Mikkelsen has previous called Galen the guiltiest man in the universe, so his performance has the potential to be emotionally-wrenching and captivating. The actor is best-known for playing intimidating villains in blockbusters such as Casino Royale and Doctor Strange, meaning Rogue One should be a refreshing change-of-pace for Mikkelsen as he portrays a more sympathetic figure. As stated earlier, Catalyst did a great job of fleshing the character out, revealing how Galen was duped and betrayed by Krennic. Galen thought his research on kyber crystals was being used to deliver renewable energy to the galaxy, but the Empire went behind Erso’s back and based the Death Star’s turbo laser on his findings.
Star Wars has long relied on stories of a parent and their offspring to serve as the heart of the films, dating back to Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader all the way through to Han Solo and Kylo Ren last year. Rogue One is doing things a bit differently from the earlier installments, but some series tropes are too good to pass up. In order for the anthology film to connect with audiences, there has to be a relatable reason to care about the characters, and director Gareth Edwards seems to have nailed that aspect with Galen and the hopeful redemption of the Erso family.