Jimmy Smits Returns to Star Wars in Rogue One
Via Entertainment Weekly:
Star Wars fans will get another look at Leia’s adoptive father, Bail Organa, in Rogue One.
Jimmy Smits, who made his franchise debut in Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones, sheepishly confirmed his minor involvement in the upcoming Star Wars standalone story.
CBS’s The Talk presented Smits with a screenshot from the Rogue One sizzle reel that debuted at last month’s Star Wars Celebration in London. Hosts asked if the man who resembled Smits in fact was him. He first resisted with a few denials before conceding. “People got nothing better to do!” he joked. “There’s stuff going on in the world!”
When pressed for specifics, Smits played coy before revealing a little more. “Can you say the word, ‘cameo?’” he smiled. “Can you say the words, ‘small part?’”
Bail Organa has limited screen time in Episode II and III but steps up at the end of the latter to adopt one of Padmé Amidala’s twins — Leia Skywalker. (Luke was taken by Obi-Wan Kenobi to live with Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru on Tatooine.)
Rogue One is set well after the events of Revenge of the Sith and close to the beginning of Episode IV — A New Hope, tracking the team that steals the plans to the Empire’s Death Star.
Smits’ casting has not been announced by Disney; the studio declined to comment. Smits’ reps did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.
Rogue One opens Dec. 16.