The plot of Rogue One centres on Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a Clone War veteran, who is assigned by the Rebel Alliance to work with a team of spies to steal the Death Star blueprints, including Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker), Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed), and Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna). Galen (Mads Mikkelsen), the father of Jyn Erso, is a talented inventor who is compelled to work for the Empire.
Donnie Yet as the spiritual warrior Chirrut Îmwe, Alan Tudyk as the evil robot K-2SO, and former Ewok Warwick Davis, who will be returning to the Star Wars universe in a role that has not yet been revealed, are also included in the cast. Fans may be most thrilled by James Earl Jones’ return, who will once more lend his voice to the character of Darth Vader.
Vader’s role in the movie would have a “big presence,” according to director Gareth Edwards, who also stated of the character, “He’s got such a gravitational pull, the second he shows up you just get dragged into Darth Vader.” Vader will only appear “a little bit” in the film, Kennedy did affirm.
Ben Mendelsohn, who starred in Bloodline, also plays Orson Krennic, a new officer for the Empire. In the movie, he plays the director of the Imperial Military’s Advanced Weapons Research section, who frequently spars with Darth Vader.
Rogue One Cast Full Guide
Felicity Jones plays Jyn Erso, a young renegade who was imprisoned for her offences against the Empire before the Rebel Alliance set her loose to assist in stealing the Death Star blueprints. Beau Gadsdon portrays Jyn, age eight, Dolly Gadsdon portrays Jyn, age four, and Diego Luna portrays Cassian Andor, a commander and intelligence officer for the Rebellion.
Ben Mendelsohn plays Orson Krennic, the military branch of the Imperial Empire’s director of advanced weapons research. Donnie Yen portrays the blind warrior Chirrut Îmwe, a believer in the Force. He is allegedly one of the Whills’ Guardians. Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso, a research scientist and Jyn’s father. K-2SO, a former Imperial enforcer droid who was reprogrammed by Cassian Andor to serve the Rebellion, is voiced and motion-captured by Alan Tudyk.
Riz Ahmed portrays Bodhi Rook, a former Imperial cargo pilot who joins the rebels under Galen Erso’s persuasion. Jiang Wen plays Baze Malbus, a loyal Guardian of the Whills and old friend of Chirrut Îmwe who is now a mercenary and rebel fighter. Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera, a Clone Wars veteran and a close friend of the Ersos who taught Jyn when she was a young girl. Jimmy Smits, Genevieve O’Reilly, Anthony Daniels, and Jimmy Vee, who played Bail Organa, Mon Mothma, C-3PO, and R2-D2 in previous films, all reprise their roles in this one. Vee is not given credit for his work.
As Darth Vader, who is physically played by Spencer Wilding during the encounter with Krennic and on board the Star Destroyer, as well as by Daniel Naprous during the final scene, James Earl Jones also reprises his role from earlier movies. Guy Henry and Ingvild Deila alternately portray Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia Organa, with computer likenesses of Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher added. Henry also voices Tarkin, while Fisher’s archival audio is used for Leia.
Angus MacInnes returned to record new dialogue for Vander, while new dialogue for the deceased Henley was put together from archival material. Angus MacInnes and Drewe Henley are featured as Gold Leader Dutch Vander and Red Leader Garven Dreis, respectively, in unused footage from A New Hope. David Ankrum, who provided the voice of Wedge Antilles in A New Hope, makes a vocal cameo appearance. General Jan Dodonna, Dr. Evazan, General Hurst Romodi, and Captain Raymus Antilles are all played by Ian McElhinney, Michael Smiley, Andy de la Tour, and Tim Beckmann, respectively.
Warwick Davis portrays Weeteef Cyubee, a Partisan of Saw Gerrera. From Star Wars Rebels, Dave Filoni plays C1-10P once more. While Paul Kasey portrays the alien persona on television in costume, Stephen Stanton provides the Admiral Raddus voiceover.
Also appearing are Valene Kane as Lyra Erso, Jyn’s mother, Alistair Petrie as General Davits Draven, Ben Daniels as General Antoc Merrick, and others.
Senators Nower Jebel, Vasp Vaspar, and Tynnra Pamlo are represented by Jonathan Aris, Fares Fares, and Sharon Duncan-Brewster, respectively. The character Simon Farnaby is a Blue Squadron soldier. Corporal Tonc, a member of the Rebel Alliance, is played by Jordan Stephens.
Nick Kellington portrays Bistan, a U-wing door gunner in the attack on Scarif. Ian Whyte portrays Moroff, a Partisan of Saw Gerrera. Tivik is portrayed by Daniel Mays. The Last Jedi’s director Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman both made brief appearances as two Death Star technicians.
