Anaheim's D23 expo has brought big news on the Walt Disney media front this weekend. Buried among the many announcements, which include new Marvel, Star Wars, and Avatar themed worlds at Disney parks, we also saw this interesting tidbit: Riz Ahmed has been cast in the upcoming standalone Star Wars Anthology film which has been retitled Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Ahmed records his music as Riz MC and has a collaborative project, Halflife, with dubstep producer Distance. He also starred in Nightcrawler, where he played Rick, sidekick and employee of Jake Gyllenhall's Louis.
Riz Ahmed as Rick in
The other Rogue One cast members that were announced yesterday include The Theory of Everything's Felicity Jones, Milk and Elysium's Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, and Forest Whitaker. Gareth Edwards, acclaimed for the rebooted Godzilla, has been confirmed as director with Kathleen Kennedy producing.
Check out the video for “Subtle”, the lead track from Halflife's recent EP:
Update 12:02 pm: Literally a minute after I posted this article, Halflife released a new song on Soundcloud. What a coincidence!