Mads Mikkelsen on ‘Rogue One’ and ‘Doctor Strange’ Roles

In an interview with GQ, actor Mads Mikkelson of the upcoming Doctor Strange and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story talked about balancing his roles between the blockbusters, what it was like to work on the enormous sets of Rogue, and even let a minor detail slip about Jyn Erso when commenting on what it was like to work with actress Felicity Jones.

In an interview with GQ, actor Mads Mikkelson of the upcoming Doctor Strange and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story talked about the differences between his roles in the two blockbusters, what it was like to work on the enormous sets of Rogue, and even let a minor detail slip about Jyn Erso when commenting on what it was like to work with actress Felicity Jones.

Oh, it was great. I worked a few days with Felicity Jones and she is a wonderful actress. I worked with Jyn at three stages, and three different ages, so there was a little kid that was four, one that was eight, and then there was Felicity. So that was wonderful. I spent a lot of time with Ben Mendelsohn and that was hilarious. He’s a very funny man and he makes the day just fly by.

It isn’t a big deal but we now know we will see Jyn at four years old in addition to the ages seen in the trailers released thus far.

The actor described how incredible the sets were that Lucasfilm constructed for the film:

Well, it was great. Obviously it’s a gigantic set compared to the stuff I’m used to doing back in Europe, especially in Denmark. But, you make it a small, intimate set as well, in terms of the scenes. You just have to make the scene work even though you’re standing on a gigantic landing air force platform or wherever you are. Obviously it’s gigantic, but you try to make it small within the terms you’re working with.

Mikkelsen also talked about the differences between working on each production and the physicality required for his role as the villain Kaecilius in Doctor Strange:

Well, another big film, another big set – again, a gigantic set. A supreme cast as well. I had quite a different physicality: I was extremely physical in the Doctor Strange film; not so much on the Star Wars film, Rogue One. I think that might just have been the most physical film I’ve ever done. Something I would have embraced heavily when I was 16, but I had to do it when I was 50, which I loved – it’s a childhood dream to do flying Kung Fu and we did that a lot.

It’s quite the year for the actor who first broke onto the scene with his villainous role in Casino Royale. This winter will his stardom will rise to new heights as he is now part of the two most successful franchises in history. His role in Rogue ties him to the original classic Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope as the scientist who invented the original Death Star.

To read the full interview including his thoughts on what it means to be the new face of Ford head on over to GQ.

Doctor Strange hits theaters November 4, 2016. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story drops a month later on December 16, 2016.

SOURCE: GQ

Felicity Jones Talks ‘Rogue One’ on BBC Radio 1

While promoting her upcoming film Inferno, Felicity Jones spoke with Grimmy on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast show about the life changing experience of starring in a Star Wars film and acting opposite a giant monkey with a blaster (Bistan) in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The actress mentions how cool and bizarre it was to go home after spending the day talking to her tentacled friend we saw in the trailer released yesterday. Jones also added that she has seen parts of the film and that it’s “really cool.”

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SOURCE: BBC RADIO 1

‘Rogue One’: Poster Revealed; Official Trailer Tomorrow

The new poster features the entire cast set against the backdrop of the original Death Star.

The new official U.S. poster for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been revealed! Over the last few weeks we saw both a Japanese and Korean poster which didn’t look too great, however. This new poster is fantastic and features the entire cast set against the backdrop of the original Death Star. The helmet of Darth Vader can also be seen in the upper right corner representing the looming presence he will have over the film.

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The poster was revealed today on The Star Wars Show by the film’s Director Garreth Edwards. But that wasn’t all, Edwards took this opportunity to announce that the final trailer for the film will be released tomorrow morning.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

Felicity Jones on ‘Rogue One’ Reshoots

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actress Felicity Jones discusses her upcoming films Inferno, A Monster Calls, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

 

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actress Felicity Jones discusses her upcoming films InfernoA Monster Calls, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Only two short months from now Jones will lead Lucasfilm into their first outing from the Skywalker saga with the experimental spin-off.

The film tells the story of Jyn Erso (Jones) and a band of rebel spies as they embark on a mission to steal the plans of the original Death Star described in the first paragraph of the opening crawl to Star Wars Episode IV: A New HopeRogue will serve as a direct prequel to the original classic and lead right up to the moments before Princess Leia’s Tantive IV is captured by Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer, “The Executor”.

Jones told THR her biggest inspiration for Jyn was Florence Welch of the british rock band Florence + The Machine. She spent hours watching music videos by the group as she crafted who the character was and describes the physicality Florence brings to her performances as her inspiration for the physicality she brought to the role.

So much of Jyn is movement. It became a very important part of finding her. She walks almost a bit like a caged animal. Her fight sequences become like dances.

In the trailers, Jones can be seen as she storms a beach crawling with AT-AT’s. The film has her taking on stormtroopers head to head, leaping from one piece of a set to another, and even coming face to face with a TIE Fighter as she smuggles the plans that the Rebel Alliance will later use when Luke Skywalker makes his attack run on the Death Star.

THR also managed to slide in a burn about the the film’s notorious reshoots which is getting old at this point and is just flat out ignorant. Jones commented on the controversy surrounding the film going back into production this past June.

Obviously when you come to the edit, you see the film come together and you think, ‘Actually, we could do this better, and this would make more sense if we did this. I’ve done it so many times. I mean, you wouldn’t just give your first draft on this story, would you?

Every blockbuster has reshoots.

What may have once been a reaction to pieces of a film not working is now part of the production, built into the schedule and the budget from the beginning. The difference with Rogue and what makes it concerning is that director Tony Gilroy was brought in to handle the reshoots rather than the film’s director Garreth Edwards. There was a lot of talk about Lucasfilm being dissatisfied with the tone of the film saying it wasn’t Star Wars enough. Rogue  from its initial conception was to be a war film. The trailers released for the film thus far evoke vibes of Saving Private RyanPlatoon, and Apocalypse Now. My fear is that the film will suffer from a tonal clash. One train being derailed by another because of bad feedback from a focus group. At what point does Edwards’ vision and intention become compromised? Will the levity Star Wars is known for mix well with what Edwards has crafted?

To read the full interview with Jones where she also discusses her reluctance to join Inferno as well as the loss of her former co-star Anton Yelchin, head on over to THR.

Rogue One hits theaters December 16, 2016.

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