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Star Wars : Rogue One - Heroes, Villains, and Vehicles - May 17, 2016, 02:06 PM

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It’s not been officially confirmed yet that Darth Vader will make an appearance in Rogue One, but the Sith Lord is heavily rumored to show up at some point – and judging by the multiple references to and appearances by the force-user formerly known as Anakin Skywalker in the film’s Visual Story Guide, it’s a fair bet that he will appear in the movie. Other villains in Rogue One, as detailed above, include:

– Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn), the “Director of the Imperial Military” who seeks “to protect and serve the Galactic Empire.” Krennic was also glimpsed in pursuit of the film’s heroes in the Rogue One teaser trailer.

– The classic foot-soldiers known as Stormtroopers, described as being “elite Empire soldiers” (insert your preferred stormtrooper joke here).

– Death Troopers, a class of “elite Empire soldiers” that will make their big screen debut in Rogue One. It’s not clear yet exactly what sets Death Troopers apart from Stormtroopers, beyond the aesthetic differences in their armor color and helmet designs.

It’s also worth noting that although Emperor Palpatine is mentioned in the above Rogue One villain breakdown, it’s remains to be seen if the character (who has been played by Ian McDiarmid in previous live-action Star Wars movies) will appear in Rogue One or not. However, there is a mysterious hooded figure dressed in black robes that can be seen briefly in the Rogue One teaser trailer, but they didn’t appear to be either Vader or Palpatine. Could they be another dark force user, perhaps even one of the Inquisitors that were introduced in the Star Wars Rebels animated TV series?





Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first live-action movie set in a galaxy far, far away that doesn’t primarily revolve around the Skywalker family in some form. Instead, Godzilla director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming standalone/anthology film will revolve around a different set of characters that exist in the Star Wars universe – though, it’s been confirmed that certain “iconic” characters of Star Wars lore will make an appearance in the movie, starting with the cameo by key Rebel Alliance figure Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) in the Rogue One teaser trailer.

Rogue One takes place not too long before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, as a group of Rebels undertake an extremely dangerous mission: to find and steal the plans to the Galactic Empire’s deadly super-weapon, the Death Star, in the hopes of finding a weakness in its design that can be exploited. Although we (naturally) know that the mission will be a success, we don’t know which of the film’s main heroes will make it out of the mission alive (if any of them do); much less, what their names are, save for their leader, the scrappy young rebel Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones). Until now, that is.


Edelweiss (hat tip to /Film) has now released a preview for the upcoming “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: The Official Visual Story Guide” that Media Lab Books will release on January 24th, 2017. The 164-page book will contain 130 full-color photos as well as “in-depth character profiles, iconic vehicles, weaponry and droids you’ve been looking for,” but you can now check out some of those details online, several months ahead of time.

The costumes for Rogue One were designed by Michael Kaplan, who also designed the armor/outfits in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and is currently working on Star Wars: Episode VIII. Moreover, we now have official details and names for the heroes in Edwards’ Star Wars spinoff, each of whom is described as being part of “the rogue band of resistance fighters [who are] prepared to steal the Death Star plans and bring new hope to the galaxy [but] will have to enter battle against the evil forces of the Empire.” Here are the characters’ individual names, for those who can’t quite make the details out:

– Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is “a highly-skilled soldier and warrior.”

– Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) is “a Rebel Alliance officer” whose full title is Captain Cassian Andor.

–Baze (Jiang Wen) is “a freelance assassin.”

– Chirrut (Donnie Yen) is “a spiritual warrior.”

The Rogue One heroes squad also includes the non-humans Pao and Bistan, both of whom are described as being a “fierce warrior,” but at this time it’s not known which actor(s) will be bringing the pair of them to life in the film. There’s also no mention of Forest Whitaker’s Rogue One character (who was featured prominently in the movie’s teaser trailer), though it’s rumored that Whitaker is playing someone who is not strictly a member of the Rebel Alliance, but has a long combat history that may extend back to the Clone Wars (hence his battle-scarred appearance and limp).




The Enforcer Droid K-250, who it seems is the motion-capture character being portrayed by Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Con Man) in Rogue One, is described as being a “Galactice Empire security droid,” complete with photoreceptor units, auditory sensors, and vocabuator. Plot-wise, the implication here appears to be that at some point during the Rogue One script by Chris Weitz (Cinderella (2015)) and Gary Whitta (After Earth), K-250 is captured and re-programmed by the Rebel Alliance to help the Rogue One squad in their mission to capture the Death Star’s plans (which are, no doubt, protected by extreme security measures).







The Rebel Starfighters in Rogue One are described as being Rebel starfighter vehicles that “balance speed with the firepower of proton torpedo launchers.” In addition to the classic A-wing and X-Wing design (the latter of which is seen below), that includes the U-Wing, featured above. Said vehicle includes laser canons, S-foil wing assembly abilities, and fusial thrust engines.



Above, we have the schematics to the original Death Star featured in Rogue One, complete with its Superlaser Focus Lens – one of the “most integral pieces” of the weapon capable of destroying entire planets. Rogue One costar Mads Mikkelsen has confirmed that he will be playing Jyn Erso’s father in the film, though rumor has it his character is also an Imperial scientist who perfected the original Genosian Death Star plans (glimpsed in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones). Thereafter, upon realizing what a terrible thing he’s actually done, Mikkelsen’s character reportedly attempts to atone for his sins by helping his daughter on her mission to capture the Death Star plans and uncover a weakness within its design.



