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First look at cast of Star Wars: Rogue One plus new cast & story details!

08.15.2015

We’ve heard a few nuggets of info from the first STAR WARS spinoff film STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE, including a short teaser during Star Wars Celebration, but today we got our first look at the cast of the film…in full costume! Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen (Mads!), Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk (who will play a mo-cap character), and Riz Ahmed are featured in the new film (some of which are seen in the photo below). 

ROGUE ONE “tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star” and is said to be a grittier take on the Star Wars universe, with GODZILLA director Gareth Edwards at the helm.

Kathleen Kennedy had this to say about the story:

“Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe. It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. Gareth is such an innovative director and I’m so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he’s selected for ‘Rogue One.’”

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

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12:39AM on 08/18/2015

If nothing else,

that is a spectacular cast. Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen (Mads!), Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk ... that's some serious talent right there. I hope the film is as good, and that Donnie Yen busts out his kung fu moves at some point.
that is a spectacular cast. Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen (Mads!), Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk ... that's some serious talent right there. I hope the film is as good, and that Donnie Yen busts out his kung fu moves at some point.
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5:37AM on 08/17/2015
Where are the Bothans? or did they already die?
Where are the Bothans? or did they already die?
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10:12AM on 08/17/2015
The Bothans stole the plans for the second Death Star, set around RETURN OF THE JEDI.
The Bothans stole the plans for the second Death Star, set around RETURN OF THE JEDI.
1:59PM on 08/16/2015
So I'm excited to see Donnie Yen and Mads Mikkelsen in the film and have hope it is going to be great, but I'm a little skeptical of the 'vanilla' of the cast. I mean in this age of make-up and special effects, can we not get a Twi'lek or a Togruta as part of the main cast? I know the Empire is anti-alien but it is sad that out of six films a Wookie is the only alien to make a consistent appearance as a main cast member.
So I'm excited to see Donnie Yen and Mads Mikkelsen in the film and have hope it is going to be great, but I'm a little skeptical of the 'vanilla' of the cast. I mean in this age of make-up and special effects, can we not get a Twi'lek or a Togruta as part of the main cast? I know the Empire is anti-alien but it is sad that out of six films a Wookie is the only alien to make a consistent appearance as a main cast member.
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11:35PM on 08/15/2015

Adventures in feminist boorishness

Looks like a production still from SG-1.
Looks like a production still from SG-1.
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12:22PM on 08/16/2015
Because there is a female lead? lol
Because there is a female lead? lol
3:30PM on 08/16/2015
Yeah man, women are the WORST. Where do they get off thinking they can be leads in sci-fi films? SMH
Yeah man, women are the WORST. Where do they get off thinking they can be leads in sci-fi films? SMH
4:40PM on 08/16/2015
LOL you're mad it has a woman who can bark orders and wield a blaster? So when Leia sniped that AT-ST commander in Return of the Jedi I assume you pissed yourself in shame?
LOL you're mad it has a woman who can bark orders and wield a blaster? So when Leia sniped that AT-ST commander in Return of the Jedi I assume you pissed yourself in shame?
5:36PM on 08/16/2015
Out of all of the women I've ever known, not one of them could be bothered to read the history of warfare, brush up on strategies and/or tactics, or could even be bothered with watching a simple hour long documentary on Discovery. And yet we're expected to believe that this chick with Oil of Olay skin has the strategic smarts to lead a squadron of fighters into battle? Come on.

And let's be perfectly honest here; women's interest in Star Wars is primarily with the costumes and
Out of all of the women I've ever known, not one of them could be bothered to read the history of warfare, brush up on strategies and/or tactics, or could even be bothered with watching a simple hour long documentary on Discovery. And yet we're expected to believe that this chick with Oil of Olay skin has the strategic smarts to lead a squadron of fighters into battle? Come on.

And let's be perfectly honest here; women's interest in Star Wars is primarily with the costumes and cosplay.

Entertaining female empowerment fantasies may make for a trendier movie, but it won't make for a trilogy that can stand the test of 4 decades and three lackluster prequels. It'll be forgettable Hunger Games silliness.
1:06AM on 08/17/2015
Wow...

Moat Man I mean this as kindly as possible.

FUCK. YOU.
Wow...

Moat Man I mean this as kindly as possible.

FUCK. YOU.
1:49AM on 08/17/2015
Wow. Did you develop this irrational fear/hatred of women the day you learned your mother was one?
Wow. Did you develop this irrational fear/hatred of women the day you learned your mother was one?
8:40AM on 08/17/2015
I just had to post how ludicris this post is, its kinda comical and sad at the same time.
I just had to post how ludicris this post is, its kinda comical and sad at the same time.
7:21PM on 08/17/2015
Well first of all, some of you apparently need to learn the definitions of the words you're typing out.

Fear/hatred has nothing to do with anything here.

You can love women all you like. But loving them doesn't make them brilliant tacticians. If it did, then Marilyn Monroe would have been given George S. Patton's job.

