Two years ago, British rapper and actor Riz Ahmed caught everyone’s attention with his fantastic supporting role in Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Afterwards he landed a role in Jason Bourne and also appeared in 2010’s Centurion with Michael Fassbender. Now he’s preparing to be a part of something bigger: the Star Wars universe. Ahmed has a role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and recently spoke about how detailed the new film is.
“The level of attention to detail and care that goes into building that world is just unbelievable. All the set designers, the costume designers, the world they create is so detailed you would not believe it,” Ahmed said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly this week. “You pick up any random prop and it’s got a touch screen with buttons and alien writing on it and you’re just like, ‘Wow, I‘ve got to up my game.’ I stole so many props… just check [on] eBay.”
For Star Wars fans, this shouldn’t be a surprise at all, but it’s nice to know Disney is treating the spin-off films with just as much care as the main episodes. Every Star Wars film has been incredibly detailed, from well-built weapons to interesting background aliens. J.J. Abrams kept the tradition alive for The Force Awakens, and it seems Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) is doing the same for Rogue One.
The new film follows a band of rebels, lead by Felicity Jones’ character, who steals the plans for the first Death Star before the events of A New Hope. Sure, we know how it ends, but it will still be fun to see how they accomplish the mission. Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen and Forest Whitaker also join in on the fun.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters in the US and the UK on December 16.
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