By: Dominic Jones
Riz Ahmed, who plays Bodhi Rook in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, spoke with Justin Kroll of Variety about his career and, of course, about Star Wars. Ahmed spoke about Star Wars fandom, finding a balance between new and classic Star Wars elements in Rogue One, and being part of such a diverse cast.
Moving on to “Star Wars” — were you a fan of the franchise?
I’m definitely a fan, but I use that word lightly now that I have seen the extent of “Star Wars” fandom. I am a fan, but I feel like that’s almost insulting to the superfans that I’ve seen.
What elements of the original pictures have returned, and what new elements did “Rogue One” bring to the franchise?
The fact that the film takes place at the core of the “Star Wars” saga provides us with a great opportunity to throw out some really familiar references as well as introduce some new stuff. I think that one of the things that Gareth [Edwards] and [writer] Tony Gilroy and [producer] Kathy [Kennedy] and the whole team have done is create a cool balance between old and new. One of things that stands out is how it was shot — it feels more like a war movie given the way Gareth did it. I think the world will feel familiar and it should get fans excited.
It has a very diverse cast. What do you think that will bring to the film?
This is a way to bring new and fresh energies and fresh elements into our stories. When you’ve got a world like “Star Wars” where it’s such a global story and belongs to all of us, why not try to respect that by putting forward a global cast like Diego Luna and Donnie Yen and Mads Mikkelsen?
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16th.
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