Rogue One Bits: The First 20 Minutes Screened, New Aliens Profiled, and All Kinds of New Collectible Stuff
Posted on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Rogue One Bits:
- Learn about four supporting aliens in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
- The latest and greatest on Imperial shield generator technology.
- New images and TV spots and banners and magazine covers have arrived.
- Mads Mikkelsen still can’t say much about Galen Erso.
- Every theater chain is offering collectors’ items with their Rogue One tickets.
- Details on the first 20 minutes of the film.
- And more!
StarWars.com’s Databank page has been updated with new information about some of the minor characters in Rogue One. Let’s run down some of the big ones. Ah, remember the days when you had to learn this stuff from the back of toy packaging?
The efforts of the Rebellion have drawn warriors from across the galaxy, fighting to liberate their homes and free their people from the oppression of the Empire. Though Bistan wants to ensure the freedom of fellow lakaru, truth is, he’d rather fight no matter what, relishing the thrill of action.
Edrio Two Tubes is a mercenary pilot who flies alongside his eggmate, Benthic. They share the nickname derived from the breathing apparatus that allows Tognath physiology to process oxygen atmospheres. Edrio’s native world of Yar Togna was conquered and occupied by the Empire, forcing him to flee as a refugee. With a desire to strike back at the Empire, Edrio and Benthic have allied with Saw Gerrera.
Moroff seeks out combat zones in the galaxy to sell his brawn and firepower to anyone who might need it. Not interested in the details of the Empire versus rebels conflict, the mighty Gigoran mercenary figures there’s money to be made for a towering heavy gunner of great strength.
An amphibious Drabata, the fierce commando Pao charges into battle with the Empire while shouting a full-throated battle cry of “Sa´kalla!” as is his custom. He joins the Rogue One team on its historic mission to secure the Death Star plans.
For more entires, including details on the TIE Striker, Krennic’s shuttle, and some of the new Stormtroopers, you’ll need to explore the Databank for yourself.
Entertainment Weekly has released a new gallery of Rogue One images an each one is accompanied by a paragraph of new information. For example, this photo of Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor also comes with a few sentences that explain his actual role within the Rebel Alliance:
Diego Luna, right, plays Captain Cassian Andor, a veteran spy for the Rebellion who has a network of contacts throughout the galaxy who help him keep eyes and ears on the activities of the Empire. Andor is like a CIA field agent, and this man, Tivik, played by Daniel Mays (The Infiltrator, Atonement) is one of his underworld connections to the insurgent group led by Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker). “He is one of Cassian’s contacts on the moon of Jedha,” says co-producer John Swartz.
The gallery also provides context to shots we’ve seen in the trailer. For example, now we know more about the big space battle we’ve glimpsed and how it connects to the big ground assault Jyn leads on the paradise planet of Scarif:
The wheel-shaped space station that an X-wing squadron is attacking is the Shield Gate. The world below is Scarif, a tropical planet that’a one of the Empire’s key military-industrial complexes. The filmmakers describe it as a galactic Los Alamos, the top-secret desert town where scientists and engineers built the first nuclear bomb during World War II.
We’ve included a few more photos in the gallery below and you can follow the link above to check out the rest.
In a separate interview with producer John Swartz, Entertainment Weekly further explored Scarif and its shield generator:
You can see the blue sheen surrounding the entire planet. The shield gate is the security. As Imperial ships and cargo comes through, it punches a hole in the shield so they can pass. The gate officer gives clearances as they give out their call signs.
Swartz also explained that Scarif was where much of the Death Star was designed and researched, even if it was built elsewhere:
It’s part of their military industrial complex. It’s not necessarily where the Death Star was constructed, but a lot of military research goes on there. That’s why Krennic spends time there. It’s the site of research, structural engineering, munitions and manufacturing, all rolled into one facility.
You can find more details at the link above.
And in one final blast of Entertainment Weekly news, here are the publication’s two Rogue One covers.
We’ve reached the point where the Rogue One TV spots are arriving faster than we can cover them, so go ahead and enjoy this new one, which is built around the relationship (or lack thereof) between Jyn Erso and Galen Erso, before you get distracted by another one.
Although the recently released Star Wars novel Catalyst explains Galen Erso’s backstory in great detail, actor Mads Mikkelsen is apparently still under orders to not share much about his scientist character, telling the Los Angeles Daily News:
Let’s put it this way: I’m a scientist and I’m working on something spectacular. There’s a program I skipped. I went away with my family. I got cold feet. I could see it was going in the wrong direction.
Mikkelsen also emphasized that his character can’t be easily labeled as either a hero or a villain:
If you met him or just saw him in a single scene, you would not think that he was really a villain. And he’s not a villain, but he is a man who’s not been doing the right thing all the time.