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Inside The Art of Rogue One

I feel Rogue One might be the most gorgeous cinematic Star Wars film ever made. It’s full of incredible vistas, strange aliens, and wonderful locations…especially Vaders Castle—and behind that imagery is an absolute plethora  of incredible concept art, and thanks to the release of The Art of Rogue One, we finally get a glimpse at some of that amazing work.

Written by Josh Kushins—with forewords from Rogue One director Gareth Edwards, Concept artist Doug Chiang, and art director Neil Lamont—The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story collects a huge wealth of production and concept art from across the making of the movie, see some of the amazing page spreads below.

Pao originated as a sketch for The Force Awakens—just a one-off drawing from a creative brief that never made it into the movie. He started as a guy with loads of long, spiky hair—glam-rock hair, to give you a sense of volume—who is basically just a mouth. For Rogue One, that didn’t work with the military angle, so I replaced the hair with a kind of kepi but kept the big mouth. Gareth liked the idea of him in the battle, turning to his comrades and yelling ‘Come on!’—but his mouth opens far beyond what you’d expect.” – Lunt Davies

Admiral Raddus Concept Art

Early K-2SO concept art

Spaceships and Vehicle concept art of Rogue One

Look sir!! Droids

VADER’s CASTLE

One of the best bits was Vader’s castle which was originally mooted for The Empire Strikes Back before it was cut, with Rogue One using the original concept art by Ralph McQuarrie to help inspire the version they used.

Jyn Erso concept art

Cassian Andor Concept Art

They gave Cassian a shirt that flaps open like Luke Skywalker’s in Return of the Jedi. It’s very much a classic kind of Star Wars look.

Director Orson Krennic Concept Art

Rogue One Imperial Troopers

Senna concept art

Warning: I’ve saved one particularly spoilerific image until last, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, you might want to skip it…

All images: The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Josh Kushins, and Lucasfilm Ltd. © Abrams Books, 2016(C) 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. And TM. All Rights Reserved.

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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

Star Wars: Rogue One Character Names and Details Revealed?

News on Star Wars: Rogue One had been relatively dormant for quite a while. That is, until a couple of weeks ago, when the first supposed plot details, character descriptions, and a possible cameo by none-other than Han Solo were revealed. Given that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already been given center stage (though it still continues to impress at the box office), it seems the time has finally come for Rogue One to have a chance in the spotlight.

While The Force Awakens combined both the old and the new to create a film that both appealed to the nostalgia of fans as well as brought something fresh to the table, Rogue One will more likely focus on the old — mostly because it takes place earlier in Star Wars history. In fact, Rogue One is set before the events of the Original Trilogy, as it will center on the band of rebels who stole the Death Star plans and propelled their mission of taking down the Empire forward.

Due to the fact that it takes place only a short time before A New Hope, it’s expected that Rogue One will feature a few cameos from notable Star Wars characters — namely Darth Vader (who may have a more substantial role than initially expected) and Boba Fett. It seems those two characters won’t be the only two elements from the Original Trilogy to appear in Rogue One. According to the latest rumors from Making Star Wars, which claim — among other things — that Felicity Jones and Diego Luna will star in a sequence that pays homage to the iconic scene from A New Hope in which Han and Luke go into disguise as Stormtroopers.

However, while the premise may be somewhat similar, there is a small but significant difference in their respective disguises. Instead of dressing up as Stormtroopers, Felicity Jones will don the apparel of an Imperial Gunner, while Diego Luna put on the attire of an Imperial Commander. Of course, one should take caution as this is nowhere near confirmed. However, assuming that it’s true, this rumored scenario would be both a brilliant way to call back to the Original Trilogy while also putting a unique spin on the situation.

In addition, the report also went onto note more details about Alan Tudyk’s character in particular. The character is said to somehow be “more than a droid,” while also being “a commando droid” that “looks really cool.” Of course, the preceding sentence could be taken as being seemingly contradictory, but it appears that while Tudyk will be playing a droid character, that specific droid will be more complex than the others we have already seen in the Star Wars universe.

The report also goes on to give a few codenames being used for the characters in the production of Rogue One. Felicity Jones’ character is said to be codenamed Green Seal Leader, Jiang Wen’s is Seal Communicator Blue, Forest Whitaker’s is Eel Commander, and Alan Tudyk’s is Seal Droid. Additionally, the report also claims that all of the villainous characters “have codenames related to sharks.”

Again, before taking this as fact, bear in mind that none of this is confirmed. Even then, it’s possible that this is not actually what the characters are referred to as in the film itself. Remember, during the production of The Force Awakens, Daisy Ridley’s character was referred to as Kira, but we later found out that her actual name in the film was Rey. It seems this may be a similar situation, although given that these appear to be actual military-esque codenames, perhaps it’s not the same situation.

If the latter happens to be the case, then the codenames above are a quick and easy way of both making characters’ allegiances clear and also denoting their ranks in their respective groups. It’s hard to know whether these will be their actual codenames in the film, although fans will probably not have to wait too long to find out either way, as the first trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One is rumored to be premiering alongside Captain America: Civil War this May.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released on December 16th, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017 andd the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by a third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.

Source: Screenrant & Making Star Wars