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The New Characters of Rogue One

With Star Wars Celebration now over, it’s nice to look back at the behind-the-scenes Celebration Reel for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which was made in the exact same powerful nostalgic way as the Star Wars: The Force Awakens behind-the-scenes video that was released at Comic-Con last year. This new video is really quite stunning and as a lifelong Star Wars fan you get quite a buzz of excitement as it features some awesome new footage of the film’s sets and the ambitious cinematic scale of director Gareth Edward‘s production.

…I truly got goosebumps of excitement and just melted into bliss as I watched this Celebration Reel.

One of the more interesting thing to come out of Star Wars Celebration and Rogue One’s Celebration Reel was the new character details, a first look at Mads Mikkelsen’s Galen Erso, the new droid K-2S0 and some glimpses of the extra’s in the movie, as well as John Knoll, Chief Creative Officer/Senior Visual Effects Supervisor at ILM showing us some early Rogue One Concept Art of the main characters for the Rogue One film, which he originally came up with the idea for.

GALEN ERSO

Lucasfilm offered us a first look at Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso in the film.

Galen is the father of Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso. The actor didn’t reveal too much more about his character, but there have been rumors in the past he will have direct ties to the Empire, and may even have had a hand in building the Death Star.

Mads Mikkelsen (Galen appears to be his name in the film) is kind of the key to the film in a way. He is a scientist that took over the Geonosian Death Star project. He solved several of the flaws the Empire could not and is sort of a revered person in the Empire for his contributions. However, Mikkelsen’s character is a Robert Oppenheimer-type character. Oppenheimer helped design the atomic bomb only to say, “Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” The guilt “Galen” feels for his contributions to the Empire became too much and he defects, attempting to make things right. In order to do this, he enlists the help of his only young daughter ‘Jyn Erso’ who we get a brief glimpse off in the Production Video.

K-2S0

One of the characters I’ve been most interested in learning about in Rogue One: The Star Wars Story is the droid character being played by Alan Tudyk. The seven feet tall droid called K-2SO, and thanks to Star Wars Celebration, we have some new revealing details about the character. Actor Diego Luna says that the droid is a friend of his rebel fighter character in the movie, Cassian Andor. We’ve seen a brief bit of footage of K-2S0 already in the first trailer that was released. When describing the character, Luna says:

“One of the most important members of this team is a droid, an Imperial droid that is programmed by the rebellion. His name is K-2SO. He’s probably the best friend Cassian has in the Rebellion, or the only one.”

We also got see a  brief scene in which Jyn hands K-2SO her bag, and he doesn’t like the idea of carrying it because he’s not that kind of droid. This droid really has an attitude. Tudyk went on to talk about his character, explaining:

“That’s K-2 for you. Look, she gives him her pack and he doesn’t really grab it. That’s K-2: ‘Go get the bags, droid.’ ‘No, I’d rather not. That’s not my thing.’ Cassian reprogrammed him, and did like a data wipe. When he reprogrammed him, he’s not quite all there. He speaks his mind and says things, I don’t know, that can be unsettling. He’s very honest. If you know any old people, he’s like that; he just says whatever he thinks. It was great. It was really great to play him.”

What a fun character! I love that he has an attitude. Although he will be a full CGI character, Tudyk was on set wearing a motion capture suit. The actor went on to talk about a funny exchange of conversation he had with Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO.

“I met him at that party, at the opening night [for The Force Awakens]. I said, ‘I’m K-2SO. I’m going to be the next droid in the series of droids.’ He said, ‘Do you wear a suit or are you CGI?’ I said, ‘Oh, I’m CGI.’ And he said, ‘You shit.’ Lovely man. We’re pen pals. Pen pals to this day.”

3B6-RA-7

Great also to see 3B6-RA-7, nicknamed “Threebee,” who was originally seen in A New Hope aboard the Sandscrawler when R2-D2 and C-3PO got captured by the Jawa’s. According the Star Wars history, he was part of the Imperial Security Bureau, 3B6-RA-7 was programmed to work as a protocol and spy droid, It’ll be exciting to see if he follows those spy roots on Rogue One.

