Over-analyzing The Star Wars Rogue One Cast Picture

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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:

Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
Star Wars: Rogue One
L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen
Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley
©Lucasfilm 2016

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.

The Set:

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.

Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
Star Wars: Rogue One
L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen
Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley
©Lucasfilm 2016
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If the lichen covered stone block fits…

Trevor Monk ( @CardingtonSheds) has recently posted some more images of the set being built in the shed.

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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.

Felicity Jones:

Front and center is Felicity Jones. The presumptive star of this ensemble cast and the first cast member officially announced.

Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
No rank or name insignia present but if you notice the two strips on both sides of her jacket, there is a place for them. Possibly the commander of our group of Rebels.
Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
A closer look at Ms. Jones
Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
It looks like she has two items on her belt holster. A blaster and what looks like the rubberized grip of a flashlight, stun baton or some other weapon.

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.

 

Riz Ahmed:

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.

Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
Riz working on what looks like a backpack communications unit in front of a larger bit of tech. Could he be using it to slice into an Imperial data network or to transmit some stolen plans?
Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
Lots of gear in his pockets and sleeves.
Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
Notice the plainly visible Imperial Cog.

Diego Luna:

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?

Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016

Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016

Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016

 

JIANG WEN:

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.

Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
Armor on chest, one shoulder, wrists, hands, thigh and knee. The rings around his wrists makes me wonder if his suit may have double as a space suit with a helmet and gloves.
Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
The odd 5 items and the rectangular item with circle in the middle of it are odd. I wonder if these are explosives and a timer or transmitter. Also notice the red cylinder over his shoulder. I would guess a grenade launcher.
Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
He his leaning on the butt of a weapon which clearly has an armored tube of some sort connecting the gun to his back. Could be a flame thrower or some sort of heavy blaster.
A rather large item on his  right hip that I cannot identify.
A rather large item on his right hip that I cannot identify.

Donnie Yen:

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.

Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
Black garb with red accents. What pretty clearly looks like a shoulder fired rocket launcher on his back. Possibly a stormtrooper utility belt across his chest. Very interesting piece of wrist armor which could be a mini-blaster or host a mini-rocket.
Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
Donnie is clearly wearing contacts which make his normally dark eyes a very clouded looking blue hue in this picture. I would suggest this means his character could be blind. Others have suggested this may mean he has cybernetic eyes. But if they are cybernetic why would you make them to appear like this?
Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
He is carrying a very interesting wooden staff with a metal segment in the middle and the top. Could we be dealing with a Zatoichi Sword situation here?

The Extras:

Out of focus, these guys get no love.

Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
Don’t mind him, he is just fixing some gear.
Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
Could be bigfoot or a cast member. Too blurry to tell.
Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
Nap time?
Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
Had to use the refresher very badly apparently.

The Props:

Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
Lose a spare engine?
Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
Are the Rebels fielding a pod racing team?
Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
Talk about a mystery box. There is an eye piece at the top that makes me think this is some sort of odd scanner.
Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
Is this the lid to a case of detonators? Looks like it.
Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
Potentially Felicity’s backpack rig.
Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
Probably Donnie Yen’s backpack
Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
Riz’ high-tech looking backpack I assume. Looks like a comm antenna on the side his hand is touching.
Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
No idea what these are, torpedoes of some sort?
Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
Another look.

Did I miss anything? Do you have any theories I haven’t addressed? Let us known on Twitter @Rebelsreport

 

 

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