Even though Star Wars: The Force Awakens impressed with its use of practical aliens, some fans thought many were goofy looking and a bit cartoonish, which definitely falls inline with what we saw in the original trilogy. But the somewhat surreal nature of these alien species is going to be toned down in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. At least according to Creature Supervisor Neal Scanlan.
Speaking with MTV, Scanlan described his approach to the aliens in this first of many planned spinoffs. The movie is actually set right before the events seen in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, with a group of Rebels stealing plans to the dreaded Death Star. Perhaps some of the Cantina favorites will pop-up, but it sounds like they may be getting a slight makeover.
"Working with Gareth now on Rogue One, he sees these aliens as being much more part of the human [world]. They co-habitate, they work together and so it's pushed us very much to create characters that are more realistic. They move more realistically, they're able to emote more than maybe the characters that we did for The Force Awakens. So they're a closer part of the storytelling. They're less of the world, and they're more of this group who have a mission, and play a part in that."
Thus far, no character names have been officially announced for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, though it has been speculated that Alan Tudyk may be playing one of these new alien creations. That speculation was fueled by the fact that he did not appear in the first official cast photo. This idea of having alien creatures involved in the storyline also hints that some sort of Star Wars Rebels crossover is being planned, as aliens serve as main characters in that Disney animated series, and it takes place in roughly the same timeline.
Neal Scanlan went onto note that working with Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams was much different than his experiences on set with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards. He says that, of the 112 aliens and droids used in the latest sequel, most were simplistic, which made sense, as they were seen on screen for mere seconds. Its a complete 360 on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
If nothing else, Neal Scanlan offers more of a sense of what we can expect from this first spinoff, which sounds like it is utilizing a cast of alien and humans working side-by-side, and because of that, the production process has been more complicated. What do you think? Does this make you more excited for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story than you were a minute ago? Sounds off with your comments below.