Yesterday we got our first look at some of the cast in costume and on set for the first anthology film, Rogue One. Today we break out our magnifying glass and break down what we can find in the photograph.
First the photo:
The image features five of the nine announced cast members. Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen, and Donnie Yen. Also pictured in the background are what appear to be three unnamed extras.
Not pictured but confirmed for the film are Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Madds Mikkelsen, and Alan Tudyk.
One would presume that the characters in the picture are all hero characters, and since they are not pictured I would assume Mendelsohn, Whitaker, and Mikkelsen are all playing Imperials. There is no guaranteeing that but the first three are all experiences at playing the antagonist in films and television. Interestingly Alan Tudyk is revealed to be playing a performance-capture character in the film. In addition to his on camera work Tudyk has extensive voice over work in TV and film. Tudyk could be playing an alien or droid of some sort, but we can’t really guess at what side of the battle lines his character could fall on.
Now the set pretty loudly screams Massassi Temple on Yavin IV to me. The set up for this would be pretty easy in the film, i.e. this group is in effect a special forces rebel unit who are at Yavin IV at the beginning of the film, they gear up and are briefed there before going on the mission. It could also be explicitly listed in their orders to not return to Yavin IV in case they are pursued or could be tracked. So they are supposed to get the plans beam them to the Tantive IV, Leia will then take them to Bail, who will then distribute them to the Rebels on Yavin and elsewhere in some untraceable fashion. There are some hints that Yavin IV will appear in the film, the strongest of which are the construction of a facade inside one of the Cardington Sheds in the UK.
Trevor Monk ( @CardingtonSheds) has recently posted some more images of the set being built in the shed.
It certainly looks like the makings of Yavin to me, so that being settled lets move on to the characters we see in the image.
Front and center is Felicity Jones. The presumptive star of this ensemble cast and the first cast member officially announced.
I love the costume design we see here. There is some Han Solo to it and it is a solidly functional outfit that you would expect a female Rebel operative to be wearing. No obvious armor would be my only concern but there maybe some she adds or uses a different outfit when she is expecting combat.
Every mission needs its communications or tech expert and on first impressions it looks like that is what Riz Ahmed may be for the Rebels in Rogue One. The curious thing is that he is wearing an Imperial jumpsuit. Could he be going undercover or an Imperial defector who just never changed outfits? I am betting on undercover.
Diego looks ready for some business in this picture. He also looks to be reinforcing that space is cold. If you look closely at his outfit it looks like his shirt is similar to Luke’s Bespin outfit while his jacket and gloves are similar to Han’s Hoth gear.
The other thing that really jumps out is the serious looking blaster rifle he is holding. Could he be the team’s sniper?
This dude means business. He looks to be the heavy weapons/demolitions specialist of the group. He has mor armor and bigger guns than anyone else we see. His chest/shoulder armor is interesting.
Now this is the character design that has me most intrigued. His garb is the least similar to what we have seen among the Rebels so far, his eyes have an interesting cloudiness to them and he has some very cool accessories.
Out of focus, these guys get no love.
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