EW has given us an amazing new look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with a cover story that provides us with a barrage extensive details and images that come directly to us from the film’s director, Gareth Edwards. We’re given an upclose and personal look at many of the characters including Darth Vader, Chirrut Imwe, Cassian Andor, Frennic and many others as well as some of the vehicles that are being used in the story.
Amongst some of the new details that are revealed, we learn that the Emperor has had created a massive energy field that envelopes an entire planet. There’s a lot of really great stuff in this article and to top it all off, the issue comes in two different collectible covers. NICE!
Despite everything that is new to us in this film, Darth Vader (again voiced by James Earl Jones) is back on the big screen! But this time he’s no just interested in taking down the rebels. He’s also goy his gaze fixed on someone within the Empire. And that someone would be Imperial special weapons director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn). “There are military men who are interested in a really effective piece of military hardware, and Darth Vader is a little bit beyond that, right?” revealed Lucasfilm’s head of story development, Kiri Hart . “He’s tapped into something on another level, on a spiritual level. So, that’s part of the fun of Vader in the context of the Imperial Military. He’s got a broader perspective.”
While there may not actually be any Jedi in the film, Donnie Yen’s Chirrut Imwe will be as close as we will come to one as his character fills the void and assumes the role of the elder who clings to his faith and becomes a beacon of hope. “Something that’s a very obvious departure on this picture is that we really have no Jedi,” Knoll says. “This takes place in a time that’s after the Jedi purge in Episode III and before Obi-Wan reemerges and starts training Luke, and before Yoda gets involved. So this is a dark time when things are very bleak and the Jedi have not come back.”
There’s an old adage that states, it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. And I think that Knoll recognizes the importance of this adage and subscribes to it when he states, “In that era, there are still brave people who are doing heroic acts, who don’t have those Force powers, who still fight and die for the cause of good. And I think, I want to hear some of those stories. What are these people who are the more ordinary citizens of the galaxy who see outrageous acts occurring and feel like they have to take up arms against the status quo to, you know, fight for good.”
Especially reminiscent of the original trilogy, Rogue One is unmistakably an underdog story. The Empire is just that, in every sense of the word. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain while the rebels are no more than a ragtag group whose greatest weapons are their tenacity and resilience. In this image, we see an exhausted Jyn Erso aboard a starship with the blind Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen) and fellow squad member and machine-gunner Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen) departing from a skirmish on storm-stricken world of Eadu.
“In many ways, the Rebels don’t have a leg to stand on,” Jones explains. “They’re a motley crew, they all have had difficult backgrounds. They’re all outsiders in some way, and they’re coming together to fight something far bigger than them, more efficient. The Empire is wealthier, and it has everything the Rebels don’t, so the odds are definitely stacked against them.”
Captain Cassian Andor, on right, (Diego Luna), a veteran spy for the Rebellion who has a network of informants throughout the galaxy who act as watchdogs on all activities of the Empire, has a heated conversation with Tivik (Daniel Mays). Tivik is a member of Saw Gerrera’s (Forest Whitaker)insurgent group and informant for Andor from the moon of Jedha.
Krennic is in the hot seat because there’s a lot riding on this new project he’s heading called the Death Star. It’s his baby. And, to make matters a little more stressful, he’s behind schedule and this makes the The Emperor a little hot under the hood. So what does The Emperor do, he send in his best man to get the project back on schedule. And who would that man be, that’s right, it’s none other than Darth Vader. We all know that Vader isn’t impressed with the “technological terror” that Krennic has created, but it seems like he’s having his doubts about Krennic as well.
Let’s face it, when it comes to The Force, Vader is a company man and when it comes to anything or anyone other than The Force boasting great power, Vader is just not so quick to jump onboard. “Here is the thing about Krennic: his perspective obviously is that of a person who doesn’t understand the Force,” says Hart. “And Darth Vader comes at everything from the perspective of understanding the Force. So that I think is the thing that you see sort of separating Darth Vader from other characters with regards to a super weapon like this.”
Riz Ahmed is Bodhi Rook, a pilot from the Force-sacred world of Jedha who carries a lot of baggage in terms of anxiety and guilt. Originally enlisted into Imperial forces, decided he wasn’t digging it, went AWOL and joined the Rebellion. Rogue One director Gareth Edwards described how the character evolved during the shooting, “He talked to me about some kind of ideas he had. He spoke about Dennis Hopper in Apocalypse Now. He spoke about Dustin Hoffman in Papillon,”
Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), scientist and father of Jyn Erso, has a strong, tumultuous connection to Krennic. An expert at manipulating kyber crystals which are the key element in the construction of a lightsaber blade, Galen’s work was once sponsored by Krennic himself and a friendship, of sorts, was formed. The friendship would come full circle when Galen refused to work on Krennic’s weapon of planetary destruction and fled his world to the planet Lah’mu. The Imperial weapons chief would then send his Deathtrooper commandos to hunt down his former friend and capture Galen.
“It’s meant to be a fairly secluded world,” says Swartz. “We shot it in Iceland, at a place where there’s beautiful black sand and green mountains poking through. The family went into hiding to a world where you wouldn’t normally have a farm, but that’s as far as they could get from Galen’s past life.”
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story flies onto movie screens on December 16, 2016.
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