16 New ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Images: Storm-Trooping the Beach

Just a few days ago saw Entertainment Weekly drop a bit of a surprise by giving us tons of new character and story details on Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Star Wars spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It also included the unsurprising confirmation that Darth Vader is making a return, as well as teasing us with more to come later in the week. Fast forward to now and EW has released a pretty hefty batch of new images from the film, providing some really, really cool new looks.

One of the better images is the closeup on Donnie Yen’s blind warrior monk Chirrut Imwe and his “rough-and-tumble” protector, Jiang Wen’s Baze Malbus. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy had this to say about their relationship:

“Like the original Star Wars, these characters owe a debt to the two peasants from a 1958 Akira Kurosawa adventure saga. They’re inspired, again, by what inspired George in The Hidden Fortress. You could even say to some extent it’s, you know, R2 and C-3PO, a little bit of that.”

There’s also a little update on those badass looking Deathtroopers, “who are tasked with hunting down and destroying the fragmented Rebel uprising.” So basically, they have one job and one job only, while the Stormtrooper’s are more “ground soldier” type. And continuing with the bad guy theme, here’s even more details on Ben Mendelsohn’s villainous Director Orson Krennic:

“He understands the system and he knows how things work, but he also is not above trying to bend it to get what he needs or what he thinks he wants,” says Kiri Hart, Lucasfilm’s head of story development. Krennic is intended to be a contrast to Imperial officers we’ve seen before, like Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin. “Tarkin is the model for these really cool, icy types, you know?” Hart says. “Krennic runs a little hotter than that, so that’s kind of fun and it’s a little bit different. … He is unpredictable and volatile.”

Check out the new batch of images below. Do any standout? Which ones get you even more excited to check out Rogue One later this year? Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16th, 2016 and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, and Mads Mikkelsen.

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  1. I know it sounds weird, and I don’t even know why, but I’ve just realized I’m more excited for Rogue One than I was for The Force Awakens. The headshots don’t look that great but ah well, still looks pretty great to me. Thanks for this post, and great site. Are you currently sharing your writing on any other platforms?

    • Thanks for the comment! Although I was more excited for The Force Awakens, I also can’t explain my anticipation for Rogue One. & currently my posts are only here on Apocaflix!. Thanks again.

      • Hi Jake! No problem at all. Cool, well if you’re interested, I’d love to help you get your work seen on Moviepilot/Creators. Feel free to drop me a line via e-mail if you’d like me to expand on that. You can find my contact details on my blog. Would love to hear from you.

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