Rogue One: A Star Wars Story sits at a point in the Star Wars timeline where it’s prime for some iconic character cameos. The film’s first trailer already revealed the return of Mon Mothma, and Darth Vader has also been confirmed to have a small (but significant) role in the film, and many speculated based off a brief glimpse from the Celebration Sizzle Reel that Bail Organa would also be making an appearance.
Bail comes from the Prequels, the adoptive father of Princess Leia and one of the primary founders of the Rebellion against the Empire. Today, Jimmy Smits, the actor who portrays the character in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, confirmed he has a cameo in this year’s upcoming Rogue One! The actor himself confirmed the information on The Talk:
“Can you say the word cameo?” he said laughing. “Can you say the words small part?”
It’s a small role, obviously, but a neat connection to the Star Wars Prequels, and larger Star Wars lore. I’m pretty excited for it as he was one of the coolest parts of the previous trilogy. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16, 2016.