It's about a sense of realism that suspends disbelief in the same manner that the Original Trilogy was capable of doing. Women trying to act like men won't accomplish
Well first of all, some of you apparently need to learn the definitions of the words you're typing out.

Fear/hatred has nothing to do with anything here.

You can love women all you like. But loving them doesn't make them brilliant tacticians. If it did, then Marilyn Monroe would have been given George S. Patton's job.

It's about a sense of realism that suspends disbelief in the same manner that the Original Trilogy was capable of doing. Women trying to act like men won't accomplish this, and the fact that none of you can directly counter my points, and engage only in ad hominem, serves as evidence of this fact.
12:46AM on 08/18/2015
Moat Man I guess you never heard of Joan of Arc... your ignorance is boring.
Moat Man I guess you never heard of Joan of Arc... your ignorance is boring.
12:52AM on 08/18/2015
Oh really? Then perhaps you should read up on legendary female warrior generals like Artemisia of Caria, Fu Hao, Catherine of Aragon,Trung Trac & Trung Nhi, Boudicca, Joan of Arc, Laskarina Bouboulina, Juana Azarduy, Lakshmibai, Yaa Asentaiwaa, and Marina Raskova, among many others.

Or you can repeat your ignorant, misogynistic garbage to Ronda Rousey. We'll watch the ensuing carnage with great interest.
Oh really? Then perhaps you should read up on legendary female warrior generals like Artemisia of Caria, Fu Hao, Catherine of Aragon,Trung Trac & Trung Nhi, Boudicca, Joan of Arc, Laskarina Bouboulina, Juana Azarduy, Lakshmibai, Yaa Asentaiwaa, and Marina Raskova, among many others.

Or you can repeat your ignorant, misogynistic garbage to Ronda Rousey. We'll watch the ensuing carnage with great interest.
11:19AM on 08/18/2015
Yes, yes. [link] Ho-hum.

These sorts of lists can be found just about anywhere. And some of them are questionable with regards to whether the figures in them are historical or merely legend. But the primary problem you're having here is that the reason these lists needed to be compiled is that they're the exception, not the rule.

Additionally, while there certainly are and have been women in combat, the few who have seen combat look like this:

[link]

They're battle hardened
Yes, yes. [link] Ho-hum.

These sorts of lists can be found just about anywhere. And some of them are questionable with regards to whether the figures in them are historical or merely legend. But the primary problem you're having here is that the reason these lists needed to be compiled is that they're the exception, not the rule.

Additionally, while there certainly are and have been women in combat, the few who have seen combat look like this:

[link]

They're battle hardened and genuinely tough. So Gwendolyne Stacy makes the cut. What they don't look like however, is waifish Cosmopolitan models striking a pose to show you that women can just as gosh darned whatever as men can be.

So misogyny has nothing to do with anything here. Again, you need to learn the definitions of words before you type them out if you don't want to come across as an uneducated moron.

Exit Question: If women can do anything men can do, then why would the Marines need to lower combat standards for women?

[link]

Hum?

So much for ignorance, hey kid?


11:25AM on 08/18/2015
Tell you what tough guys, try this test.

Sit down with your girlfriend, and watch some episodes of History Channel's Dogfights.

If she starts perusing social media on her smart phone, files her nails, or starts snoring, you lose.
Tell you what tough guys, try this test.

Sit down with your girlfriend, and watch some episodes of History Channel's Dogfights.

If she starts perusing social media on her smart phone, files her nails, or starts snoring, you lose.
12:54PM on 08/18/2015
"Out of all of the women I've ever known, not one of them could be bothered to read the history of warfare, brush up on strategies and/or tactics, or could even be bothered with watching a simple hour long documentary on Discovery. And yet we're expected to believe that this chick with Oil of Olay skin has the strategic smarts to lead a squadron of fighters into battle? Come on.

And let's be perfectly honest here; women's interest in Star Wars is primarily with the costumes and
"Out of all of the women I've ever known, not one of them could be bothered to read the history of warfare, brush up on strategies and/or tactics, or could even be bothered with watching a simple hour long documentary on Discovery. And yet we're expected to believe that this chick with Oil of Olay skin has the strategic smarts to lead a squadron of fighters into battle? Come on.

And let's be perfectly honest here; women's interest in Star Wars is primarily with the costumes and cosplay."

That right there is textbook misogyny. Get out of the closet, you're running out of oxygen.
4:52PM on 08/18/2015
So your argument is that since your own girlfriend doesn't like Star Wars and wouldn't be a good battlefield general that all women must be this way? Okay, got it. Makes tons of sense. Just a tip, perhaps you should look beyond your own personal experience before you paint half the world's population with your special misogynistic brush.
So your argument is that since your own girlfriend doesn't like Star Wars and wouldn't be a good battlefield general that all women must be this way? Okay, got it. Makes tons of sense. Just a tip, perhaps you should look beyond your own personal experience before you paint half the world's population with your special misogynistic brush.
6:51PM on 08/18/2015
@Stratburst

Actually hating women, and having a realistic critical perception of women, are two entirely different and separate things.

