reflection on her, just the scene she was in.

    • May 23, 2016 at 3:11 am

      Indeed, ignoring them will make them more powerful than we could possibly imagine!

      Yeah, it didn’t actually make sense when Ben said it either.

  • May 22, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    she will play the “younger” version of Mon Mothma in Rogue One which takes place only 3 years before ROTJ lol

      • May 23, 2016 at 1:42 am

        no that’s not what I meant at all lol I meant that the article said the “Younger version” when in universe it ‘s really only like 4 or 5 years before ROTJ

        • May 23, 2016 at 8:01 am

          slightly younger

      • May 23, 2016 at 9:45 am

        I want her in VIII even if she’s in an oxygen mask by then.

      • May 23, 2016 at 3:50 pm

        ‘I noticed for the first time the moon was round, not flat like a plate’


    • May 22, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      3? Er no. 6 – 7? Maybe, but not 3. Remember there’s big time gaps between each episode.

      • May 23, 2016 at 1:44 am

        yeah I remember now about 4 or 5 years. I think there’s 3 years in between ANH and ESB and a few months to a year between ESB and ROTJ?

        • May 23, 2016 at 5:30 am

          About 1 year between ESB and ROTJ

    • May 23, 2016 at 5:29 am

      4 years or so, Gen is in her late 30s, Caroline was in her late 40s.

  • May 22, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Why aren’t there more women in Rogue One? It’s loaded with men.

    • May 22, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      Would it matter? All we need is to enjoy the flick.

      • May 23, 2016 at 2:15 am

        Whether it matters or not is a matter of opinion. Personally, I want to see Star Wars films that aren’t overwhelmingly dominated by men, even if the protagonists are women.

    • May 22, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      We’ve only had one trailer. There could be plenty more we just havent’ seen yet.

      • May 23, 2016 at 2:14 am

        They’ve already given us 9 or so actors from the main cast. Anyone left isn’t going to have that big of a role. Think Captain Phasma or Maz Kanata.

    • May 22, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      You’ve seen the movie have you?

      • May 23, 2016 at 2:13 am

        You don’t need to see the movie to know who’s in the main cast.

    • May 23, 2016 at 8:00 am

      Yeah, sausages party.

      • May 23, 2016 at 9:10 am

        Too much sausage gives me heartburn. Wait, that sounds wrong… ^_-

        • May 23, 2016 at 11:22 am

          Don´t drop the soap…

          • May 23, 2016 at 12:04 pm

            Great. Tell a d*ck joke. End up in prison. I should’ve quit while I was a head. ;B

          • May 23, 2016 at 1:16 pm

            Ok, you won ;), victory is yours.

    • May 26, 2016 at 12:13 am

      You know I was thinking about this the other day: Why not a prominent droid character that has a female voice?

      • May 26, 2016 at 1:12 am

        True. I had been hoping BB-8 was a female, but that didn’t work out.

  • May 23, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Soo she has same clothes in this movie and in ROTJ. Poor woman,
    her clothes probably stink after so many years of wear.

    • May 23, 2016 at 5:26 am

      As if she doesn’t have multiple copies and variations.

      • May 26, 2016 at 12:11 am

        She could be one of those personality types who wears the same/similar outfit every day on the belief that it helps one to focus. lol

    • May 23, 2016 at 10:26 am

      It might be her uniform? And it’s actually slightly different from the ROTJ outfit, the seams are different.

      • May 23, 2016 at 11:23 am

        Neckline is lower

    • May 23, 2016 at 11:26 am

      Wedge wore the same outfit for 3 films yet no one complains about that.

  • May 23, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Best casting move in the film. Trying to figure out if they aged her though or she’s just not wearing much makeup?

    Whatever they did, It looks very natural and great.

    • May 26, 2016 at 12:10 am

      Indeed — originally I wondered if they had gotten the original actress from ROTJ back and digitally de-aged her.

  • May 23, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Any timeline for future trailers (w/ more footage & goodies?). I’m again astounded (impressed?) at the comparatively-higher spoiler safeguarding fro R1 than the apparent dearth of it seen for Ep. VIII (buttloads of set pics, Knights of Ren scene, etc.)

  • May 23, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I hate to be THAT fanboy but…Genevieve O’Reilly is hot. I need to find more films she’s in, I’m guessing a lot of independent or art house pictures. Hot. <3

  • May 23, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Jyn is rogue one

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