According to reviews, one of the standout performances in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is Donnie Yen as blind, Force-sensitive monk Chirrut Îmwe. Armed with his staff, Chirrut can be seen fighting stormtroopers in trailers, and early buzz has him poised to be one of the film’s breakout characters.
In an interview with the BBC’s child reporter and Star Wars super-fan Miriam, Yen explained to the her how he put a unique twist on his character.
“I’ve done a lot of martial arts, Miriam,” Yen explains to the . “I was nine years old when I started martial arts, and I studied many different styles of martial arts. Every movie, I would create a unique martial arts for each movie. For example, in ‘Rogue One,’ my character Chirrut, I designed a bit of martial arts specifically for Star Wars.”
Chirrut is one of the characters sent to recover the plans for the Death Star in this prequel to the original trilogy, set before “A New Hope.” Fans looking forward to Yen’s debut in the Star Wars Universe will see him unleash the Force on December 16, 2016 in the US. Directed by Gareth Edwards, the film also stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker.