Back in January, it was announced that a trio of actors from the cult action classic The Raid: Redemption had joined Star Wars: The Force Awakens. At the time, it wasn't revealed who they would be playing. But just a few short months later, we would get our first look at these characters courtesy of a Millennium Flacon LEGO set and its mini-figs. Now, we have complete confirmation on who two of these three actors are playing.
Thanks to a Force Awakens tie-in book, we get our first look at Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian in character. They are playing Kanjiklub Gang Members. First up is Tasu Leech, played by Yayan Ruhian, whose mini-fig was included with the Falcon playlet and has been on store shelves since September. He appears to be the gang's leader. Iko Uwais is playing Razoo Quin-Fee. Though we can't glean too much new information about the characters from the small print, we do get this passage from director J.J. Abrams as to way the pair was cast.
"I was just a fan. It was an opportunity. I knew we needed people for this one sequence that would be particularly fun to see a group of people work together. It was simply just as I had seen John Boyega in Attack the Block and thought 'how cool would it be to work with that guy one day?' And the opportunity arose and it worked out. And opportunity arose for this and I thought 'God, I wonder if the dudes from The Raid would be available?' And to my amazement, and they were willing, and they were incredible. They showed up and did a terrific job."
It is speculated that the smaller picture of the one unnamed character is Cecep Arif Rahman, the third actor from The Raid: Redemption appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But that has not been confirmed at this time. From the photos, we do get a good look at some of the weapons used by this gang. And if you look really close, you may notice that Tasu Leech is standing inside the Millennium Falcon. Before the Falcon Lego set appeared, it had already been rumored that there was a new owner of Han Solo and Chewbacca's iconic ship, and when we're reintroduced to them here, some thirty years after we last saw them in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Han and Chewy are trying to get their baby back. Hence, the line, 'Chewy, we're home.' It has long been speculated that the Kanjiklub are the ones who are in possession of the Falcon at the start of the movie.
It sounds as though they only have one scene in the movie. But we can expect that it delivers some The Raid: Redemption style action. Though, we're not sure how the 70 year-old Han Solo keeps up with them. You can take a look at Tasu and Razoo in the embedded Tweet below. What do you think? Cool names? Cool dudes? Or is this cramping your Star Wars vibe? Let us know in the comments below.