We’re less than six months out from the release of Disney’s second Star Wars film. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story promises to be a very different animal than The Force Awakens. This is very much a war film, with director Gareth Edwards promising that there would be no Jedi showing up to save the day. The latest details from Lucasfilm back up those claims, and confirms the appearance of Darth Vader.
EW got the latest look in to the up coming spin off, revealing some pretty big details. They teased that Forest Whitaker would play a character who had already appeared in Star Wars canon, sending fan speculation crazy. A few hours later EW said he’s playing Clone Wars warrior Saw Gerrera. He appeared in four episodes of that series, and now he’s set to appear in the first anthology film.
We also got other character names, Diego Luna is playing Captain Cassian Andor. He’ll be looking to steady Felicity Jones’ volatile Jyn Erso. Donnie Yen appears to be playing a character with some connection to the force. While he’s not a Jedi, his character Chirrut Imwe is talked of as a, “warrior monk,” who believes in, “everything the Jedi were about.”
Baze Malbus, played by Jiang Wen, doesn’t have the same beliefs. He’s very much in line with A New Hope’s Han Solo, who prefers blasters to religions. Riz Ahmed is the squad’s hot-headed pilot while Alan Tudyk is Droid K-2SO. Described as, “the antithesis of C-3PO,” he could be a stand out character.
Director Orson Krennic is the big villain, although even he fears Darth Vader. He and his Deathtroopers are charged with wiping out the rebels, as he aims to move up the political ladder. Ben Mendelsohn’s character is described as, “terrifying, smart and effective,” but we don’t see things working out too well for him.
We were given confirmation of Mads Mikkelsen’s character, who is Jyn’s father. Galen Erso is a scientist who has, “doomsday knowledge,” but apparently isn’t that great with kids. He’s left Jyn on her own since she was 15, and their dynamic looks set to play a big part here.
After all that, maybe you’ll look at the trailer in a new light? Here it is again for good measure.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theatres December 16.
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