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As a veteran, two-time Oscar-winning actor, you.d think that there are very few things left that go on in front of a camera that are beyond Tom Hanks' comfort zone. However, on last night.s The Late Show with David Letterman, the actor humorously recalls a rather bizarre five hours on the set of the upcoming Inferno with a hilarious impression of the directorial stylings of one Ron Howard. Hanks. story on Letterman comes from the set of Inferno, the third film adaptation of Dan Brown.s Robert Langdon series that started with The Da Vinci Code, and illustrates a specific challenge in modern filmmaking, attempting to evoke emotional interactions with imaginary CGI elements that only exist in concept during shooting. The scene in question involves Hanks. Langdon and Felicity Jones. Dr. Sienna Brooks being chased in the majestic ancient hallways of Florence.s Palazzo Vecchio. However, the »
Cosmology is "kind of a religion for intelligent atheists" attests a rangy young Stephen Hawking (Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne) when describing his field of interest to the beautiful Jane (Felicity Jones) at a Cambridge University mixer in the early 1960s. It proves not to be quite such a draw for James Marsh's biopic of the venerated scientist, The Theory of Everything (2014), which sidelines his pioneering work in favour of a by-the-numbers romantic weepy. Nonetheless, the results are visually glorious and emotionally affecting, not least because of a pair of fabulous lead performances that were both rightly celebrated during awards season - particularly for the excellent Redmayne. »
- CineVue UK
Given that shooting is looming, director Gareth Edwards must be in the final stages of putting his cast together for 2016's Star Wars film, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. Edwards already has Riz Ahmed, Sam Claflin, Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn on board the new movie, which is said to be a heist picture set around the plans for the original Death Star.
Now we learn that another of the film's lead roles has been cast.
The part has gone to Diego Luna, best known for movies such as Elysium and the excellent Y Tu Mama Tambien. The exact role that Luna has been cast in, as you might expect, remains unknown. Variety does report, however, that Rogue One is expected to have a big ensemble cast, "similar to The Dirty Dozen »
Variety has revealed that Gareth Edwards has cast his male lead for the ‘about to start shooting’ Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, the stand-alone Star Wars movie from Lucasfilm. The film already has British actors Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed amongst the cast, along with potentially Ben Mendelsohn, but the trade is reporting that none other than Mexican actor Diego Luna, most famous for his movies with Alfonso Cuarón (Y Tu Mama Tambien) and the Us hits The Terminal and, more recently, The Book Of Life.
There is no mention of the exact character that Luna will play, but it is said to be one of the leads in the tentpole movie.
‘Rogue One’ is heavily in pre-production with the plot revolving around a group of soldiers who steal plans for the Death Star. It will be set in the Star Wars universe that we all know and love, but »
- Paul Heath
What has been going around the rumor mill for a few weeks now has been confirmed. Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn is now officially part of the cast of the Star Wars anthology film Rogue One. Variety reported earlier today that Mendelsohn has landed the role of the film's villain but no one from Lucasfilm or Disney will confirm that for now. Honestly though, if Gareth Edwards can channel even a little bit of the Mendelsohn we saw in Animal Kingdom he could be a very noteworthy Star Wars villain indeed. Variety also reported that Mexican actor Diego Luna is also joining the cast, adding further ethnic diversity to the lineup. They join Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed. ...
