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“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is the first Star Wars anthology film, and up until this week just a teaser trailer has been released. In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, newly revealed character pictures, descriptions, and plot details are featured. And in additional big news that has lots of fans talking, written right across the cover “Darth Vader is Back!”
The plot, as described by Entertainment Weekly, takes place right before the events of “Star Wars: A New Hope”:
“Before Luke fired the blast that detonated the Death Star, before Leia launched R2-D2 to a remote desert world with secret plans for that battle station, someone had to locate and steal those schematics.
Turns out, it was a team effort.
In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, we bring you an inside look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which explores just how the Rebellion came to possess the information that revealed the fatal flaw in the Empire’s super weapon. It’s a battlefield heist that fans have been imagining for nearly 40 years, described in the opening crawl of 1977’s original Star Wars, with little details scattered throughout.”
Felicity Jones plays main character Jyn Erso, who has been living on her since she was 15. She has a rough past, but is desired by the Rebel Alliance due to her fighting skills and knowledge of the Galactic Empire.
Diego Luna portrays Captain Cassian Andor, who is working to help train Erso as a new, rough-around-the-edges Rebel Alliance recruit. Kiri Hart, chief of story development at Lucasfilm describes: “He conveys a fair amount of experience and the reality of what it’s like to do thisevery day, to try to figure out how to resist the Empire effectively and intelligently.”
Donnie Yen plays the devoted ally to the Rebel Alliance Cirrut Imwe. Although blind, he is still a great warrior. Lucasfilm president and “Rogue One” producer Kathleen Kennedy said about this unique character: “Chirrut falls into the category of being a warrior monk.He very much still believes in everything the Jedi were about.”
The character Baze Malbus, played by actor Jiang Wen, is a devoted friend of Chirrut who is very protective of him. Kennedy said, “He understands Chirrut’s spiritual centeredness, but he doesn’t necessarily support it.”
Riz Ahmed plays the Rebel Alliance’s hot-headed lead pilot Bodhi Rook. Although a bit short tempered, but has excellent technical skills when it comes to piloting.
Alan Tudyk has been in many Disney films as of late (Duke Weaselton in “Zootopia”, Duke of Weselton in “Frozen”, to name a few). Tudyk will make another return as character K-2SO, a droid in which director Gareth Edwards described as “the antithesis of C-3PO,” and “Kaytoo is a little bit like Chewbacca’s personality in a droid’s body.”
Actor Mads Mikkelsen plays Galen Erso, the estranged father of Jones’ character Jyn Erso. As of now, the appearance of the character as well as why he has been separated from Jyn remains under wraps by Lucasfilm. Hart described Galen: “He’s one of those people that has insight into you know specific aspects of just how the universe works.”
Ben Mendelson plays Director Orson Krennic, a villain who commands a squad of Deathtroopers set out to destroy the Rebel uprising. Krennic wants to be in Emperor Palpatine’s graces, even if it means needing to sabotage Darth Vader to move above him in the ranks.
Actor Forest Whitaker plays Saw Gerrera, a character fans have seen on “The Clone Wars”. He has a rich history with Vader, having fought alongside him when he was Jedi Anakin Skywalker.
We will be sure to be on the lookout for the latest “Rogue One” news. In case you missed it, you can check out the latest trailer below:
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” comes to theaters December 16, 2016.