As part of Entertainment Weekly's week-long expose on the main cast members of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," Riz Ahmed's character, Bodhi Rook, got the latest spotlight. In an interview with the site, Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy and Ahmed opened up about the pilot character.
"Rogue One" will see Bodhi defect to the Rebellion after being stationed on the world of Jedha -- a Holy Land where Jedi go to worship -- by the Empire.
Kennedy said of Bodhi, "He tends to be a little tense, a little volatile, but everybody in the group really relies on his technical skills."
"A character like Bodhi is not born into the life of a soldier," Ahmed told EW. "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."
Though Bodhi is a pilot, Ahmed was sure to clarify that the character is far from other pilot characters we've seen in the franchise, like Han Solo. "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.'"
He added, "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."
Directed by Gareth Edwards, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" hits theaters on December 16, 2016.