“Riz Ahmed, whose breakout role was in this year’s HBO drama The Night Of, stars in December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The new movie has the most diverse cast of any Star Wars film to date, also starring Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna, and Sharon Duncan-Brewster, to name just a few. Ahmed spoke about this diversity in a recent interview, and also provided some insight into his cargo pilot-turned-rebel character Bodhi.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter about The Night Of and Rogue One, Ahmed talked a bit about how he approached his character for the new Star Wars movie and gave him a pretty fantastic background story.
Bodhi is someone who’s been running away his whole life. His planet gets occupied, so he goes, ‘How do I get out of here?’ And the way was by becoming a long-distance cargo pilot. But, of course, that comes with guilt. If you look down and you’re wearing the same Imperial uniform with the same insignia that the people occupying your planet are wearing, it’s guilt and a lot of running away. I had the idea that this character is jittery. He’s jumpy. There’s a restlessness to him. This comes from the trauma and guilt.
THR then asked him how he felt about the fact that this is the most diverse cast of any Star Wars movie ever, to which he replied that he feels extremely positive.
I feel like Star Wars is leading the way. I like to think we are all heading in this direction. Some people are kicking and screaming or dragging their feet. Some people are sprinting. It’s really a credit to [Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy and the team there that they want to embrace the future and the reality of a global film market. It feels contemporary, it feels global. Culture is a space for us to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes, so why don’t we just have as many different kinds of shoes as possible..?”
“It’s four months and counting until the new “Star Wars” standalone film “Rogue One” premieres, and the excitement and anxiety aren’t waning — especially not after the new trailer that aired during the Olympics Thursday night.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” takes place in between the events of the third and fourth episodes, “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope.” It follows a Rebel Alliance mission to steal the plans to the Death Star before the Galactic Empire can use it for evil.
There’s no “Inception”-like horn in the new trailer, but there is plenty of imagery of the Death Star, Jedha (which is like the Mecca for believers of the Force), the modern C-3PO comic-relief droid, battles with blasters, and more.
Oh, and we have the first look at Darth Vader.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” hits theaters December 16. In the meantime, theorize with us about what all of these new images from the trailer mean…”
“The veil of mystery over Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was hitched up, just a little, at Star Wars Celebration Europe, when director Gareth Edwards took to the stage at the ExCeL London conference centre to reveal some behind the scenes footage of the film and a sneak peek at its first full-blooded trailer.
He was joined on stage by Felicity Jones, who plays Jyn Erso, the head of a Rebel Alliance team charged with stealing the plans to the original Death Star, and supporting stars Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Alan Tudyk, Mads Mikkelsen, who plays Jyn’s father Galen, Forest Whitaker, who plays her Jedi-trained mentor Saw Gerrera, and Ben Mendelsohn, who plays Imperial military director Orson Krennic and arrived in full costume flanked by an honour guard of gleaming Death Troopers.
Here are the six biggest new pieces of information the panel’s host, Gwendoline Christie – aka Captain Phasma from The Force Awakens – managed to winkle out of them:
Darth Vader’s definitely in it, and we’ve seen him, and he talks in the voice we already know and love
Gareth Edwards, Rogue One’s director, revealed that after the film wrapped in December he flew to New York with an engineer from Skywalker Sound to record James Earl Jones’s dialogue for the film. He describes the trip as an “early Christmas present,” joking: “I can’t tell you what role he plays in the film; I don’t want to give that away…”
Warning: This post will contain small spoilers for Vader’s role in Rogue One. if you’re trying to go in blind, it might be best to stop reading now.
Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president, told Entertainment Weekly a few key details about Vader’s return to the Star Wars universe. James Earl Jones, 85, will reprise his role as the voice of Vader while a new army of young actors walk around in the famous suit. Jones has been voicing Vader on Disney XD’s Star Wars: Rebels, but other actors have lent their talents to game and cartoon properties, imitating the voice Jones made famous in 1977.
Kennedy said that while Vader will be used sparingly on screen, he will appear in one of the most crucial moments of the film. As it stands, Rogue One takes place approximately 19 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, and Darth Vader still isn’t the menacing force that he eventually becomes in A New Hope. Instead, Vader is still trying to prove himself, and he’ll stand opposite Ben Mendelsohn’s Director Orson Krennic, the film’s main villain, to do just that…”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Storyis the next major film to be set in the vast universe of Disney’s shiny new Star Wars franchise. Being the first of Disney’s “Anthology” films — meaning those that are not part of the core trilogy kicked off by J.J. Abrams — Rogue One will be a standalone film taking place before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
The movie will feature a cast of entirely new characters, giving fans an unprecedented look into the veins that reside outside the main Skywalker artery. Directed by Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards, Rogue One is expected to be tonally and thematically distinct from the previous Star Wars films, telling a dire tale set during one of the most turbulent periods in the canon.
The film’s release date (December 16) is still months away, but there have been quite a few leaks and ongoing developments regarding Rogue One’s production. For Star Wars junkies everywhere, we’ve put together this guide of all the major news, rumors, and information you need to know about the film. We’ll also be updating the piece periodically as we learn new information. Oh, and please be aware this post contains major spoilers.If you wish to remain blissfully ignorant about the film, this is your last chance to turn back.
That said, if you’re the type who just has to know what’s happening,you’ve come to the right place…”
“The movie that took the world by storm is jumping from the silver screen to the comic page this June! Straight from a galaxy far, far away to the comic book page, Marvel is proud to bring you STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ADAPTATION #1 – the first chapter in an epic 6-issue limited series! From creators Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath) and Luke Ross (Hercules) – it’s been decades since the Rebel Alliance destroyed toppled the Galactic Empire.
But now, on the remote planet of Jakku, there’s been a stirring in the Force. A young scavenger named Rey, a deserting Stormtrooper named Finn, an ace pilot named Poe, and a dark apprentice named Kylo Ren. Their lives are about to collide.
The awakening is happening at your local comic shop this June with STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ADAPTATION #1!”
“It’s safe to say that the new “Star Trek Beyond” trailer has gone beyond its first teaser, which was heavily criticized by fans.
Paramount released a new look at the third film in the rebooted sci-fi franchise — five months after debuting the first trailer — at a fan event held at the Paramount Pictures studio lot in Hollywood on Friday.
It was also announced during the fan celebration that “Star Trek Beyond” will have its world premiere on July 20 during San Diego Comic-Con. Touted as the “first-ever outdoor Imax premiere,” the event will include appearances by the film’s cast and crew, and a live concert by the San Diego symphony orchestra.
“It’s not uncommon, you know? It’s easy to get lost in the vastness of space,” a character played by Shohreh Aghdashloo says in the trailer. “There’s only yourself, your ship, your crew.”
The new trailer is more plot-driven than action-packed — a point of contention for Trekkies back in December, promoting star and co-writer Simon Pegg to say he “didn’t love it” because “there’s a lot more to the film…”