'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'
Star Wars: Rogue One. Left to Right: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen. Lucasfilm 2016/ Jonathan Olley

Director Gareth Edwards seems to have dropped a major hint about a big cameo in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” He dropped the name while trying to explain the internal power struggle in the ranks of the Empire, and what is at stake for the main villain Director Orson Krennic.

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In an interview with USA Today, Edwards recalled a conversation he had with Ben Mendelsohn (Director Orson Krennic) about his character. Given that the main villains in the original trilogy were “upper class types,” the actor was wondering if he should adopt a “very posh English accent.” However, the director wanted the new villain to be different from the ones previously seen in the franchise.

Edwards explained that Krennic was never a member of the “boys club” in the Empire. He is more of a “working-class” person who rose through the ranks due to his ideas and personality. But, despite his abilities the villain has hit a brick-wall when it comes to rising any higher.

So, the situation in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is one of confrontation. On one side is Krennic and on the other side is Grand Moff Tarkin and the others. This makes it crucial for Mendelsohn’s character to succeed with the Death Star project, for which he is in charge.

This appears to confirm the fan theory about Tarkin’s cameo in the movie. Fans have been speculating about the character’s return after one of the scenes in the trailer of the movie showed an important character from the back walking up to Krennic and the other officers of the Empire.

Will Tarkin make a cameo appearance in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”? The appearance of the character is necessary to connect the storyline in the original trilogy, in which the Grand Moff was in charge of the Death Star.