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Sherlock star Jonathan Aris could join Rogue One as senator

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One of the actors from Star Wars: Rogue One pulled his trigger a little early.

Jonathan Aris, who co-stars opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on BBC One’s modern Sherlock series, was listed on the British casting resource page Spotlight as someone named Senator Jebel in the Star Wars film.

After BBC News reported the listing, it was deleted – leaving Aris’s upcoming role in Ridley Scott’s The Martian at the top of his credits. Aris’s representatives did not reply to a request for comment.

More names will likely be added to the Rogue One roster soon, since the movie is nearing the start of principal photography. It’s set to hit theaters in December 2016.

Lucasfilm and parent company Disney also did not immediately comment. The only actor officially announced as part of the movie, which is being directed by Godzilla filmmaker Gareth Edwards, is The Theory of Everything star Felicity Jones, whose role has been unspecified.

Other actors who have been in negotiations to join the movie are The Last King of Scotland Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna (Y Tu Mamá También) and Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom.)

Rogue One refers to the leader of the Rebellion’s premier X-Wing fighter squadron, which was headed by Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back’s battle of Hoth. The film is the story of the Rebel efforts to steal the plans for the original Death Star, helping them pinpoint weaknesses in the weapon’s structure.

Aris has also appeared in the BBC Two series Wolf Hall, but is best known from Sherlock as forensic investigator Philip Anderson, who repeatedly clashes with – and is humiliated by – Cumberbatch’s Holmes, until becoming an obsessive fan of the sleuth’s as leader of The Empty Hearst society. 

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