Rogue One Bits: Character and Location Details Revealed, an Official Synopsis, and Force Friday Details
Posted on Friday, August 12th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Rogue One Bits:
- A whole bunch of new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story details have been added to the Star Wars Databank.
- The official Rogue One synopsis has been revealed.
- New interviews with Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed shed new light on their characters.
- Early details about this year’s Force Friday event arrive.
The good folks at Star Wars News Net have discovered that the official Star Wars Databank, which collects all of the official information about the characters, locations, and vehicles from the entire universe, has been updated with a whole bunch of new Rogue One information. How about we run down the new additions?
First up is the new entry on the planet Jedha, which we already knew was a spiritual spot for believers in the Force that is occupied by the Empire. The new revelation here is that Jedha is a desert moon stuck in constant winter, which explains why the characters are seen wearing heavy clothing in their scenes here despite everything being shot in Jordan.
A small desert moon frosted by a permanent winter, Jedha is home to one of the first civilizations to explore the nature of the Force. At one time a world important to the Jedi Order, Jedha serves as a holy site for pilgrims from across the galaxy who seek spiritual guidance. Now, the Empire occupies Jedha, and a prolonged battle between Imperial forces and scattered Rebels carries on in the timeworn streets.
The entry on the black-armored Death Troopers actually offers a pretty find suggestion for why these guys aren’t seen doing the heavy lifting for the Empire elsewhere – they are tied to Ben Mendelsohn‘s villain and work directly for him.
The elite soldiers of Imperial Intelligence, Death Troopers are encased in specialized stormtrooper armor with a dark, ominous gleam. These soldiers serve as bodyguards and enforcers for Director Krennic, a highly placed officer within the Advanced Weapons Research division of the Empire.
There’s not too much new information to be gleamed from the entry on K-2SO, the hulking droid played by Alan Tudyk, but it does reconfirm that he is a reprogramed Imperial droid (which actually makes him one of two characters in Rogue One to have fought on both sides of this conflict).
A reprogrammed Imperial security droid now loyal to the Alliance, K-2SO is an alarming sight standing within a secret Rebel base. The pragmatic droid is an effective insertion agent, as he can blend in perfectly at Imperial installations and outposts.
Here’s entry on Chirrut, the blind warrior played by Donnie Yen in the film, which doesn’t contain anything that wasn’t already spoke about at Star Wars Celebration.
Deeply spiritual, Chirrut Îmwe believes all living things are connected through the Force. His sightless eyes do not prevent him from being a highly skilled warrior. Though he lacks Force abilities, this warrior monk has rigorously honed his body through intense physical and mental discipline.
The entry on Baze Malbus, Chirrut’s best friend played by Jiang Wen, is all about how he is a more practical soldier than his blind companion with no belief in a higher power. This entry also seemingly implies that Jedha is his home, which means he’s endured Imperial occupation for years.
The harsh reality of his Imperial-occupied home world has hardened Baze Malbus into a pragmatic soldier and a crack shot with his heavy repeater cannon. Baze has a bravado that provides a marked contrast to the spiritual centeredness of his best friend and moral compass, Chirrut Îmwe.
We now know the full title of Orson Krennic (director of Advanced Weapons Research) and that title suggests what the rest of the entry confirms. Yep, he’s the guy calling the shots on the construction of the Death Star.
As director of Advanced Weapons Research for the Imperial military, Orson Krennic is obsessed with the completion of the long-delayed Death Star project. A cruel but brilliant man, Krennic has staked his reputation on the delivery of the functional battle station to the Emperor.
It turns out that those tan-armored Stormtroopers glimpsed in the trailers, the ones stationed on the beaches of Scarif, are known as Shoretroopers.
Specialist stormtroopers stationed at the top secret Imperial military headquarters on Scarif, Shoretroopers patrol the beaches and bunkers of the planetary facility.
We’ve already seen many glimpses of Scarif in the trailers (it’s even on the poster), but this lovely tropical world is the heavily defended construction yard where the Death Star is being constructed.
The planet Scarif would be a beautiful tropical paradise if not for the presence of a major Imperial military installation. Scarif is the principal construction facility for the vast Imperial war machine. The world is enveloped in impenetrable deflector shields and is heavily defended.
The four-legged walker glimpsed in the trailers is the AT-ACT, the larger counterpart to the AT-AT that is used more for transportation and construction than combat.
A larger version of the standard combat AT-AT, the AT-ACT walker features a dedicated cargo bed for the transportation of heavy building materials or combat munitions. It was deployed at major Imperial construction projects, such as shipyards and sprawling research installations.
The entry on Forest Whitaker‘s Saw Gerrera reveals a few tiny tidbits. First, he’s leading his extremist segment of the Rebel Alliance from Jedha. Second, he’s not faring to well in the health department, which surely explains why he’s wearing a suit that looks like it’s keeping him alive.
A battered veteran of the Clone Wars as well as the ongoing rebellion against the Empire, Saw Gerrera leads a band of Rebel extremists. Saw has lost much in his decades of combat, but occasional flashes of the charismatic and caring man he once was shine through his calloused exterior. Gerrera is bunkered on the ancient world of Jedha, coordinating a prolonged insurgency against the Imperial occupation. Saw’s ailing health has not withered his resolve to fight.
Riz Ahmed‘s Bodhi Rook is the team’s pilot and he learned his skills while working for the Empire.
A former Imperial pilot, Bodhi has strong piloting and technical skills that he will put to use for the Rebellion. Ever practical, but highly anxious, Bodhi must gather his courage to bring the battle to the Empire.
And that brings us to the latest addition to the Rebel fleet: the U-Wing.
A sturdy troop transport and gunship used by the Rebel Alliance, the U-wing starfighter is a well-armed swing-wing vessel that must penetrate heavy fire zones to deposit soldiers onto battlefields and then fly air support during dangerous missions against the Empire.