Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
After this morning’s revelation that Darth Vader would be making an appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it looks like we’re in for a plethora of news from Lucasfilm’s first standalone Star Wars spin-off. The new Entertainment Weekly cover issue for the sci-fi flick hits stands on Friday, so we’ll likely be getting plenty more information then.
Leading up to their big issue, some details are already being released by the magazine. That includes all the Rogue One character names of the primary players, including one new villain, plus some brief character details for each. Get all the new Star Wars Rogue One character names and details below.
Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones)
The magazine doesn’t offer up more than we already learned in the trailer. She’s being tasked by the Rebel Alliance to carry out this dangerous mission in exchange for a commuted sentence for wrongs she has committed against the Rebellion in the past. She sounds like a complex character with plenty of gray areas.
Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna)
The teaser trailer gave off a very Han Solo vibe for this character, but it appears he doesn’t share many characteristics with the smuggler. Andor is described as a “by-the-book Rebel intelligence officer” with a lot of experience. That means he’s probably not too keen on this plan to use someone untrustworthy like Erso for such an important mission. I would expect Andor and Erso to have some clashes about decision-making here and there.
Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen)
One of the more mysterious characters in the new ensemble, Chirrut (pronounced chi-RUT) isn’t a Jedi, but is dedicated to their way of life. There’s no direct indication that includes an ability to use the Force like a Jedi, but the character has “used his spirituality to overcome his blindness and become a formidable warrior.” That kind of skill implies being guided by the Force, so maybe there’s power in him, but not at the strength of a real Jedi.
Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen)
Baze isn’t the spiritual type, opting for heavy weaponry over the Force. But that doesn’t stop him from being close with Chirrut and protecting the spiritual man at all costs. It sounds like they have a less playful Han and Chewie vibe to their friendship.
Bodhi Rook (Riz Amed)
This guy sounds more like the Han Solo type character of the group. He’s the squad’s lead pilot and is described as “hot-headed,” though it may be justifiable since he’s an extremely skilled pilot who cut his teeth flying cargo.
K-2SO (Alan Tudyk)
Director Gareth Edwards describes this new droid, brought to life by a motion-capture performance from Alan Tudyk, is the “antithesis of C-3PO.” That means we shouldn’t expect any whining or friendliness from the droid. It sounds like he’s much more rough around the edges with “Chewbacca’s personality in a droid’s body.” Apparently he’s in need of some redemption for things that he’s done wrong in the past too. Maybe he once worked for the Empire?
Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen)
It turns out that autograph from a convention awhile back was accurate. Galen Erso is Jyn Erso’s father, but they’re not exactly a close family unit. Galen is estranged from his daughter, but the reason for their distance is something that has not been revealed just yet. Nor do we have any official pictures of Mikkelsen in character. Erso is said to be like “the galactic version of nuclear pioneer J. Robert Oppenheimer.” It sounds like the rumors of him being the one who designed the Death Star are probably true, and it’s more than likely that he turns against the Empire and is the one who gives the Death Star plans to the Rebels.
Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn)
Finally, we have a name to go with Ben Mendelsohn’s face from the teaser trailer. Orson Krennic is desperate to be in the good graces of the Emperor, but also fears his right-hand man Darth Vader. He’s looking to move up in the Imperial ranks by any means necessary, so this is probably a guy who can’t be trusted, even by his allies.
Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker)
If you don’t remember the name Saw Gerrera, it just means you’re not an obsessive Star Wars fan. This character actually appeared in The Clone Wars animated series, specifically debuting in an episode titled “A War on Two Fronts” from October of 2012 and continuing over a few episodes after that. The story featured Saw and his sister Steela fighting alongside Darth Vader back when he was still Anakin Skywalker. How cool would it be for Saw to confront Darth Vader after all this time has past?
Kathleen Kennedy describes Saw Gerrera as “kind of a battered veteran who leads a band of Rebel extremists.” He’s not exactly a straight up Rebel, and he’s a cause for concern among our heroes mostly due to how intense he is. If you want a much more detailed rundown of the character, read Entertainment Weekly’s full article on him over here.
That’s all for meeting the new Star Wars Rogue One characters for now. Hopefully we’ll get even more details when Entertainment Weekly’s cover story arrives on Friday.