Following Entertainment Weekly's front cover reveal and confirmation of Darth Vader's appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, more information has been released regarding the film's key characters. EW has disclosed character profiles of Rogue One's principal cast members. Check them out:
Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones)
Lucasfilm president and Rogue One producer Kathleen Kennedy has described Jyn as having "a checkered past." She went on to say that Jyn has been detained [by the Rebellion] and is being given an opportunity to be useful. And by being useful, it may commute her sentence… She's a real survivor. She becomes a kind of Joan of Arc in the story."
Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna)
Captain Cassian Andor is more of the Obi-Wan Kenobi mould, as he is a by-the book Rebel intelligence officer. Kiri Hart, Lucasfilm's chief of story development spoke about his personality further "He conveys a fair amount of experience and the reality of what it's like to do this every day, to try to figure out how to resist the Empire effectively and intelligently, it's not easy."
Galen Erso (Mads Mikklesen)
Jyn's estranged father possesses doomsday knowledge that is sought by both the Empire and the Rebellion. "He's one of those people that has insight into you know specific aspects of just how the universe works," says Hart. On the relationship between Galen and his daughter, Hart went on to say "The circumstances of how the family got to the state that it's in is something that we probably don't want to share right now," Hart says. Strikingly, Lucasfilm has yet to reveal an on-screen image of his character.
Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen)
Pronounced chi-RUT, he is devoted to Jedi ways, but himself is no jedi. He has used the spiritual powers to overcome his blindess. "Chirrut falls into the category of being a warrior monk," says Kennedy. "He very much still believes in everything the Jedi were about." He maintains that belief even though the Jedi are no longer there to protect the galaxy.
Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen)
Heavily armored, Baze prefers the use of a blaster to a staff or lightsaber, yet is devoted to protecting his friend Chirrut at all costs. "He understands Chirrut's spiritual centeredness, but he doesn't necessarily support it," Kennedy says. Baze goes along with this Force business because "it's what his friend deeply believes," she adds.
Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed)
Bodhi is this Rebel squad's lead pilot. "He flies a lot of cargo, one of his key jobs," Kennedy says. "And he tends to be a little tense, a little volatile, but everybody in the group really relies on his technical skills."
K-2SO (Alan Tudyk)
This towering, powerful security droid is described by Edwards as "the antithesis of C-3PO." In other words, he's tough, confident, not especially interested in "human/cyborg relations." "Kaytoo is a little bit like Chewbacca's personality in a droid's body," Edwards says. "He doesn't give a s--- about what you think. He doesn't fully check himself before he says things and does things. He just speaks the truth." Like Jyn, he's also seeking a bit of redemption for past wrongs.
Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn)
Orson Krennic is the principal villain of the piece. He is an ambitious Imperial Officer who intends to use his squad of Deathtroopers to crush rebel insurgent groups and gain favor with the Emperor, whilst simultaneously avoiding the wrath of his enforcer, Darth Vader. "The bad guy is a lot more terrifying when he's really smart, and really effective," says Knoll. "There is a lot of palace intrigue going on in the Empire, with people conspiring to move up the ranks and sabotaging each other. There's not a lot of loyalty there."
Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker)
Forest Whitaker will play a Rebel, Saw Gerrera, who debuted inthe Ondero arc on the TV series, Star Wars: Clone Wars. Kathleen Kennedy described Saw as a "battered veteran, who leads a band of Rebel extremists." She went on to say, "He's on the fringe of the Rebel Alliance, even they're concerned about him". You can read more details about Whitaker's character here.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16, 2016.