The BBC’s Lizo Mzimba has reported that Sherlock star Jonathan Aris has been cast in Star Wars: Rogue One.
The report is based on Rogue One being listed on Aris’s Spotlight page; Spotlight being an official site used by actors and agents to display their film and television credits.
Check out an image from Aris’s Spotlight page below.
The film credit indicates that Aris will be playing a Senator Jebel in Rogue One.
Image via socialstv.com
Aris played Anderson in the popular BBC series, Sherlock, starring alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Anderson was a forensic scientist and initially distrustful and scornful of Sherlock Holmes and his abilities. Later, however, he would form a society in honor of the detective based on the firm belief that the presumably deceased Sherlock faked his death and was still alive.
Among the 44-year-old actor’s other recent on-screen appearances are as Robert in the television show, Humans, and in minor roles in Simon Pegg’s The World’s End, Jack Black’s Gulliver’s Travels, and Doctor Who.
Based on his role in Sherlock, of which I am an avid fan, I can see Aris playing a senator in Star Wars very well, whether that senator is sensible and moral or arrogant and annoying. I’m sure he could easily play a different species, as well; at this point we have no idea whether Senator Jobel is human or not.
Once again, the cast of Star Wars: Rogue One has gotten a little bigger (and even better). I hope that we get an official cast announcement from Disney and Lucasfilm soon, however, as virtually the entire cast so far has been revealed through reports from various entertainment websites. As of today, our only officially confirmed actor is Felicity Jones, who will be playing a Rebel soldier.
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