Earlier today, Entertainment Weekly unveiled the cover for this week's print issue, which features the stars of Disney and LucasFilm's first Star Wars spinoff, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is set to hit theaters on December 16. There has already been plenty of talk about the reshoots that are happening this summer, but today we not only got a glimpse of EW's cover, but the publication has debuted nine character portraits, along with new details about each main character.
Entertainment Weekly's gallery starts with Felicity Jones' Jyn Erso, who has long been rumored to be the mother of Rey (Daisy Ridley) from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Those rumors have been shot down for quite some time, but these new character details reveal that Jyn and Rey have some things in common. Jyn has been on her own since she was 15, who has fighting skills and knowledge of the underworld that is a vital resource to the Rebel Alliance. Here's what producer Kathleen Kennedy had to say about Jyn Erso.
"She's got a checkered past. She 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."
The next character is Diego Luna's Captain Cassian Andor. He is described as a "by-the-book Rebel intelligence officer," who is tasked with reigning in the "volatile" Jyn Erso. Andor has seen plenty of combat, and while he's described as "committed, steady and practical," it's also said that he's "no square. Here's what Kiri Hart, Lucasfilm's chief of story development, had to say in her statement about Andor.
"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."
Donnie Yen plays Chirrut Imwe, a character who isn't actually a Jedi knight, but believes in their ways. He has used his spirituality to overcome his blindness and become 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." Riz Ahmed's Bodhi Rook is the lead pilot of this Rebel squad, who is described as hot-headed and volatile but incredibly skilled as a pilot. We also get a new look at the droid K-2SO, voiced by Alan Tudyk, who director Gareth Edwards revealed is nothing like the droids we've previously seen in the Star Wars universe.
"Kaytoo is a little bit like Chewbacca's personality in a droid's body. 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."
These details also finally confirm a long-held rumor that Mads Mikkelsen's character is actually Jyn's father, Galen Erso. As previously rumored, Galen Erso is said to be the galactic version of nuclear bomb inventor J. Robert Oppenheimer, whose knowledge is sought by both the Empire and the Rebels. Here's what Kiri Hart had to say about this character, although we don't get to see a look at this character in full costume.
"He's one of those people that has insight into you know specific aspects of just how the universe works. 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."
We also get a look at Ben Mendelsohn's Director Orson Krennic, an Imperial leader who uses his squad of Deathtroopers to wipe out the resistance to get in the good graces of the Emperor, while avoiding Darth Vader, who is said to be his "enforcer." The final character revealed in these photos is Forest Whitaker's unnamed character, who will be revealed in detail later today. While we wait for more on Rogue One, check out the character portraits below.