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Star Wars: Rogue One creators reportedly eyeing Nightcrawler actor Riz Ahmed for lead

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Actor Riz Ahmed is currently pegged as the first choice for the leading male role in the upcoming Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, Variety reports.

If cast in the part, Ahmed will join actress Felicity Jones as a rebel soldier. His past films include Nightcrawler, Four Lions and The Road to Guantanamo.

Rogue One, set to hit theaters in December of next year, is the first in a series of separate Star Wars films that will focus on characters "beyond the core Star Wars saga." Rogue One takes place between Episodes 3 and 4 of Star Wars and follows a band of resistance fighters on a mission to steal plans for the Death Star.

For more Star Wars news, check out our StoryStream from Star Wars Celebration, which took place earlier this month.