Krennic

Last weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, and earlier in the month at Star Wars Celebration Europe, and even earlier this year at the Nuremburg Toy Fair, Disney displayed several key costumes for this coming winter’s Lucasfilm release Rogue One:  A Star Wars Story.  From the trailers we have seen so far, Rogue One appears to be the first film in decades that might be able to compete with Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back.  New human heroes and villains, droids, and dozens of new alien characters will no doubt be made into action figures by year’s end, and from the looks at the new costume designs, many of us will be shelling out some cash to start collecting these cool new characters.

Screen-worn costumes for the film’s central characters Jyn Erso, Captain Cassian Andor, Baze Malbus, Chirrut Imwe, Bodhi Rook, Director Orson Kremnic, Imperial Death Trooper, a Shoretrooper, and a character with the not so creative name of Two Tubes, all drew crowds at the Con.

Here are some descriptions of the new characters from the Comic-Con exhibit along with some photos:

five Rogue One costumes on display at sdcc 2016

From left to right, Chirrut Imwe, Baze Malbus, Jyn Erso, Captain Cassian Andor, and Bodhi Rook.

Bodhi Rook.  A former Imperial pilot, Bodhi has strong piloting and technical skills that he will put to use for the Rebellion. Ever practical, but highly anxious, Bodhi must gather his courage to bring the battle to the Empire.

Baze Malbus.  The harsh reality of his Imperial-occupied home world has hardened Baze Malbus into a pragmatic soldier and a crack shot with his heavy repeater cannon.  Baze has a bravado that provides a marked contrast to the spiritual centeredness of his best friend and moral compass, Chirrut Imwe.

Jyn Erso.  Putting behind a checkered past by lending her skills to a greater cause, Jyn Erso is impetuous, defiant, and eager to bring the battle to the Empire.  Used to operating alone, she finds higher purpose by taking on a desperate mission for the Rebel Alliance.

Captain Cassian Andor.  An accomplished Alliance Intelligence officer with combat field experience, Captain Cassian Andor commands respect from his Rebel troops with his ability to keep a cool head under fire and complete his missions with minimal resources.

Two Tubes

Sporting a name in the vein of George Lucas’s Ree Yees (a play of three eyes), and Hammerhead, we now meet Two Tubes.

Two Tubes.  Edrio Two Tubes is a mercenary pilot who flies alongside his eggmate, Benthic.  They share the nickname derived from the breathing apparatus that allows Tognath physiology to process oxygen atmospheres.  Edrio’s native world of Yar Togna was conquered and occupied by the Empire, forcing him to flee as a refugee.  With a desire to strike back at the Empire, Edrio and Benthic have allied with Saw Gerrera.

Chirrut Imwe.  Deeply spiritual, Chirrut Imwe believes all living things are connected through the Force.  His sightless eyes do not prevent him from being a highly skilled warrior.  Though he lacks Force abilities, this warrior monk has rigorously honed his body through intense physical and mental discipline.

Shoretrooper

A great looking new member of the Imperial elite shore patrol, the Shoretrooper.

Director Orson Krennic.  As director of Advanced Weapons Research for the Imperial military, Orson Krennic is obsessed with the completion of the long-delayed Death Star project.  A cruel but brilliant man, Krennic has staked his reputation on the delivery of the functional battle station to the Emperor.

Rogue One:  A Star Wars Story arrives in theaters December 16, 2016.

C.J. Bunce
Editor
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