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Forest Whitaker in talks to join Star Wars: Rogue One

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The Last King of Scotland Oscar-winner may be signing on to the upcoming Star Wars heist film.

Forest Whitaker, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2007, is in talks to join Rogue One, sources tell EW. The Lucasfilm “anthology film” will take place just before the events depicted in 1977’s original Star Wars, focusing on the Rebel mission to steal the plans that reveal vulnerabilities in the Empire’s Death Star.

So far, the only cast member Lucasfilm has confirmed for the Gareth Edwards-directed film is The Theory of Everything Oscar-nominee Felicity Jones, although Diego Luna (Y Tu Mamá También) and Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom) have also reportedly been in negotiations for the film.

Variety first reported Whitaker’s involvement but there’s no indication yet what role he might play. Lucasfilm and parent company The Walt Disney Co. did not immediately reply to requests for comment and typically wait until the casting is locked before making an announcement. Whitaker’s agency, WME, also declined to comment.

Rogue One is set to open Dec. 16, 2016 and will begin shooting later this year. 

The 53-year-old Whitaker is known for his versatility as a performer, ranging from intense and intimidating characters to others that are heartwarming and comic in a lengthy filmography that includes Good Morning, Vietnam, Bird, The Crying Game and Lee Daniels’ The Butler. He most recently co-starred in Taken 3, and appears opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams in next month’s boxing drama Southpaw.