Nightcrawler’s Riz Ahmed Might Star in Star Wars: Rogue One [Updated]

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Variety reports that Riz Ahmed, best known for Nightcrawler, is in talks to play the male lead in Star Wars: Rogue One. At a Star Wars panel held over the last weekend, we learned that the first Star Wars anthology will involve a group of rebel soldiers who plan to steal the Death Star. Felicity Jones has already been cast in a lead role as one of those rebel fighters. And while there are no details yet about his role, Variety says Ahmed will likely play a rebel soldier, too. Ben Mendelsohn will also reportedly play the film's villain. Rogue One is set for 2016.

Update: The Wrap is reporting that The Hunger Games' Sam Claflin is also being discussed for a lead role.