Rogue One Star Wars timeline

After the jump:

  • Valene Kane confirms she’s playing Jyn Erso’s mom.
  • Michael Giacchino is very excited to be scoring Rogue One.
  • Rogue One will be “edgier” than other Star Wars films, says Riz Ahmed.
  • The Rogue One toys won’t repeat that whole #WheresRey kerfuffle.
  • Felicity Jones learned kung fu for Rogue One.
  • An official map reveals Jedha’s location in the galaxy.
  • And more!

About that header image: If you’re the kind of person who’s reading Rogue One Bits, you’re probably not the kind of person who needs an explanation as to how, exactly, Rogue One fits into the overall Star Wars timeline. But maybe you’ve got friends and family who are curious about the new Star Wars movie, but confused as to why this one doesn’t involve Rey or Finn or even Luke or Leia.

In that case, feel free to pass along this easy-to-read timeline from Matt DeWater. I love how it includes concise bullet points about the major developments in each film, to help jog the memories of people who may not have revisited these films in a while. (And if your friend seems resistant to the idea of watching a Star Wars movie that features no familiar faces whatsoever, feel free to let slip that Darth Vader will be making an appearance in this one.)

Valene Kane in The Fall

We’ve already got basic character details for the main cast of Rogue One, but as December approaches we’re learning more about some of the supporting players as well. Like Valene Kane, who’s just confirmed she’s playing Jyn Erso’s mother Lyra Erso. The actress, who is best known in the U.S. for co-starring in BBC’s The Fall, gushed about her experience to Belfast Live. “I grew up watching Stars Wars and I didn’t believe it was happening until I was filming in Iceland,” she said. “It has a really edgy independent vibe.”

A couple weeks ago we learned Michael Giacchino would be scoring Rogue One, replacing the previously announced Alexandre Desplat. There’s reason to be both excited and worried about the news, but for what it’s worth Giacchino seems eager to take on the challenge. The composer tweeted that he was “thrilled” to join the project (above), while also giving a shoutout to Desplat (below).

As the first Star Wars movie to fall outside the ongoing Skywalker family saga, Rogue One represents new territory for the franchise. And with that new territory comes a new tone, according to star Riz Ahmed. “The film is about complex characters and loyalties and murky pasts,” the actor told The Wrap. “The film is a little edgier, with people making these huge compromises. History isn’t always clear.”

That murkiness also applies to Ahmed’s character Bodhi Rook, a former Imperial pilot who joins the Rebel cause — but continues to sport Imperial insignia on his uniform, as a reminder of his past. Ahmed describes him as “a little intense, a little volatile,” and as someone “who has to question his loyalties as the story progresses.”

bodhi

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