Rogue One Plot
When Orson Krennic, an Imperial weapons designer, shows up to pressure him into finishing the Death Star, a space station-based superweapon capable of destroying planets, research scientist Galen Erso and his family are hiding on the planet Lah’mu. While their daughter Jyn escapes and is saved by rebel extremist Saw Gerrera, Galen’s wife Lyra is killed in the clash.
A holographic message created by Galen is taken by cargo pilot Bodhi Rook, who has defected from the Empire, to Gerrera on the desert moon Jedha. This happens fifteen years later. An informant tells Cassian Andor of the Death Star and Rook’s defect from the Rebel Alliance. When Jyn escapes from an Imperial labour camp on Wobani, Bail Organa and Mon Mothma convince her to look for Galen and save him so that the Alliance can learn more about the Death Star. Instead of extracting Galen, Cassian is secretly told to kill him.
The Empire is taking kyber crystals out of Jedha to power the Death Star; Gerrera and his partisans are fighting back against them with weapons. Jyn, Cassian, and the reprogrammed Imperial droid K-2SO go there. Jyn contacts Gerrera, who has been imprisoning Rook, with the help of the mercenary Baze Malbus and the blind spiritual warrior Chirrut Îmwe.
They are instructed to retrieve the Death Star’s schematics from an Imperial data bank on the planet Scarif by Galen, who reveals in the message that he secretly built a vulnerability into the structure. Gerrera shows the message to her.
Krennic commands a low-powered test shot from the Death Star, which decimates Jedha’s capital. Gerrera stays behind to perish along with the city while Jyn and her group take Rook and leave the moon. Before seizing control of the project in response to Rook’s betrayal and security leak, Grand Moff Tarkin congratulates Krennic. On the planet Eadu, Rook directs the group to Galen’s Imperial research facility, where Cassian decides not to kill Galen.
Just before Rebel bombers attack the facility, Jyn enters the scene. Before Jyn and her group are able to flee on an Imperial cargo shuttle that has been stolen, Galen is wounded and dies in her arms. Darth Vader calls Krennic to account for the Death Star’s assault on Jedha. Krennic asks Vader for help in getting an audience with the Emperor, but Vader chokes him instead and tells him to make sure there are no more breaches.
The Alliance Council rejects Jyn’s plan to steal the Death Star blueprints using the Rebel fleet because they believe it is now impossible to defeat the Empire. Jyn’s group led a small squad of Rebel volunteers to raid the databank after growing impatient with their inaction. When Jyn and Cassian arrive on Scarif aboard the stolen Imperial ship that Rook refers to as “Rogue One,” the other Rebels attack the Imperial garrison as a distraction as the disguised pair infiltrate the base with K-2SO.
Intercepted Imperial transmissions provide the Alliance with information about the raid, and they send out their fleet to assist. K-2SO makes a sacrifice so that Jyn and Cassian can get the information. Malbus is slain shortly after Îmwe turns on the master switch to enable communication with the Rebel fleet. After informing the Rebel fleet that it must disable the planetary shield in order to transmit the schematics, Rook is murdered by a grenade.
Two Star Destroyers are destroyed by Rebel Admiral Raddus using a Hammerhead corvette, and the debris from the collision hits the shield generator and disables the shield. After getting the schematics, Jyn and Cassian are ambushed by Krennic, who is then shot and injured by Cassian. Moments before the Death Star enters orbit above Scarif, Jyn transmits the base’s schematics to the Rebel command ship using its antenna. Tarkin uses another low-power shot to destroy the antenna, killing Krennic, and the resulting impact causes an approaching blast to engulf the base, killing Cassian, Jyn, and the remaining ground forces.
The Rebel fleet is about to launch into hyperspace when Vader’s approaching Star Destroyer intercepts Admiral Raddus and a number of the fleet’s ships. In an effort to recover the schematics, Vader boarded the Rebel command ship and massacred numerous rebel soldiers, but a spacecraft managed to escape with them on board. Princess Leia Organa says from the escaping ship that the schematics will offer hope.
Prequel television series
A live-action prequel series was officially reported to be in development and scheduled to premiere on Disney+ on November 8, 2018. With Diego Luna returning to the role of Cassian Andor, the series will take place five years before the events in Rogue One.  Alan Tudyk has since said that he will no longer be in the first season of the series, despite it having initially been announced that he would be reprising his role as K-2SO. It is scheduled to debut on Disney+ in 2022.