EW Reveals New Details On Riz Ahmed's 'Rogue One' Character; Plus Film Details


With only two days to go until the highly anticipated release of what's being called the first offical trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Disney and Lucasfilm via Entertainment Weekly has revealed more cool details about the character Bodhi Rook.

Here's the excerpt from Entertainment Weekly:

"One of the inhabitants of this occupied territory (Jedha) is Bodhi Rook (played by The Night Of actor Riz Ahmed), who was conscripted to serve as a pilot for the Empire but defects to join the growing Rebellion.

Although he comes from a sacred world, and his name translates as “enlightenment” or “awakening” in the Buddhist faith, it doesn’t sound like there’s very much Zen about this character’s prickly, neurotic personality."

“A character like Bodhi is not born into the life of a soldier,” Ahmed says. “He’s a pilot working for the Empire, doing his job, getting on with it. But when you put ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, it can freak them out. It can inspire deep passions. So I’m gonna defend Bodhi.”

Here's what Riz Ahmed had to say about the more grounded feel of Rogue One:

"The feel of this film is quite rough and ready, and so is the mission and so are the characters, and so is the coming together of the characters. So the idea of people having special ships that they spit-shine and say, “Hey, this is my ship called the XYZ,” that’s not of this world. This world is more about “Grab what you can, and let’s roll … Everyone in this Star Wars movie has got quite a complex past. They have a lot of baggage and history to it. That’s part of what makes it an interesting, nuanced movie. It’s taking characters with interesting backgrounds, whether it’s warrior monks, or ex-assassins, or long-distance truck drivers, and you’re assembling this pack of misfits."

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to hit theaters on December 16th.