Before the fans at Star Wars Celebration in London (or those streaming the panel around the world) laid eyes on the new poster and behind the scenes reel for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’, they had the opportunity to check out some costumes from the film on the convention floor. But the display for Gareth Edwards’ upcoming tale from a galaxy far, far away offered more than a closer look at the gear sported by Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, and more. There were plenty of new details about the characters in the movie as well.
Earlier today, Entertainment Weekly shared a few shots from the ‘Rogue One’ display featuring costumes and various vehicles that can be seen in the movie. While it is definitely very cool to get up close and personal with these items, the real interesting bits can be found in the descriptions that accompanied them. But before we get there, check out the photos in the gallery below:
The first thing worth noting is the surprising inclusion of a character from the original trilogy. Sure, we already know about James Earl Jones reprising the iconic role of Darth Vader, but another member of the Empire is expected to join him as well. In the blurb included with the model of the nearly completed Death Star, though it is under the supervision of Mendelssohn’s Director Orson Krennic in ‘Rogue One’, it mentions that the base was the brainchild of Grand Moff Tarkin, the high ranking Imperial officer was played by Peter Cushing. According to EW, Tarkin’s presence will supposedly be felt in the film in some way despite the fact that Cushing died in 1994. With the technology available in this day and age, it’s certainly not impossible. It will just be interesting to see how it’s done.
In addition to this revelation about Grand Moff Tarkin, we learned more about Baze Malbus and Chirrut Imwe, the Rebel soldiers played by Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen. Previously, it was revealed that Yen’s Imwe was a blind warrior monk who believes that all things are connected by the Force. But in describing Malbus, it appears that Chirrut’s spirituality covers both himself and his companion. As the description reads, “The harsh reality of his Imperial-occupied home world has hardened Baze Malbus into a pragmatic soldier and a crack shot with his heavy repeater cannon. Baze has bravado that provides a marked contrast to the spiritual centeredness of his best friend and moral compass, Chirrut Imwe.”
Finally, while describing Jones’ character Jyn Erso, EW includes some very interesting wording. They call her “a reluctant Rebel infiltrator” before going on to say that her father (played by Mads Mikkelsen) possessed the knowledge to complete the Death Star. Does that mean that she’s reluctant about infiltrating the Empire to steal the plans for the Death Star? Or does it mean that she’s reluctant to infiltrate the Rebellion itself? Based on what we’ve heard so far, Jyn is a Rebel through and through. Though she’s more accustomed to working alone, this team mission helps her find a higher purpose. But which side does that higher purpose benefit? After all, we know that a second Death Star comes into play eventually.
What do you think about the costumes from ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’? Are you curious about the details included in their descriptions? And do you think that Jyn Erso is actually a spy for the Empire? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments.
‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ starring Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, and Jiang Wen infiltrates theaters on December 16th, 2016.