The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story news just keeps coming, and after introducing us to the principal cast and dropping some knowledge about Darth Vader’s role in the film, Entertainment Weekly has revealed a gallery of brand new photos, including new shots of Director Orson Krennic and his elite squad of Deathtroopers.
The sleek black armor of the Deathtrooper squad is a stark contrast to the gleaming white of the Stormtroopers. These guys are tasked with hunting down and exterminating rebels, and I’m guessing their aim is much deadlier than their more-recognizable counterparts.
No, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) isn’t switching sides and joining the Empire, she’s just undercover inside an Imperial facility as the Rebels put their plans into motion.
Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) commands the Deathtroopers, but he’s also in charge of security for the Death Star project, which puts him into direct conflict with our Rebel spies. He’s also a master manipulator, intent on rising through the ranks of the Empire. “He understands the system and he knows how things work,” says Lucasfilm head of story development Kiri Hart. “But he also is not above trying to bend it to get what he needs or what he thinks he wants.”
Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen) is a blind warrior monk, and Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen) is his battle-ready companion and protector. Producer Kathleen Kennedy considers them Rogue One’s version of C-3PO and R2-D2, although much more capable of defending themselves in open combat.
This is a precursor to one of the film’s major battle sequences, which takes place “on a world that might resemble a relaxing seaside holiday destination if not for its proximity to the Death Star.”
The name of this particular planet has not yet been revealed, but director Gareth Edwards considers is a sort of intergalactic vacation spot. “There’s this sort of South Pacific, tropical paradise planet that subconsciously leads into some of the imagery associated with World War II. We went to lots of different places around the world, and one of them was the Maldives. When you’re shooting Stormtroopers in paradise, you have the best job in the world, you know?”
This is my personal favorite shot, a Deathtrooper surveying the landscape while clutching a Stormtrooper action figure that the filmmakers promise will hold a special significance in the narrative.
Here’s a better look at K2-SO, the security droid portrayed (via motion capture) by Alan Tudyk. “He has a very dry delivery,” Edwards says. “He doesn’t realize what he’s saying is very funny.” Still hoping his personality is modeled after HK-47.
Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed) is the Rebel Alliance’s lead pilot. Tense, volatile and very experiences, he’ll be a key factor in the fight against the Empire.
This behind-the-scenes conversation between Edwards and some of his team showcases the diversity in the cast of Rogue One, which is meant to reflect the fact that the Star Wars galaxy is filled with a huge variety of races from different worlds.
This new collection of photos offers our best look yet at Rogue One, but I’ve got a feeling we won’t be waiting much longer for some new footage. Star Wars Celebration is just a few weeks away, and that seems like a prime location for Lucasfilm to unveil a brand new trailer, much like they did last year with The Force Awakens.
In the meantime, you can head over to EW to continue reading up on their extensive coverage. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters on December 18.
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