First Look at Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso in STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE
During the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story presentation at Star Wars Celebration yesterday, Lucasfilm offered fans their first look at Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso in the film. You can see that image of him above.
Galen is the father of Felicity Jones' Jyn Erso. The actor didn't reveal too much more about his character, but there have been rumors in the past he will have direct ties to the Empire, and may even have had a hand in building the Death Star. It was previously explained:
Mads Mikkelsen (Galen appears to be his name in the film) is kind of the key to the film in a way. He is a scientist that took over the Geonosian Death Star project. He solved several of the flaws the Empire could not and is sort of a revered person in the Empire for his contributions. However, Mikkelsen’s character is a Robert Oppenheimer-type character. Oppenheimer helped design the atomic bomb only to say, “Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” The guilt “Galen” feels for his contributions to the Empire become too much and he defects, attempting to make things right. In order to do this, he enlists the help of his only daughter….
I guess we'll find out if these rumors are true or not when the movie is released on December 16th, 2016.