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Entertainment Weekly releases a complete rundown of Rogue One characters

06.22.2016

Earlier today we got a good look at Entertainment Weekly's cover featuring some ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY goodies. This, my friends, is the mother lode. Entertainment Weekly has now revealed a complete character rundown giving us some juicy details and quotes about our group of heroes (and a villain). Of course, you can head here to check out the gallery, most of which I've included below. They also have a complete write-up for Forest Whitaker's character who Clone Wars fans might find familiar . . . Check it out!

Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones)

A streetwise delinquent who has been on her own since 15, she has fighting skills and a knowledge of the galactic underworld that the Rebel Alliance desperately needs. “She’s got a checkered past,” says Lucasfilm president and Rogue One producer Kathleen Kennedy. “She has been detained [by the Rebellion] and is being given an opportunity to be useful. And by being useful, it may commute her sentence… She’s a real survivor. She becomes a kind of Joan of Arc in the story.”

Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna)

Andor is a by-the-book Rebel intelligence officer, brought in to steady the volatile Erso, but he’s no square. He’s committed, steady, and practical, and has seen more than his share of combat. “He conveys a fair amount of experience and the reality of what it’s like to do this every day, to try to figure out how to resist the Empire effectively and intelligently,” says Kiri Hart, Lucasfilm’s chief of story development. “It’s not easy.”

Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen)

Pronounced chi-RUT, he’s no Jedi, but he’s devoted to their ways and has used his spirituality to overcome his blindness and become a formidable warrior. “Chirrut falls into the category of being a warrior monk,” says Kennedy. “He very much still believes in everything the Jedi were about.” He maintains that belief even though the Jedi are no longer there to protect the galaxy. As director Gareth Edwards puts it: "This idea that magical beings are going to come and save us is going away, and it’s up to normal, everyday people to take a stand to stop evil from dominating the world.”

Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen)

Heavily armored, Baze prefers a blaster to hokey religions and ancient weapons, but he is devoted to protecting his friend Chirrut at all costs. “He understands Chirrut’s spiritual centeredness, but he doesn’t necessarily support it,” Kennedy says. Baze goes along with this Force business because “it’s what his friend deeply believes,” she adds. Think of them as a little like the galactic version of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed)

Bodhi is this Rebel squad’s lead pilot. He tends to be hot-headed, but any abrasiveness is overshadowed by his skills in the air — and the void of space. “He flies a lot of cargo, one of his key jobs,” Kennedy says. “And he tends to be a little tense, a little volatile, but everybody in the group really relies on his technical skills.”

K-2SO (Alan Tudyk)

This towering, powerful security droid is described by Edwards as “the antithesis of C-3PO.” In other words, he’s tough, confident, not especially interested in "human/cyborg relations," and the complete opposite of a neurotic fussbudget. “Kaytoo is a little bit like Chewbacca's personality in a droid’s body,” Edwards says. “He doesn’t give a s--- about what you think. He doesn't fully check himself before he says things and does things. He just speaks the truth.” Like Jyn, he’s also seeking a bit of redemption for past wrongs. Droids, too, can have regret.

Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen)

Jyn’s estranged father is like the galactic version of nuclear pioneer J. Robert Oppenheimer, with doomsday knowledge that is sought by both the Empire and the Rebellion. “He’s one of those people that has insight into you know specific aspects of just how the universe works,” says Hart. Where has Galen been, if Jyn has been on her own for years? “The circumstances of how the family got to the state that it’s in is something that we probably don’t want to share right now,” Hart says. (Lucasfilm isn't revealing his image yet, so this is file picture. Don't worry -- the button-down isn't retro galactic fashion.)

Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn)

On the opposing side, this villain is an ambitious Imperial apparatchik who intends to use his squad of Deathtroopers to pulverize the Rebel uprising and ascend into the Emperor’s graces – while hopefully avoiding the wrath of his enforcer, Darth Vader. “The bad guy is a lot more terrifying when he’s really smart, and really effective,” says Knoll. “There is a lot of palace intrigue going on in the Empire, with people conspiring to move up the ranks and sabotaging each other. There’s not a lot of loyalty there.”

Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker)

This character has a past that Star Wars completists will recognize immediately when they see his name, even if he looks very different than the way they've seen him elsewhere (in season 5 of the Clone Wars cartoon). “Consider him kind of a battered veteran who leads a band of Rebel extremists,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy tells EW. “He’s on the fringe of the Rebel Alliance. Even [they] are a little concerned about him.”

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY hits theaters on December 16, 2016.

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8:50AM on 06/23/2016
Looking forward to a rundown on them rest of the Blade II 'Blood Pack' surfacing... We can only hope for a Polynesian with tattoos and a giant hammer
Looking forward to a rundown on them rest of the Blade II 'Blood Pack' surfacing... We can only hope for a Polynesian with tattoos and a giant hammer
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8:05PM on 06/22/2016
On the plus side, these all sound like some pretty entertaining characters. On the minus side, I think this may have worked better as a TV show
On the plus side, these all sound like some pretty entertaining characters. On the minus side, I think this may have worked better as a TV show
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6:21PM on 06/22/2016
This thing looks more and more tedious with every press release. lol
This thing looks more and more tedious with every press release. lol
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6:08PM on 06/22/2016
I know Vader is going to be in this. I wonder if they will have Grand Moff Tarkin as well. It seems he would fit into this film, but hard to imagine someone taking the role from Peter Cushing.
I know Vader is going to be in this. I wonder if they will have Grand Moff Tarkin as well. It seems he would fit into this film, but hard to imagine someone taking the role from Peter Cushing.
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8:05PM on 06/22/2016
No lie, they're literally just going to have Peter Cushing in the movie. Probably in hologram form so they can assemble his performance together from past footage more easily
No lie, they're literally just going to have Peter Cushing in the movie. Probably in hologram form so they can assemble his performance together from past footage more easily
5:37PM on 06/22/2016

Diversity

Glad they reached all their quotas. Even handicapped folks are represented. Trendy.
Glad they reached all their quotas. Even handicapped folks are represented. Trendy.
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8:09PM on 06/22/2016
Oh no. Oh poo. They forgot to cover the petulant redneck quota. Don't worry maybe Herr Trump will one day Make Star Wars Great Again for you and the rest of your Klan buddies.
Oh no. Oh poo. They forgot to cover the petulant redneck quota. Don't worry maybe Herr Trump will one day Make Star Wars Great Again for you and the rest of your Klan buddies.
9:10PM on 06/22/2016
@AldoTheeApache Actually, Nazis were leftist socialists and the Democratic Party founded the Ku Klux Klan as the terrorist arm of their party.

Kind of sucks to be you, doesn't it?
@AldoTheeApache Actually, Nazis were leftist socialists and the Democratic Party founded the Ku Klux Klan as the terrorist arm of their party.

Kind of sucks to be you, doesn't it?
5:16PM on 06/23/2016
After Barry Goldwater, it doesn't matter who FOUNDED the KKK, Moat Man, they still changed sides. And made Trump their candidate. This is true, whether or not he's as bad as the hyperbole makes him sound.
After Barry Goldwater, it doesn't matter who FOUNDED the KKK, Moat Man, they still changed sides. And made Trump their candidate. This is true, whether or not he's as bad as the hyperbole makes him sound.
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