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Star Wars: Rogue One's cast of heroes and villains revealed (update)

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Here's what you need to know about who you need to know

Entertainment Weekly has released new details on the cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Storyout this December. Among the round-up are the names and bios of several characters, including confirmation that protagonist Jyn Erso is the latest Star Wars hero with dad problems.

A leaked story guide last month revealed several of these names, but Entertainment Weekly both confirms and expounds upon the characters. Here's the latest on who's who in Rogue One:

  • Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones): Living independently since she was 15, Jyn's "got a checkered past," according to producer Kathleen Kennedy. At the start of the film, she'll be serving a sentence with the Rebellion.
  • Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen)The actor previously hinted that he'd be playing the father of Jyn, and Entertainment Weekly says that the pair are estranged. Galen is all-knowing and desperately wanted by the Empire and the Rebellion. Lucasfilm is keeping his official look under wraps.
  • Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn): This Imperial leader is after the Rebels, but he's also hoping to avoid the wrath of his boss, Darth Vader. Instead, he's hoping to keep the Emperor happy.
  • Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna): Captain Andor is an intelligence officer and Erso's keeper at the Revel camp.
  • Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen): He's not quite a Jedi, although the warrior monk shares many of their spiritual qualities. He's also blind, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming a force to be reckoned with.
  • Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen): Baze is best buddies with Chirrut, proving that opposites attract. Kennedy told Entertainment Weekly that he is more physical, less spiritual.
  • Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed): He's the lead pilot of the squad at the center of the film. He's both technical and volatile.
  • K-2S0 (Alan Tudyk): He's the opposite of C-3P0, director Gareth Edwards said. Nicknamed "Kaytoo," he's not here to make friends with humans, but to redeem his own sordid past.
  • Forrest Whitaker's character remains without a name, but Entertainment Weekly hints that true Star Wars fans will recognize it once it's announced. More will be revealed soon — later today, in fact. We'll have more once the truth is out.

Update: Forrest Whitaker will play Saw Gerrera, who first appeared in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. A younger version of the character was seen fighting alongside Anakin Skywalker's rebel troop in several fifth season episodes. When we see him on the big screen, Gerrera will be more than 20 years older and angrier, standing as a major radical.


Why doesn't anyone remember the Jedi in The Force Awakens?