The Characters of Rogue One

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

Deathtroopers

Death troopers were an elite variant of the Galactic Empire’s stormtrooper that were a part of the Empire’s Military Intelligence which focused on issues regarding the Imperial Navy. They wore black suits of armor. A squad of death troopers served under Director Orson Krennic’s command, wielded as his personal weapon against the Rebel Alliance. They were sometimes assigned to protect other high ranking personnel and were also present for the theft of the Death Star plans at the beginning of the Galactic Civil War. Death troopers were known to wield blaster rifles similar to the E-11, blaster pistols similar to the SE-14C, and long-range blaster rifles similar to the DLT-19 heavy blaster rifle.

Shoretroopers

Shoretroopers were a specialized variant of the Galactic Empire’s stormtroopers trained and equipped for combat in tropical environments. Stationed at the top secret Imperial military headquarters on the tropical planet Scarif, shoretroopers patrolled the beaches and bunkers of the facility.

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The Ultimate Guide to Rogue One

It’s nearly 40 years after the first Star Wars movie entranced us around the world, now comes Rogue One, the franchise’s first spinoff film, and to celebrate the arrival of this new chapter, Entertainment Weekly’s editors bring us a collector’s edition that takes you deep inside the universe of Rogue One. With new photos from the film, interviews with cast members and creators, and an introduction to new characters played by Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelson and more.

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The 96-page guide is packed with rarely seen photos of production, and includes a timeline to understand the history of the entire Star Wars saga. The Contents Page also give the first official confirmation that Jimmy Smits is back as Bail Organa, it reads like this:

    • A Childhood Dream, Realised
      Foreword by Gareth Edwards
    • All about Rogue One
    • Going Rogue
      Inside the first Star Wars spinoff film
    • ‘It feels Like You’re at Home Again, Like You’re a Child’ 
      Behind the scenes
    • A Long Time Ago…
      The Star Wars timeline
    • Rebels with a Cause
      Meet the characters and cast
    • Smile! It’s Star Wars
      Star Wars Celebration 2016
    • No Jedi? No Problem
      Why a movie without Skywalkers makes sense
    • Mighty Mon Mothma
      Interviews with Genevieve O’Reilly and Caroline Blakiston
    • She Speaks! Star Wars’ Tricky History with Women
    • The Bail is Back in Town
      An interview with Jimmy Smits
    • Dressed to Rebel
      The costumes of Rogue One
    • Beasts and Bots
      New creatures and droids
    • The Star Wars Universe
    • A Galaxy Far, Far Away…
      Cosmic cartography
    • Twisted & Evil
      Darth Vader, villain of villains
    • Supply and Demand: The Star Wars Story
    • Till Death Star Do Us Part
      Deep inside the orb of evil
    • The Empire’s Army
      Evolution of the Stormtrooper
    • The ABCs of Starships
      Know your U-wing from your X-wing
    • Can Rogue One Make Us Rethink the Prequels?
    • Star Wars by the Numbers

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