Spoilerphobes beware: Mads Mikkelsen keeps the Rogue One details coming

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After admitting that he’s playing Jyn Erso’s father in Rogue One the other day, Mads Mikkelsen had even more to say to the Evening Standard on Friday. He teases the presence of “iconic characters” – more than Mon Mothma, that is – and a bit more about his interactions with the Jyn character.

Mothma’s trailer appearance was a complete surprise, but there have been plenty of rumors regarding other characters from the original trilogy era showing up.

Video: Mads Mikkelsen spills (some) beans on his Rogue One character

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Mads Mikkelsen told Sky News that his character in Rogue One is the father of Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso.

This does confirm part of an earlier report from (who else) Making Star Wars. Here’s the direct link, but be warned MSW goes into far more detail regarding the plot and his role in it.

A statistical look at The Force Awakens’ fan fiction

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Remember when a respected publication wrote about The Force Awakens fanfic? Well, here’s an intriguing follow-up of sorts: Tumblr user DestinationToast on the Archive of Our Own stats for the fandom.

Archive of Our Own (aka AO3) is arguably the most important fan fiction archive for general fandom. This isn’t a complete picture of Star Wars fan fiction, as Star Wars has always been a bit of an outlier to overall fandom trends, but The Force Awakens is the first major Star Wars film to come out since AO3 launched in 2008. Toast does look briefly at the numbers for old standby Fanfiction.Net (FFN,) plus relative newcomers Tumblr and Wattpad.

Another major outlet for Star Wars fic is TheForce.Net’s Jedi Council boards, but no doubt the message board format makes these sort of things much harder to track. I do hope that authors on the JC have gotten better about double-posting their works to FFN or AO3… A lot of fics were all but lost when TFN migrated their boards to a new system several years back, causing posts of length (aka mostly fanfic) to be truncated beyond readability.

Episode VIII director Rian Johnson had input on Bloodline (and other teases for Claudia Gray’s novel)

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Lucasfilm senior editor Jennifer Heddle writes about Claudia Gray’s Bloodline on StarWars.com, teasing eight reasons why fans will want to read it. Among them: “Some of the story ideas and elements in this novel came straight from Rian Johnson, director of the forthcoming Episode VIII.”

Bloodline is out in hardcover and eBook on May 3.

Mark Hamill will be at Celebration Europe, being auctioned off for charity


tfa-hamillTo the surprise of no one, Mark Hamill will be a guest at this summer’s Celebration Europe in London, Reed announced this morning on the official Celebration site. There’s also a Force for Change element, where one fan will win a chance to hang out with Mark in London during the con.