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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story isn’t giving us much to work with, but we’re certainly trying! In today’s edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • Model Eunice Olumide reveals she has been cast in Rogue One.
  • Details on two new kinds of Stormtroopers have made their way online.
  • A report on Rogue One toys from the Nuremberg Toy Fair… that may not be real.
  • Evidence that we won’t actually see Rogue One toys for a long time now.
  • And more!

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Scottish supermodel Eunice Olumide (above) has revealed that she plays a small role in Rogue One, which means that a team of professional Disney assassins are on their way to her home right now to put the fear of the Mouse in her. After all, this film is still shrouded utmost secrecy and she’s off chatting about her role in interviews!

To be fair, she doesn’t say much. What she does say though is fairly interesting. While she doesn’t have any lines, she does say she gets to play a Rebel leader:

I did a small feature in Star Wars Rogue One. That was a really awesome experience. I don’t have lines but it was an incredible experience to be part of such an iconic film. I was originally supposed to play a nomad, but since I’m athletic I ended up playing a rebellion leader.

Of course, joining the Star Wars universe in any capacity means getting to live on forever in books and comics and toys and games. And Lucasfilm seems to be taking this pretty seriously, as they created a digital version of Olumide in case they ever need her character again:

If my scene gets cut or not cut I was entered into the George Lucas Archives. I got into a 3D scanner and they did a scan. They scan all the characters so they can reproduce individual toys or computer games. I will be a toy. It was an amazing experience.

And it won’t be long until her character has a lengthy and complex backstory. Because that’s how every background character in the Star Wars universe works. And since she’s apparently a soldier by trade, her backstory may very well be full of action and worth telling. In a separate interview, Olumide revealed that her character gets to take part in a big action scene:

I did not get any lines, but I got to wear this really outlandish costume and run through a bar while a tank comes after us. The about 20 stormtroopers pile out and there’s lots of explosions. I have this sort of mushroom on my head.

So there you go – director Gareth Edwards was definitely not kidding when he talked about Rogue One being very much a war movie.

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Some time ago, actor Donnie Yen snapped a photo on the set of Rogue One and posted it on social media. The image was quickly taken down, but this is the internet and the internet never forgets. You can take a look at it above this very paragraph.

The helmet in the middle is instantly recognizable as the classic Stormtrooper design, but what the heck are the other two?  Making Star Wars claims to know a little about the helmet on the right, as well as the kind of Stormtrooper who wears it:

It is a combination of a Scout Trooper (Biker Scout) with Stormtrooper parts.

On set they were called “Sandtroopers.”

It has a lot of soft parts like a Scout Trooper including similar chest armor, but more narrow around the hips.

It has the same kneepad as the classic Sandtrooper.

It has some accent of color like dark red on a panel.

With a name like “Sandtrooper,” that certainly sounds like we’ll be seeing at least some action in a desert setting. The awful nerd in me wants to know when they’ll reveal in some tie-in novel why we didn’t see these guys on Tatooine.

The other helmet has already been the subject of much discussion and debate. Previous reports have spoken of “Death Troopers,” specially trained Stormtroopers with black armor who, as their name implies, mean serious business. According to Making Star Wars, their armor is all black, with green lights positioned in a few areas that give them some menacing contrast:

The green lights look really cool against the black armor.

When casting the Death Troopers they were looking for actors around 6’3? so they’re pretty big (TFA Stormtroopers are 5’10” for comparison).

Since Stormtroopers get shot down so easily in the Star Wars saga, giving our intrepid band of heroes a more worthy foe certainly sounds necessary and appropriately dramatic. Plus, Making Star Wars claims that these guys will essentially be the face of the film’s merchandising and marketing. So we are going to see a lot of ’em.

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