Mads Mikkelsen seems to be a favorite over at Disney. Recently, it was announced that he would be playing the big baddie in Marvel Studios' upcoming film, "Doctor Strange," and while we knew that the "Hannibal" star would be gracing his way to a galaxy far, far away, it now seems like we have an idea of who he might play in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story."
An earlier report from Star Wars 7 News confirmed that his character would be an "important one," and that he would not be a villain, but apart from that, details were sparse. Now, Star Wars 7 News is reporting that we now know the name of this mysterious character. When signing a poster, Mikkelsen went the extra mile to write his character's name under the signature.
Take a look at the photo below.
So based on this, the character's name appears to be Galen.
Those who've played the video game "The Force Unleashed" likely recognize the character's name, as he serves as its protagonist. In the game, Galen Marek, who also went under the moniker Starkiller, and was one of the men responsible for the formation of the Rebel Alliance. The character also served as an apprentice to Vader, so it'll be interesting if the "Rogue One" writers are looking to reimagine him in some way.
The name Starkiller is obviously a nod to Luke Skywalker's original name in the "Star Wars: A New Hope" script, though in Disney's new canon, this likely wouldn't fly, as Starkiller is a name that's being used in "The Force Awakens." The minor little inconsistency aside, there's no reason they couldn't use Galen Marek in the film. After all, when Disney took over the "Star Wars" franchise, they made a point to scrape the plate clean. Any video game, book, comic, or whatever that was created before the acquisition would be rendered non-canonical. That being said, Disney is still free to pick and pull whatever details they like for any media in their universe.
Considering "Rogue One" takes place before "A New Hope," it's very possible that the Rebels are in their early stages, potentially being led by Marek, who helped to create the alliance. Of course, this is all just speculation. Just how revealing is this name? We'll have to wait and see.
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" hits theaters on December 16, 2016.