Whoops! That's about all that can be said in regards to actor Jiang Wen's offhanded comments made this weekend during the big Rogue One: A Star Wars Story panel. A huge warning must be declared before we venture into this territory. Though, if you watched the panel stream live to millions of disappointed fans, you may already know where this latest story is headed.
Perhaps it is hard to get emotionally invested in a character we've barely seen, know little about, and haven't really come to care about just yet in the same way we harbor affection for some of the more classic Star Wars characters. But when said character is played by fan-favorite martial artist Donnie Yen, you can expect audiences to be at least a little upset about his impending on-screen passing so early on in the spinoff franchise. The first trailer and images have shown us that Yen's Rebel soldier Chirrut Imwe will be fighting Stormtroopers, and some have already called him the breakout star. Apparently, Chirrut won't live to see another adventure unless that adventure takes place before the timeline set up in Rogue One.
Yes, apparently this newest addition to the official Star Wars canon is getting killed off at some point during Rogue One. And we know this because Yen's co-star Jiang Wen let the cat out of the bag. And it's a massive spoiler that will surely ruin some scenes of the movie for those hoping to go in fresh. You can see the actor let this major spoiler slip in the video below at the 22:20 mark. As you can see the accidental slip was done in front of a room full of the franchise's biggest fans. About Chirrut's untimely passing, he says this.
"And when this guy dead I do something better!"
Jiang Wen's slip of the tongue came while he was attempting to explain his new character Baze, and the relationship set up behind him and Yen's Chirrut. Gwendoline Christie, who was hosting the panel, and, as you probably know, plays Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens, was quick to cut the actor off and change the subject, hoping to save the moment. Also, you'll notice that co-star Alan Tudyk, who is sitting nearby, looks terrified. Are those Disney snipers we so often hear about truly sitting in the rafters? This is one of the biggest accidental spoilers to ever be revealed by an actor months before the movie comes out. And we're sure Wen got a stern talking to afterwards.
There's always the possibility that Yen's on-screen death is a fake out and that he comes back from the brink before end credits roll. As we've seen on the animated series, sometimes a dead character, like Darth Maul, can survive even a mid-section mutilation. We don't know how Chirrut bites the big one. Perhaps he'll suffer a fate not unlike Boba Fett, who crawled out of the Sarlacc Pit in events that happened after Return of the Jedi.
In Rogue One, Donnie Yen's Chirrut Imwe isn't actually a Jedi knight, but believes in their ways. He has used his spirituality to overcome his blindness and becomes a great warrior. He believes that there is still something greater out there protecting us, even though the Jedi order is no longer around. Here's what director Gareth Edwards had to say about this character.
"This idea that magical beings are going to come and save us is going away, and it's up to normal, everyday people to take a stand to stop evil from dominating the world."
Jiang Wen's Baze is said to be "devoted to helping his friend" Chirrut, even though he doesn't believe in the Jedi way. Much like Han Solo, he prefers a blaster to Chirrut's ancient weapons, and these two are described as a "galactic version of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza." You can take a look at the video of Jiang Wen spoiling the fate of Donnie Yen's character below thanks to Youtube.