The cast for the first “Star Wars Anthology” instalment is building up, with Diego Luna being tipped as the male lead, opposite Felicity Jones.

Prolific in his native Mexico, Luna is best known to US/UK audiences for his role in Alfonso Cuarón’s Y tu mamá también and for playing Harvey Milk’s lover in the Gus Van Sant biopic Milk. More recently, he was the lead voice actor in last year’s charming animation The Book of Life.

Further to Luna’s casting is the continued talks of Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn taking the lead villain role. With shooting due to begin in June, the cast is likely to be firmed up before the month is out.

Felicity Jones has already been cast, alongside Riz Ahmed. Godzilla and Monsters filmmaker Gareth Edwards will direct from a script by Chris Weitz (Cinderella) – a previous draft was completed by Gary Whitta. Visual effects supervisor John Knoll came up with the story.

Rogue One is due for release on December 16th, 2016.

Source: Variety