When we learned Mad Mikkelsen (Hannibal, Casino Royal) had joined the cast of Gareth Edwards' Star Wars: Rogue One, a lot of fans assumed he would be taking on a villainous role. That makes sense because he does make a great villain. As it turns out, though, that isn't the case at all.
The actor did an interview with the local newspaper Ekstra Bladet and revealed a few bits of new information about his character. He said that it a very important role to the franchise and that his character is not actually a bad guy. Here's how the Q&A went down (thanks to StarWars7news, who used Google Translate to for the translation):
Q: On IMDB your name is listed just after Felicity Jones. It suggests that it is a great role. Is it a big role?
A: I have not actually noticed that. It is probably because the other might not have come on the list yet [smiles].
Q: But is it a big or a small role?
A: It is a very important role, as much I can say.
Q: Are you the bad guy?
A: No, my character is actually not a bad guy, and then I can not say more.
It was also revealed that the movie will be shot in Iceland and England and that he will spend three months filming his part. In the film, the Rebels set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.
The movie will be released on December 16th, 2016.