Ever since the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con Rogue One Panel, where the Rogue One Celebration Reel was shown, it’s been speculated that actor Jimmy Smits would be reprising his Star Wars Prequel Trilogies role as Bail Organa, in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story…
On CBS’s The Talk, actor Jimmy Smits was shown a portion of the Rogue One Celebration Reel, and they paused and highlighted the part that all Star Wars fans have been pointing to, as proof that Smits is returning to the Star Wars cinematic universe, as Senator Bail Organa. Check it out:
Can you say the word “Cameo,” can you say the words “Small Parts.”
There you have it, Jimmy Smits has confirmed his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Of course, this should come as to the many Star Wars fans who instantly spotted that iconic Organa (Smits) goatee, from the Rogue One Celebration Reel…but it’s nice to have official confirmation, nonetheless.
"“They aren’t the heroes you might expect, however. There’s no Princess Leia or Wedge Antilles floating around in the background (if they are, no one has discovered them yet). Rather, it’s the leaders of the Rebel Alliance who have roles in Rogue One: Senator Mon Mothma, General Jan Dodonna, and a man who looks very much like Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan.”"
This is just another fantastic connection from the Prequels to the Original Trilogy, that Rogue One will be providing, thanks to the work of director Gareth Edwards and his team. I’ve got to say, for me personally, I am more exited for this film, than I was about The Force Awakens…and I was insanely amped for that film.
For now, it appears as if Disney/Lucasfilm has chosen the right man to helm the very first standalone Star Wars film. From the very few looks we have at the film — the first teaser trailer, the Celebration Reel, and the 1st TV spot with no new footage — Gareth Edwards seems likes he’s a true fan of Star Wars, who actually gets it. And that, my friends, makes me happier than you can ever know. December 16, and Rogue One, can’t get here fast enough.