THIS is misogyny: [link]

So get a grip, and invest in a dictionary.
@Stratburst

Actually hating women, and having a realistic critical perception of women, are two entirely different and separate things.

THIS is misogyny: [link]

So get a grip, and invest in a dictionary.
6:54PM on 08/18/2015
@Wilka26

No. That's not at all my argument.

Rather, that's the argument that you wish I had made, and have manufactured so that you could make your ignorant counterpoint in response to it.

If you want to be taken seriously, you're going to have to respond to what people have actually written, as opposed to what you wish they had written. That too, is a tip.
@Wilka26

No. That's not at all my argument.

Rather, that's the argument that you wish I had made, and have manufactured so that you could make your ignorant counterpoint in response to it.

If you want to be taken seriously, you're going to have to respond to what people have actually written, as opposed to what you wish they had written. That too, is a tip.
10:33PM on 08/15/2015
Donnie Yen is in this movie. That alone makes this movie worth waiting for.
Donnie Yen is in this movie. That alone makes this movie worth waiting for.
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9:59PM on 08/15/2015
This looks absolutely awesome. Love the darker, grittier style and the storyline is a nice change of pace from the other Star Wars films we have seen in the past and the upcoming.

And Ben Mendelsohn alone starring in this as a possible villain is worth the admission alone.
This looks absolutely awesome. Love the darker, grittier style and the storyline is a nice change of pace from the other Star Wars films we have seen in the past and the upcoming.

And Ben Mendelsohn alone starring in this as a possible villain is worth the admission alone.
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9:44PM on 08/15/2015
3 reasons to watch this for me: Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Donnie Yen!
3 reasons to watch this for me: Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Donnie Yen!
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7:47PM on 08/15/2015
I am so excited for Donnie Yen. He is long over due.
I am so excited for Donnie Yen. He is long over due.
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7:22PM on 08/15/2015

NO Bothan's were harmed in (the subject matter pertaining to) the making of this motion picture

...yet.
...yet.
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6:26PM on 08/15/2015
This is the side story I am most interested in. How they stole the plans to the death star, awesome! Plus this is the first I have heard that Donnie Yen and Mads Mikkelsen were in this, fantastic!
This is the side story I am most interested in. How they stole the plans to the death star, awesome! Plus this is the first I have heard that Donnie Yen and Mads Mikkelsen were in this, fantastic!
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6:24PM on 08/15/2015
When there's Donnie Yen, I'm there in a heartbeat.
When there's Donnie Yen, I'm there in a heartbeat.
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5:38PM on 08/15/2015

meh...

I don't like side stories that take place before the main events of the series of anything... not feeling this one yet.
I don't like side stories that take place before the main events of the series of anything... not feeling this one yet.
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5:15PM on 08/15/2015
A star wars without jedi and lightsabres ? ...ill pass thanks....to each his own of course but star wars to me has always been about the force , jedi and their friends
A star wars without jedi and lightsabres ? ...ill pass thanks....to each his own of course but star wars to me has always been about the force , jedi and their friends
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5:30PM on 08/15/2015
guess you've never really understood Star Wars
guess you've never really understood Star Wars
3:23PM on 08/16/2015
I guess that was George Lucas' problem. He didn't really understand Star Wars.
I guess that was George Lucas' problem. He didn't really understand Star Wars.
4:52PM on 08/15/2015

Sold.

Looks Star Wars like enough for me.
Looks Star Wars like enough for me.
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4:38PM on 08/15/2015

Uh oh...

It's like a space version of United Nations. Thick Chinese and Latino accents are the new British. Don't know how I feel about all these very Earth-like variations of humanoid communication.
Weird thing to nit-pick, but I wanna be submerged in Star Wars, the illusion remaining consistent.
Am I alone on this?
It's like a space version of United Nations. Thick Chinese and Latino accents are the new British. Don't know how I feel about all these very Earth-like variations of humanoid communication.
Weird thing to nit-pick, but I wanna be submerged in Star Wars, the illusion remaining consistent.
Am I alone on this?
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4:42PM on 08/15/2015
yes
yes
6:16PM on 08/15/2015
What are you even talking about?
What are you even talking about?
10:36PM on 08/15/2015
t's not just a weird thing to nit-pick, it's also kind of racist.
t's not just a weird thing to nit-pick, it's also kind of racist.
3:29PM on 08/16/2015
No, unfortunately you are probably not alone in your not-so-veiled racism
No, unfortunately you are probably not alone in your not-so-veiled racism
5:39AM on 08/17/2015
LOL you call him racist because he wants aliens in a Star Wars movie. God this political correctness has gone way too far.
LOL you call him racist because he wants aliens in a Star Wars movie. God this political correctness has gone way too far.
12:20PM on 08/17/2015
Ummm no Common Sense Man, we call him racist because he doesn't want Asians or Hispanics in Star Wars. Brush up on your reading comprehension.
Ummm no Common Sense Man, we call him racist because he doesn't want Asians or Hispanics in Star Wars. Brush up on your reading comprehension.
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