In the past few days, there has been a steady stream of news about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story being released. Yesterday came word that Darth Vader would be in the film with conjoining news today that he would be voiced by none other than James Earl Jones. Yesterday also revealed the names and descriptions of the characters that will be seen in the movie, namely those who will be stealing the plans to the Death Star and the man within the Empire who seeks to rise above the ranks.
But if that isn’t enough for you, if you want more Rogue One news to hold you over until a new trailer appears, then you are just in luck, because a handful of new images have been released. Check them all out below.
Once again, these images come to us from Entertainment Weekly, who has also been the outlet to release all the news about Darth Vader and the other characters. These images give us a look at the ground war tone that Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and director Gareth Edwards have been speaking about during the early parts of the film’s production.
As we can see, there is a new breed of Stormtrooper as well as traditional ones storming the beach. This is a tropical paradise-like planet with “imagery associated with World War II.” One of this new breed of Stormtroopers are called Deathtroopers, and in one of the images below we can clearly see him holding a Stormtrooper doll. The purpose of this doll is still not clear, but there is obviously more significance to this a collectible figurine.
For Ben Mendelsohn‘s Director Orson Krennic, Kiri Hart says that the character “understands the system and he knows how things work, but he also is not above trying to bend it to get what he needs or what he thinks he wants.” We know that he, like many others within the Empire, are “conspiring to move up the ranks and sabotaging each other.” But that he can also feel Vader breathing down his neck. “Tarkin is the model for these really cool, icy types, you know?” Hart says. “Krennic runs a little hotter than that, so that’s kind of fun and it’s a little bit different. … He is unpredictable and volatile.”
As for Baze (Jiang Wen) and Chirrut (Donnie Yen), they are characters that are inspired by the 1958 Akira Kurosawa adventure saga The Hidden Fortress — a movie that heavily influenced George Lucas in making the original Star Wars. Some may say they are like the Han Solo and Chewbacca of the film, while others would call the pair the C-3PO and R2-D2 of the group.
This would also be the first time that we see a full image of K-2SO (mo-capped by Alan Tudyk). He’s got immeasurable strength and is very blunt. “He has a very dry delivery,” Edwards says. “He doesn’t realize what he’s saying is very funny.”
The multiculturalism also plays a huge part in this film. Wen and Yen are of Asian descent, with Diego Luna being Mexican. Felicity Jones is English, and Tudyk is an American actor. “People are coming to the Rebellion because something has happened that has galvanized or politicized them,” says Hart. This was a conscious decision as it is reflective of the diversity of our own planet. It is “meant to reflect a galaxy filled with a wide variety of humans from many different worlds,” this also goes for aliens and droids.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16, 2016.