The Space Monkey

One of the new characters which fans really went bananas for was Rogue One’s Space Monkey, a cackling gunner aboard a helicopter-like vessel, this Space Monkey has certainly made a big impression on social media and even appeared live on stage.

UPDATE: His real name: Bistan. He’s the gunner on a new starship known as the U-Wing, a sort of gunship and troop transport. “It’s not necessarily a character that we get to know, but I think he has a very memorable, iconic look,” said Edwards. “[He’s] one of my favorites. I can’t give away what happens to him.”

The New Characters of Rogue One

Kathleen Kennedy said “We have this amazing opportunity to be able to tell stories inside this incredible universe, In the past, all the Star Wars movies have been made as prequels or sequels, and now we can have these standalone movies to explore different places, different characters and different experiences all around.”

You certainly can see they have certainly done that with all these great new characters below.

“Bigmouth,” whose real name is Pao, a soldier who serves as a kind of platoon leader, coordinating the charge into battle. “There was this great design of this creature that’s mouth would open really wide, and he looked like he was really good at giving orders and shouting at people during a battle,” Edwards said. “I was like, ‘We’ve got to give him that moment in the film,’ and so [Pao] was born out of that.”

The’d better give this Mon Calamari denizen an actual name, posthaste, or else “chubby, blue Admiral Ackbar” is going to stick.

This willowy creature calls to mind a friendly Wampa, although there may be no such thing. The fine white fur flounces as it runs, and a breathing device makes it a curious combination of beast and machine. It’s clearly sentient, carrying either a pack of weaponry or a communications array on its back.

The helmet of this character calls to mind a yellow version of the red, pellet-masked Guavian Death Gang thugs from The Force Awakens.

Edrio Two Tubes

Edrio Two Tubes is a mercenary pilot who flies alongside his eggmate, Benthic. The two share the nickname derived from the breathing apparatus that allows their Tognath physiology to process oxygen atmospheres. Edrio’s home world Yar Togna was conquered and occupied by the Empire, forcing him to flee as a refugee. Desiring to strike back at the Empire, Edrio and Benthic have allied with Saw Gerrera

The images are from Lucasfilm’s Pavilion at San Diego Comic-Con

Rogue One : A Visual Guide

I’ve debated this with people all week, as I originally wasn’t going to post this article, as it seemed quite a ‘MASSIVE’ spoiler for Rogue One, but it’s 2016 and one can safely say it’s already all over the Internet and Social Media, so if big companies like Twitter and Google isn’t taking this imagery down I’d say it’s fair game to publish this little article on my meager blog…HEY!! It’s not our fault that these big multi-national companies keep getting caught flat-footed when eager fans use the Internet to find things that publishing corporations want to keep hidden. So if you put illustrated pages from the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on your publicly accessible servers nearly 8 months before it’s release and expect no one to find them. TUT TUT!! Wags his finger in utter disgust.

SPOILER ALERT FOR ROGUE ONE BEYOND THIS POINT

YOU’VE BEEN WARNED, although Disney is now claiming the following information is not completely accurate, but here goes…This week German Star Wars fansite Jedi-Bibliothek made a random discovery on Edelweiss, which is an online search tool where publishers can pay to have their upcoming books listed for anyone to find, had put out their winter catalog online, and this time someone put a book on the list that may have ruined a carefully cultivated mystery box. The book in question which they stumbled across was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: The Official Visual Story Guide with a massive collection of draft (Hi-Res) page spreads.

So you remember, Luke Skywalker was omitted from Star Wars: The Force Awakens promotional images, and he had a brief appearance in the film. His role was a closely guarded secret, unveiled at the very end of the film. But here that mystery box is blown wide open as we see Darth Vader getting his own centerfold…this wouldn’t have happened on JJ’s watch!!!

