The first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was released this morning and it was glorious. The trailer evoked mixed feelings of nostalgia and excitement for new scenes that we're about to see in the upcoming film.
One of the characters who gave fans that dose of nostalgia in the trailer is Mon Mothma, the former senator and leader of the Rebel Alliance who will give the film's protagonist, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), her mission to steal the plans of the Death Star.
However, as most huge Star Wars fans probably already noticed, it isn't the first time that the Mon Mothma actress in the Rogue One trailer has appeared in a Star Wars film.
As Entertainment Weekly points out, that actress is Genevieve O'Reilly. She was supposed to appear as a young senator in Star Wars:Episode III –The Revenge of the Sith, but her scene was cut out from the final version. She appeared later in a deleted scene on the DVD.
The Mon Mothma in 1983's Return of the Jediwas portrayed by Caroline Blakiston.
It's just the perfect timing. O'Reilly, who is now 10 years older, is at the perfect age to play the older Mon Mothma in Rogue One.
It's funny how things tend to work out in the end. This isn't really the absolute end for the Star Wars franchise though. There are still at least 10 more Star Wars films rumored to be in development. In fact, Disney confirmed earlier this year that there's going to be an infinite Star Wars movie franchise.
While O'Reilly's original Mon Mothma scene isn't exactly part of the "canon," it nevertheless feels like Disney's effort in keeping the continuity of the old Star Wars movies with the new ones.
Continuity or not though, Rogue One feels like a great film coming and I can't wait to see it, regardless of whether some fans were upset because the film's protagonist is female.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16.