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Nope, there still hasn’t been a trailer or teaser for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. But we do have this edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • We may know the name of Felicity Jones‘ character.
  • Details on Jian Wen‘s mysterious character.
  • Cast member Riz Ahmed says everything he can (which isn’t much).
  • A Forest Whitaker interview exposes Rogue One‘s uphill battle.
  • And more!

Jian Wen is a celebrated actor and director in his native China, but he’ll soon be a very familiar face to the rest of the world as a member of Rogue One‘s ensemble. We don’t know anything about his character other than what we can draw from that cast picture (he’s the guy on the far right standing behind Donnie Yen): he looks armored up and ready for a fight. Making Star Wars has learned a few tiny tidbits about the character and they align quite nicely with this assumption:

I’ve learned that Wen’s character is the weapons enthusiast of the group. He’s a first-class gun nut. He’s the kind of character that just as you think he’s exhausted his potential for violence, he pulls another weapon out of his boot (for example). He probably has as many concealed weapons as he does overtly visible ones (if not more).

Every action ensemble needs its heavy weapons guy (it’s tank, if you will) and Wen certainly looks ready to slide into that role. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens about to leave theaters in a few weeks, we should hopefully start learning a little more about these characters soon enough. We’d even take a few fake trading cards with character names at this point.

HeyUGuys caught up with Riz Ahmed at the 2016 BAFTA Awards and, naturally, they grilled him about his role in Rogue One. He doesn’t say much (because you just know that his NDA involves him being locked up in a dark put if he says the wrong thing), but he does chat about the scope of the film and its more realistic approach to the Star Wars universe. Right now, all we know is that his character is rumored to be named Bodhi Rook. C’mon, Lucasfilm. Give us a trading card to clarify that much.

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While we’re on the subject names, Making Star Wars claims to have uncovered the name of Felicity Jones‘ character, who is the lead character of the film. If true, this will be the third leaked character name following Bodhi Rook and Galen (Mads Mikkelsen’s character). Anyway, the site says that her name is Jyn, with no surname. At least not yet. Since the characters of The Force Awakens all had codenames, it’s entirely possible that Jyn is a smokescreen, but you never know. Up to this point, her codename in toy packaging has been “Seal Leader Green,” so Jyn is a definite improvement.

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