‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ is “edgier”, says one of its stars

Spin-off film opens in cinemas this December, but there have been rumours of costly re-shoots

One of the stars of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has said it is “edgier” than previous films in the franchise.

Spin-off film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is due for release on December 16 of this year, and stars The Theory Of Everything actress Felicity Jones as the mercenary Jyn Erso and Riz Ahmed as a cargo pilot called Bodhi Rook.

Discussing the spin-off with TheWrap, Ahmed said: “The film is about complex characters and loyalties and murky pasts. The film is a little edgier, with people making these huge compromises. History isn’t always clear.”

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Ahmed also said that his character is someone “who has to question his loyalties as the story progresses”.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story also stars Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna. It has recently been revealed that the film will end 10 minutes before the original 1977 movie Star Wars: A New Hope begins.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first in Disney’s “Anthology Series” of spin-off films that will also include the currently untitled Han Solo prequel movie due in 2018. It was confirmed in July that rising star Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as a younger version of the character made famous by Harrison Ford.

In May, it was reported that Disney had ordered weeks of costly reshoots on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “the goal of the reshoots will be to lighten the mood” as right now Rogue One has the “feel of a war movie”.

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