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In today’s edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • Actor Riz Ahmed talks about his work in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
  • Details about the weapons of Rogue One are revealed.
  • More information about the return of a certain character arrives.
  • The complete Rogue One trailer gets recreated in LEGO.

I’ve been a fan of Riz Ahmed since I first saw him in the hilarious terrorism-themed dark comedy Four Lions, but I realized he was really going places after Nightcrawler, where played the moral compass to Jake Gyllenhaal’s unhinged crazy. We don’t even catch a glimpse of his Rogue One character (reportedly named Bohdi Rook) in the new trailer, but I’m excited to see what he does in the Star Wars universe. And in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ahmed spoke about the impression the original trilogy left on him as a kid:

To be honest, I didn’t follow the storyline or the complexity of what was going on, but I just remember these images seared onto [my] brain because it was just a series of trippy set pieces for me. It’s like, Jabba the Hutt, and [Leia’s looking] pretty good in a bikini, and someone’s getting carved out of stone with a laser beam now… being a part of that universe is just a privilege.

Ahmed also spoke about the physical world that was constructed for the film and how having an actual set or prop to interact with can make all of the difference in the world for an actor:

The level of attention to detail and care that goes into building that world is just unbelievable. All the set designers, the costume designers, the world they create is so detailed you would not believe it. You pick up any random prop and it’s got a touch screen with buttons and alien writing on it and you’re just like, ‘Wow, I‘ve got to up my game.’ I stole so many props… just check [on] eBay.

He’s surely joking, but if anyone wants to stop by eBay and take a quick look…

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Making Star Wars provided additional insight to this interview, saying that the weapons and technology or Rogue One will be more complex and detailed than anything we’ve seen before:

This lines up with what we’ve been hearing about the weapons of Rogue One. Apparently the weapons all kind of interface and work together to make bigger weapons at times. I haven’t seen a photo of the weapons yet, but those that have say it is really cool and seems to offer a pretty cool look at technology in the Star Wars universe. With one team member of Rogue One being a weapons nut, I expect him to be a source for some cool antics with weapons that “click together” and make trouble for the bad guys. I would imagine this could also be a cool merchandising opportunity for Star Wars as well.

Since Rogue One will place the focus squarely on crafty Rebel Alliance soldiers instead of Jedi and characters with mystical abilities, this makes sense. If you’re going to take down an enemy that outnumbers and outguns you at every turn, you’ve got to be crafty.

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