We’ve Got The Inside Scoop On Rogue One’s Bodhi Rook

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story..Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed)..Ph: Jonathan Olley..©Lucasfilm LFL 2016.

When Lucasfilm has an exclusive that needs a home, Entertainment Weekly is the company’s go-to destination. Back in June, EW had a whole week of exclusives leading up to the magazine’s special Rogue One issue. Leading up to the release of tomorrow’s new Rogue One trailer, EW has another string of exclusives, including details of a new planet (Jedha) and an interview with Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Jason Bourne), who plays Bodhi Rook. Producer Kathleen Kennedy describes the character as “a little tense” and “a little volatile,” but an important member of the Rebellion who has valuable technical skills. However, as Ahmed sees it, Bodhi is anything but a born soldier. “When you put ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, it can freak them out,” he says. “It can inspire deep passions.”


Ahmed may see Bodhi as ordinary, but his complicated past suggests some intriguing inner turmoil. In Rogue One, he defects from the Empire and joins the Rebellion, but he still wears an old Imperial insignia on his shoulder. “Everyone in this Star Wars movie has got quite a complex past,” he explains. “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.”

Asked whether his character has a distinctive vehicle like the Millennium Falcon, Ahmed says Rogue One’s on a slightly different wavelength than the original trilogy. “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,” he explains. “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.’”

Keep your eyes peeled for the new Rogue One trailer tomorrow. In the meantime, take a closer look at Ahmed’s EW conversation here.