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Is the force officially with Diego Luna?! The 35-year-old actor is reportedly in talks to play the lead role in the upcoming Star Wars: Rogue One spinoff movie, according to Variety. Not much else is known about the casting or who Luna will play. Luna will join Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn in the highly anticipated film (Mendelsohn is set to star as the film's primary villain according to the trade). The plot of Rogue One reportedly revolves around the heist of the Death Star by a group of rebel fighters with Ahmed and Luna playing rebel fighters. Back in March, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced the news of a Star Wars stand-alone film, which, according to the press release, is »
Gareth Edwards is in the process of adding another actor to his cast for Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. According to Variety, Diego Luna is now in talks for one of the lead roles alongside Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed and Ben Mendelsohn. Edwards showed up at the Star Wars Celebration convention in California recently to offer some more details about the movie, which will be set between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope, and features a group of rebel fighters pulling off a daring plan to steal the schematics for the first Death Star. Luna appears to be close to a role as one of those brave rebel types, serving alongside Jones and Ahmed, while Mendelsohn will be bringing his intensity to the main villain. Edwards is reportedly looking to build a larger ensemble for this one, with its mission dynamic resembling something more like The Dirty Dozen »
Those who witnessed Danny Rayburn's exquisite manipulation of his family in Netflix's new drama series Bloodline know what a sympathetic, fascinating and utterly complex villain Ben Mendelsohn is capable of bringing to the table. So it's very exciting that he has been announced as the main bad guy in the first Star Wars spinoff Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. No details have been announced regarding the character he will play. But it is known that he will be after a group of Rebel fighters intent on stealing plans to the first Death Star, with a story that leads right into Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
Disney and Lucasfilm have no comment on the news of Ben Mendelsohn's casting as the villain at this time. While the actor also wouldn't comment on the role in recent interviews, he did open up a little bit more about the »
More casting news for the upcoming Star Wars Anthology spin-off titled Rogue One, being directed by Gareth Edwards. With shooting starting up soon, they're finalizing casting and so far we've seen them making some excellent choices: Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed are confirmed. And now Variety can confirm a few others: Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn. The plot, revealed at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim a few months ago, follows a band of resistance fighters on a daring mission to steal the Death Star (plans). Luna will play a lead role alongside Jones and Ahmed, however Mendelsohn is apparently playing the lead antagonist (or "primary villain" as he's being called). Now this new movie is really starting to come together. Mexican actor Diego Luna has appeared in a number of roles in various movies, taking on more lead roles recently. He's been in: Y Tu Mamá También, Frida, The Terminal, »
- Alex Billington
Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One has added yet another cast member with Diego Luna signing on for the highly-anticipated spinoff. Actor Ben Mendelsohn, who has long been rumored to to star, has now been confirmed to play the primary villain. They join a cast that already includes Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed and Sam Claflin.
The story revolves around a group of rebel fighters who embark on a mission to steal plans for the original Death Star. The story will take place between the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, but closer chronologically to the latter film. Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed and are all said to be playing rebel fighters, but it isn't known who Sam Claflin is playing quite yet.
Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Star Wars spin-off Rogue One has found itself a new cast member, with Variety reporting that Diego Luna (Elysium) has joined the film in a lead role, although details of his character are being kept under wraps.
Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One will tell the story of a group of rebels out to steal the plans to the Death Star, with Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) set to play a rebel soldier. Luna and Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) are both thought to be playing rebels, while Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises) will star as the main villain. Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) has also been linked to the film, although his casting is yet to be confirmed.
See Also: Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One plot details and teaser revealed
Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One is set for release on December 16th, 2016.
- Gary Collinson
With Gareth Edwards' Star Wars Anthology movie inching closer to production, his cast is starting to take shape. Today word has come in that Diego Luna has joined the cast in a lead-role oppostie Felicity Jones. Come inside to learn more!