But the Rogue One spoilers don’t end there. Included in the leaked pages are a brief breakdowns of the characters featured on both sides of the conflict in Rogue One. Diego Luna’s so-far unnamed character is Captain Cassian Andor, (not Biggs Darklighter…darn) described as a Rebel Alliance Officer. Jiang Wen, seen in the Star Wars: Rogue One trailer sprinting toward a massive AT-AT, plays a character described as a “freelance assassin.” Riz Ahmed plays Bodhi, a rebel soldier, and Donnie Yen, who displays formidable hand-to-hand combat skills in the Rogue One trailer, plays a character named Chirrut, described as a “spiritual warrior.” There are also two alien characters named in the promo material, Pao and Bistan, but they haven’t shown up previously in casting materials. both are listed as ‘fierce warriors’ who alongside Jyn Erso played by Felicity Jones will lead these cohorts in this rogue band of resistance fighters, who are prepared to steal the Death Star Plans and bring new hope to the galaxy. United in this daring mission, the heroes in this Rebel Alliance will have to enter battle against the evil forces of the Empire.

leaked star wars rogue one visual story guide heroes of the rebel alliance hi res image
leaked star wars rogue one visual story guide heroes of the rebel alliance hi res image

Two other major spoilers are confirmed in the leaked images from the Star Wars: Rogue One Visual Guide. First up, Ben Mendelssohn’s character is named Director Krennic, and he reportedly serves as a military director. Lastly, the black-armored Stormtroopers at his back are confirmed to be Death Troopers, deadly special forces soldiers in service to the Empire.

Additionally, the leaked images from the Star Wars: Rogue One tie-in guide feature detailed schematic-type images of a NEW Rebel starfighter called the U-Wing and a new TIE fighter called the TIE Striker, both spreads breaking down their capabilities and the roles they play in their respective fleets.

We’re still not sure who Mads Mikkelsen will be playing, but we are quite sure CGI character below called Enforcer Droid -K-2S0 will be played by Alan Tudyk

Leaked Star Wars Rogue One Visual Story Guide Enforcer Droid K2-S0 Hi Res Image
Leaked Star Wars Rogue One Visual Story Guide Enforcer Droid K2-S0 Hi Res Image

The one below is great spread, which the first paragraph starts with “THE WHITE GLEAM of a stormtrooper’s uniform. Darth Vader’s iconic semi-samurai helmet and mask. Leia’s bikini, shimmering gold above the Sarlacc pit. The Star Wars Universe is jam-packed with memorable characters, all of them decked out in a wondrous wardrobe. So when it came time to find a costume designer for The Force Awakens, the film’s producers knew they’d need someone who could create lasting looks that both drew from the past and informed the future of the franchise. To meet this challenge, they turned to veteran costume designer Michael Kaplan.” It then goes on to describe this new AT-AT variant called the AT-ACT “Standing over 20 meters tall with blast-impervious armor plating, these massive constructs are used as much for psychological effect as they are for tactical advantage. Their menacing presence can strike fear into the hearts of any enemy forces who dare try to topple the terrorizing technology. Still, many try to do just that. AT-ACT (All Terrain Amoured Cargo Transport) walkers were among the fastest Imperial vehicles of their type, designed primarily for patrols and scouting missions. When the Empire wanted more land on the Outer Rim planet of Lothal, AT-ACTs were used to quickly clear out farmers from their property. While not as imposing as its larger AT-AT walker cousin, the AT-ST nonetheless served as a significant addition to the Imperial side of battlefields in the Galactic Civil War. The two-man craft is lightly armed with chin-mounted laser cannons, and side-mounted weapon pods. The two-legged transport, dubbed the scout walker by many, serves as a reconnaissance and patrol vehicle, often flanking approaching AT-ATs and mopping up infantry that sneaks past the larger walkers. The Imperials used AT­-STs in both the Battle of Hoth and the Battle of Endor.

We also get a look at the new Imperial Assault Attack Tank seen in the trailer, could it be called the …IA-AT?

Old old favourites are also shown in the book, Death Star Blueprints and the classic T-65 X-Wing

The book is set to be produced by Media Lab Books and to go on sale on January 24th, 2017 (over a month after the film’s release), The Official Visual Guide will be 164 pages in length. 130 of those will be full-color.

UPDATE : Although these preview images have turned out to be an unintentional leak, Disney is starting to ask sites to remove the images, so it won’t be long before this article or imagery is removed, as the leaked information contained on the draft page spreads were not final, So as I said at the beginning, Disney is claiming the information is not completely accurate… Enjoy it while you can.