Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is right around the corner, and the past few weeks have brought much excitement for fans. Lucasfilm recently set the world premiere date, and just yesterday it was announced that U.S. moviegoers would be able to pre-order their tickets on November 28, 2016. Meanwhile, the marketing campaign continues in full force, with a bevy of TV spots showcasing all the action, humor, and drama viewers would want out of a Star Wars film.
Though Rogue One features the return of famed villain Darth Vader, the new characters have been the primary focus of the advertising. As the spinoff's release date draws closer, audiences are learning more than ever about heroine Jyn Erso and her compelling backstory, but she's not going to be able to steal the Death Star plans by herself. She has a full team of Rebels to lend a helping hand, and some of those allies are the subject of new images.
Empire had two new photos from the film, the first of which depicts pilot Bodhi Rook interacting with some shady-looking figures on what is most likely Jedha. One of these is Edrio Two Tubes, a mercenary who desires to strike back against the Imperials. Per his character description from San Diego Comic-Con 2016, Edrio is aligned with Saw Gerrera's resistance group. It's plausible that Bodhi is looking to recruit more people to the Alliance's cause in this scene. Check it out below:
Ahmed also spoke with the magazine, sharing more details about Bodhi. "He's just a guy," the actor says. "An everyman who finds himself thrust into the middle of historic events. He's someone who is disconcerted by what they're up against. It makes his decisions and choices much braver." Rook should be one of the more interesting elements of Rogue One, as he is a former member of the Empire who shifts allegiances after realizing the error of his ways. Imperials defecting has been a common theme in the new canon (see: Finn, Wedge Antilles in Star Wars Rebels), so it isn't surprising to see it pop up again in the new movie. It'll be interesting to see how Bodhi's knowledge of the Empire benefits the Rebellion during their mission.
The second picture is of Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus, two fiercely loyal friends with differing viewpoints on the Force. Chirrut is a blind warrior who strongly believes in the hokey religion, while Baze has a mindset similar to Han Solo in A New Hope. That dynamic should surely lead to some fun character moments between the two. Based on the footage shown so far, most of the group seems to buy into the concept of the Force by the end (Jyn's "May the Force be with us" line), so perhaps Baze becomes enlightened at some point during the conflict. Star Wars is known for having memorable supporting characters, and this duo could easily endear themselves to fans:
Yen told Empire that Rogue One was by far the grandest canvas he's worked on in his career, saying, "I have never been on sets with so much resource." Disney and Lucasfilm clearly do not take their tentpoles lightly and want to make sure they do everything they can to deliver a visually-stunning and epic big screen experience for the holiday season. Rogue One seems to have some of the most intense set pieces in the franchise to date, but the series has always been more about the characters coming together to overcome impossible odds. It looks like director Gareth Edwards has tapped into that aspect, meaning Rogue One is poised to be a rewarding trip to the galaxy far, far away.