In an interview with The Talk, Jimmy Smits confirmed that he will be reprising his character Bail Organa, who is known primarily for being Princess Leia’s adoptive father. What will his part be in the grand scheme of the Rogue One script? That hasn’t been explained, however, he made sure to emphasize in the interview that his part in the film will be small. This makes sense considering that his daughter will not be present in the film as far as we know.
We also know that his inclusion in Rogue One makes sense due to the timeline that the film takes place in. As we all are pretty much aware of at this point, Rogue One is taking place chronically between the events of Episode III and Episode IV. For those who have seen the original trilogy, we are all aware of Bail Organa’s fate after he sent Princess Leia off on a mission to retrieve Obi-Wan Kenobi before she ended up getting captured by Darth Vader and his minions. Considering that Rogue One’s plot centers around retrieving the plans to the Death Star, his character’s inclusion also makes sense since he was one of the original founders of the rebellion that will be the primary focus in Rogue One.
Considering his cameo as well as Darth Vader’s cameo, it does draw more questions in terms of where the plot will be going and whether or not there will be more interesting casting choices. Considering that the Star Wars film series has a tendency to bring back actors for different parts (here’s looking at you, Ian McDiarmid), it may not be too much of a stretch to assume that more characters may be joining us in this latest installment to the Star Wars series.
What do you think of this new casting information? What relevance do you think he’ll have to the plot? Tweet me your thoughts at @birdiesrunamok. I’d love to hear your thoughts. The original segment from The Talk interview that Jimmy Smits did is right below. Check it out!