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I can't quite describe why but this movie seems to have a darker and more sinister feeling to it than any of the other Star Wars movies. To me the lack of death and real anguish or sacrifice in this series takes away from the "real life" relate-ability of Star Wars. I always viewed this a a negative of the series. Yeah they are fun but it always seems fake if that makes any sense.

This movie based off the trailers seems to pull you in a little deeper, makes you feel the grit of what a real non sugar coated fairy tail day in the life would be. I like the fact it seems edgier.


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Rumor is this Vader will be the most violent one ever depicted on screen.

Someone from the team or on set has said he is decapitating fools and using the force to throw bodies in front of laser blasts as a human shield.

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i always liked the darker, more brutal vader that showed up in some of the books


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Apparently the movie is in big trouble. Big re-shoots coming.

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Uh oh. Big reshoots usually lead to continuity errors and awkward story jumps.

Look at:
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Hopes it better than that last abomination. I am a fan of the franchise...but the last one sucked.
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[B]Meet Saw Gerrera, an old-time insurgent from 'The Clone Wars'


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Meet the Rebel fighter who’s so extreme that the other good guys aren’t sure if he really is one.

Forest Whitaker’s character has been one of the more closely held secrets of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but Lucasfilm is ready now to make his identity official: this shadowy freedom-fighter is Saw Gerrera, a figure with a surprisingly deep background in galactic history.

The warrior — seen in the Rogue One trailer asking, “If you continue to fight, what will you become?” — was actually first seen in season 5 of The Clone Wars animated series, when he was a young man on the planet Onderon, unleashing guerilla combat on the droid army of Separatists who took over his world.

Along with his sister, Steela, he fought alongside Darth Vader — back when the Sith lord was just an impetuous young Jedi named Anakin Skywalker. In the episode A War on Two Fronts, which aired in October 2012, Saw and Steela were part of an insurgent group being unofficially trained by Anakin, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the padawan Ahsoka Tano.

While it wouldn’t be right to spoil what happens to their characters in that story arc, which can be caught up with now on Netflix, suffice to say that Saw pays a steep cost for his resistance, and remains mistrustful of any authority except his own for the rest of his days. There never will be a peacetime for him.

In the show, Saw was voiced by Andrew Kishino, and Whitaker’s appearance has some subtle homages to The Clone Wars character. The eyes are different — the animated show featured vivid aquamarine eyes, while Whitaker’s are brown — but they maintained the scar that slices up over his left eye. (In the cartoon, it bisects the eyebrow, but in the live-action film, the cut arches just above it.) In this new image of Whitaker, he also looks fairly different than what we first saw in the trailer. Here, he has a full head of hair, while in the previous footage he was shaved.

By the time Rogue One takes place, just before the events of 1977’s original Star Wars, more than two decades have passed since the events of Revenge of the Sith. As played by The Last King of Scotland Oscar-winner, Whitaker’s Saw Gerrera is bulkier, more battle-hardened with the years, and maybe a little shellshocked. He has continued to fight; and, as he suggested in the trailer, he has become something — and it’s not quite a hero. Rather, he’s a man who has tried to do the right thing by occasionally doing questionable things.

“Consider him kind of a battered veteran who leads a band of Rebel extremists,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy tells EW. “He’s on the fringe of the Rebel Alliance. Even [they] are a little concerned about him.”

One reason we saved his reveal until now, in addition to him having a deeper backstory than the other new characters, is that Saw is an ally to the Rebel squad in Rogue One, but he’s not really one of them. “He’s off on his own,” Kennedy says.

In Claudia Gray’s recent Leia-centric novel Star Wars: Bloodline, set approximately midway between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the princess-turned-politician is confronted by a rival who challenges her on the “terrorist tactics of the Rebel Alliance,” specifically citing “the campaigns of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans.”

For Rogue One, they needed a character on the borderline, someone who would represent the extreme end of the fight against the Emperor. Producer John Knoll’s idea was to show how the Death Star is a threat that pulls the disparate Rebel factions into a place of unity. The Lucasfilm story group plucked Saw Gerrera from Clone Wars history as a good candidate for a radical.

“The Death Star is the event that sort of pulls everybody into a place of unity, and prior to that it’s a little bit more divided. Who are at the different ends of that spectrum?” says Kiri Hart, Lucasfilm’s head of story development.

It was also a way to incorporate a character created by George Lucas, who has stepped back from Star Wars storytelling after selling Lucasfilm to Disney, but was deeply involved in The Clone Wars series with executive producer Dave Filoni (now overseeing the animated Rebels show).

Hart and fellow story group member Pablo Hidalgo were among those knew some of the as-yet-unseen character storylines that Lucas had in mind, and Saw’s fit right in with what they needed for Rogue One.

In that way, Saw Gerrera’s part in this movie could be called — destiny.



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Nope. Still has the sleepy eye.
Probably a prosthetic piece ... or just a camera angle.

Happened to be watching "Bloodsport" last night and it occurred to me how many damn movies the guy's been in over 30 years w/o me realizing.

Of course save for that unfortunate appearance in "The Crying Game."

Damn Forest ... damn.



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Nope. Still has the sleepy eye.
Probably a prosthetic piece ... or just a camera angle.

Happened to be watching "Bloodsport" last night and it occurred to me how many damn movies the guy's been in over 30 years w/o me realizing.

Of course save for that unfortunate appearance in "The Crying Game."

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This is easily looking like it may be the second best SW movie ever made.
Empire Strikes Back
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