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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Major 'Rogue One' Character Details Leaked

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's first trailer featured a whole lot of memorable character moments, but Felicity Jones' Jyn Erso was the only one explicitly named. Thanks to Edelweiss, we now have some much-needed details on the characters and vehicles in Rogue One, as well as a confirmation of an anticipated cameo, straight out of the film's official Visual Story Guide which is set to hit bookshelves in January. 
Here's the names and basic descriptions of the film's diverse group of heroes:
  • Jyn Erso is described as a "highly skilled soldier and warrior," which is pretty much the sense that we got from the shots of her kicking serious stormtrooper butt in the trailer. 
  • Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) is a captain of the Rebel Alliance. His brief appearances in the trailer had suggested that, unlike Jyn, he's already working for the Rebels when the film starts. 
  • Baze (Jiang Wen) is a "freelance assassin." Since he's constantly seen carrying a hefty rifle and a mysterious container on his back, he'll most likely be the team's ammunition expert. 
  • K-250 (Alan Tudyk) is an "enforcer droid" that seems to have been reprogrammed by the Rebel Alliance. This is our first good look at the character, and his design certainly appears to be unlike anything seen in Star Wars before. The rest of the team will probably have doubts about working alongside a machine that still has the symbol of their sworn enemy on its arm. 
  • Bodhi (Riz Ahmed) is unfortunately simply described as a "Rebel soldier." His goggles suggest that he'll be the team's token tech expert/engineer. 
  • Pao (actor unknown) is a "fierce warrior." His species is still unknown, but he somewhat resembles a lizardlike Trandoshan, the same species as infamous bounty hunter Bossk. 
  • Chirrut (Donnie Yen) is a "spiritual warrior." The trailer previously established that he would be a blind man still capable of whacking stormtroopers with his trusty cane. Now we can see that he'll also wield a very unique, crossbow-like weapon. "Spiritual warrior" sounds a lot like a Jedi, and that would explain how he can fight so well without seeing his enemies, but it seems like Rogue One is trying to shy away from the ways of the Force.
  • Bistan (actor unknown) is another "fierce warrior" and rounds out the team's alien members. His appearance is something of a cross between the hair and facial features of a Wookiee, and the height of an Ewok. 
And here's the villains that will match these heroes: 
  • Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) is the Director of the Imperial Military, putting him at odds with the group of Rebels. Once again, his dramatic white cape, authoritative pose, and handheld blaster pin him as the type of villain who has a sense of style, yet isn't afraid of getting in the heat of the conflict.
  • The stormtroopers and Death Troopers unfortunately have identical bios, so we still don't know the exact purpose of the Death Squad or how much fear they should be inspiring among the Rebels. 
  • Darth Vader's form is clearly visible in the background, which serves as strong evidence of his much-rumored role in the film – though let's be honest, we all knew he was going to show up. 
Rogue One will obviously feature classic Star Destroyers, TIE Fighters, and X-Wings, but there's also some images and diagrams of some new vehicles we'll see in the film. First is the Rebel U-Wing, which (appropriately) looks like an ancestor of the X-Wing: 
Throughout the Star Wars canon and Expanded Universe, there have been dozens of different TIE-class ships. The Striker is the newest member of the family, sporting sleek dual wings:
Here's a better look at the small Imperial tank first glimpsed in the trailer, as well as the new type of stormtrooper that pilots it: 
Lastly, there's an image of Rogue One's heroes and villains posing side-by-side, with Vader's head curiously placed in the middle. Could this be a sign that there's still some conflict within him regarding his shift to the Dark Side of the Force? Probably not, but this is still the kind of poster that you'd want hanging on your bedroom wall:
Disney has apparently reached out to HitFix regarding this new plethora of images, recognizing that it's an "unauthorized leak" and claiming that it's also incorrect. Although it's certainly true that the banner on the corner of each picture indicates it as unfinished work, we also have to keep in mind that they wouldn't stick anything on a tentative draft of Rogue One's Visual Story Guide unless there were at least some plans or concepts of including it in the film. And of course, it's not like Disney would admit that they messed up and accidentally published accurate, spoiler-y artwork online. 

What do you think of Rogue One's characters? Which one are most excited to see? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all. 

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