We're only a month or two away from Rogue One rolling cameras (at least from what we've heard), and that means it's time for more cast members to join up. While we've heard some rumbling here and there on various people, the only confirmed actor so far is Felicity Jones. Today, Variety reports that Diego Luna (Milk, Elysium) has joined the cast in a lead role:
So a couple pieces of information here. One is that Diego Lunas is »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
According to Variety, Diego Luna has been cast in a lead role in the upcoming Star Wars spinoff, Rogue One. He'll reportedly play a Rebel soldier alongside the previously cast Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed. (Bloodline's Ben Mendelsohn is rumored to be playing the villain.) The film takes place between Star Wars episodes III and IV, and tells the story of a Rebel mission to steal the plans for the Death Star — which, like Diego Luna's dreamy eyes, has often been confused with a moon. »
- Nate Jones
Ben Mendelsohn is expected to play the main villain in the first of several planned Anthology movies, »
Of the two Star Wars spinoff movies . now labeled as Anthology films -- Star Wars: Rogue One is the one that.s moving at a decent clip. Gareth Edwards is directing the film, with Felicity Jones in a pivotal role. Now we get word that Diego Luna has been added to the cast. But in what role? Variety now reports that Luna, still best known for his breakout role in Y Tu Mama Tambien, has landed a "lead role" in the upcoming thriller, which will center on the extraction of the plans for the Death Star by rebel fighters. Retrieving those plans allows the rebel alliance to blow the Death Star to smithereens in Star Wars: Episode IV . A New Hope, so Edwards. film will fall between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope on the saga.s timeline. It.s interesting that Variety would use the »
Looks like Felicity Jones has just found herself a wing-man! Variety are reporting that Elysium actor Diego Luna has been tapped to star in the upcoming Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One. Sources claim that the Mexican actor will play a lead role alongside Jones in the first spin-off in the expanded Star Wars cinematic universe. Last month, director Gareth Edwards revealed that the movie will be set between Episodes III & IV, focusing on a group of rebel fighters on a mission to steal the Death Star plans. It's widely believed that Jones, Luna and Nightcrawler actor Riz Ahmed will all play rebel fighters, while veteran Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises) will serve as the film's villain. It appears that Edwards has assembled a pretty formidable and diverse group of talent already. The movie is set to be released December 16, 2016. What do you think of Luna's casting? »
Diego Luna has joined Felicity Jones in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, the Star Wars spinoff to be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards. Luna will play a co-lead alongside Jones as members of a group of solders who steal the plans for the Death Star. The news comes from Variety that also seems to confirm earlier word that Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) and Ben Mendelsohn will also star with the latter serving as the film's primary villain. Big shocker there, Mendelsohn and Christoph Waltz ought to star in a documentary on how to get typecast as a villain. The film takes place between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and it would stand to assume the mission to steal the plans is successful based on the events of the original Star Wars. Star Wars: Rogue One hits theaters on Dec. »
- Brad Brevet
It looks like director Gareth Edwards just scored another "rebel fighter" for Star Wars: Rogue One. According to Variety, Edwards cast Diego Luna in a lead role opposite Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed and Ben Mendelsohn. As we learned during Star Wars Celebration, the Star Wars: Rogue One narrative takes place between Episode III and Episode IV, and will focus on a band of resistance fighters who come together to steal the Death Star plans. Disney and Lucasfilm have yet to confirm anything other than Jones' casting, but according to Variety's sources, Luna and Ahmed are on board to play resistance fighters and Mendelsohn will step in as the film's primary villain. Apparently Rogue One will feature a "large ensemble similar to The Dirty Dozen and Saving Private Ryan." Per usual we don't want to get too carried away until Disney and Lucasfilm make the official announcement, but Jones, »
- Perri Nemiroff
The spinoff, which already stars Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) and Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline), will be an ensemble piece about the heist of Death Star blueprints by a group of rebel fighters. It’s set between Episode III and Episode IV, but closer to A New Hope. Jones and Ahmed are set as members of the rebel squad deployed to retrieve the plans, while Mendelsohn will be the villain of the piece. Luna is reportedly also playing a rebel.
Luna is a prolific actor best known for Elysium, The Terminal and Y Tu Mama Tambien. He most recently shot Blood Father, starring alongside Mel Gibson, and is preparing to play a key role in Jason Momoa starrer The Bad Batch. The »
- Isaac Feldberg
You'd have to go all the way back to 2013's "Elysium" to mark the last time we saw Diego Luna on the big screen, and while he's been busy producing and directing a handful of films, he's returning to multiplexes in a major way. Variety reports that the actor has joined Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed in "Star Wars: Rogue One." He'll be playing one of the rebels who plot to steal the plans for the Death Star in the film that's set between "Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge Of The Sith" and "Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope." And while the trade also lists Ben Mendelsohn as the villain of this film, the actor has been playing very coy about it. "I can say that I’ve heard the rumors too, that they are very exciting rumors, but that I can in true honesty say that »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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