Gareth Edwards is directing the franchise's next side-project and has recruited Sam Claflin, Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and Forest Whitaker for the cast.

Further details about the film have been kept tightly under wraps, but Aris' representatives appear to have let slip that the British actor will also be part of the line-up for Rogue One after listing the movie under his credits on his profile.

He will play a character named Senator Jebel, although no other information about the part has been revealed. The credit has since been removed from his filmography on the website.

Star Wars: Rogue One is scheduled for release in December, 2016, a year after the highly-anticipated Star Wars sequel, Episode VII - The Force Awakens, hits movie theatres at the end of 2015.