Ben Mendelsohn says his ‘Rogue One’ character ‘doesn’t get on with Darth Vader’

New spin-off will open in cinemas next month

Ben Mendelsohnhas opened up about his character in the forthcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Other than the short snippets shown in the film’s recent trailers very little is known about The Bloodline star’s character Orson Krennic, the Empire’s new officer.

His character is the director of the Advanced Weapons Research division of the Imperial Military in the film and he revealed that he often locks horns with Darth Vader.

“It’s fair to say Lord Vader and he aren’t friendly,” Mendelsohn (pictured below right) told Empire.

“Darth is very much about the Force. Krennic is force. Not really down with the whole mystical thing. [Krennic does not come] from the aristocracy of the Empire, if you like. He is truly a man that has made his own way up the chain through his own abilities. His weapon, for instance, is a very old type of blaster, because he’s an old warrior dude. He’s been put in charge of making this thing happen. And it’s gonna get done!”


The eagerly-anticipated spin-off film, which stars Felicity Jones as mercenary Jyn Erso, opens in the UK on December 15. It then hits US screens a day later on December 16.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story also stars Riz Ahmed, Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna. It has been confirmed that the film will end 10 minutes before the original 1977 movie Star Wars: A New Hope begins.

However, it has also been revealed that Rogue One will be the first Star Wars film not to feature the franchise’s iconic “opening crawl”.

Meanwhile, Disney has released a new trailer for the film as the US celebrates Thanksgiving.

Much of the minute-long teaser is familiar from previous trailers and TV spots, but there are flashes of new footage and some funny moments featuring the film’s deadpan droyd, K-2SO. You can watch the trailer above.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first in Disney’s planned “Anthology Series” of spin-off films. The series will continue with the currently untitled Han Solo prequel movie due in 2018.

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