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EDITORS WELCOME THIS ISSUE...
EDITORIAL
Editor Jonathan Wilkins
Senior Executive Editor Divinia Fleary 06 LAUNCHPAD
Art Editor Oz Browne
Copy Editor Simon Hugo
Editorial Assistant Tolly Maggs 14 FELICITY JONES

20 MCQUARRIES DEATH STAR

Senior Editor Frank Parisi 24 FOREST WHITAKER


Editor Brett Rector
Image Archives Newell Todd, Erik Sanchez,
Bryce Pinkos, Tim Mapp
Art Director Troy Alders
28 ALAN TUDYK
CONTRIBUTORS
Tricia Barr, Neil Edwards, Tolly Maggs May the Force be with us. 35 RIZ AHMED
Amy Ratcliffe, James Burns, Megan
Crouse, and Dan Wallace Jyn Erso, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 42 DONNIE YEN
SPECIAL THANKS TO
Erich Schoeneweiss at Random House,
Tracy Cannobbio and Chris Argyropoulos 46 JIANG WEN

A
dmit it, youve always wondered how
at Lucasfilm
Princess Leia got her regal hands
on those Death Star plans. Its one of the 52 THE DEATH STAR
sagas most intriguing secrets, hidden in
plain sight, right there at the very start of the first 58 MADS MIKKELSEN
Star Wars movie. One of the greatest, most pivotal
62 CATALYST INTERVIEW
stories, left untold until now...
Who were those brave souls who defied the
Production Manager Obi Onuora 67 BEN MENDELSOHN
Production Supervisors Maria Pearson Empire and helped give the Rebel Alliance its first
& Jackie Flook
Production Assistant Peter James
Art Director Oz Browne
major victory against its Imperial foes? What were 74 DIEGO LUNA
Senior Sales Manager Steve Tothill the costs of their success?
Subscriptions Executive Ben Alvarez Turner
Direct Sales & Marketing Manager
Well, its time to find out as Rogue One: A Star Wars 78 BANTHA TRACKS
Ricky Claydon Story fills in that crucial little detail from the opening
Brand Manager, Marketing Lucy Ripper
Commercial Manager Michelle Fairlamb crawl to A New Hope. Its really exciting to finally 81 DEATH STAR QUIZ
U.S. Advertising Manager Jeni Smith
Publishing Manager Darryl Tothill
meet Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, K-2SO, and the rest
Publishing Director Chris Teather of the team. It feels like theyve been waiting in 84 ESSENTIAL ROGUE ONE
Operations Director Leigh Baulch
Executive Director Vivian Cheung the wings forever, waiting for their chance to show COLLECTIBLES
Publisher Nick Landau
the part they played in the galactic struggle!
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ANOVOS DISPLAYS
DEATH TROOPERS
D
eath troopers are elite soldiers in Imperial
Intelligence, and when theyre not protecting and
serving, theyre traveling to far-off places like Earth.
Imposing death trooper statues from ANOVOS have
been popping up around the world at conventions and other
events. The life-size statues are ideal for creating incredible
photo memories, but what if theyre more than stationary
objects? Remember, ANOVOS did similar statues featuring
stormtroopers for The Force Awakens and they eventually
sold screen accurate, wearable armor and helmets for those
stormtroopers. Visit ANOVOS online to see if theyve followed
suit with death troopers.

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ROGUE THE HAN SOLO MOVIE
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hether youre seeing

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Wars Story for the
rst time or the
tenth, Her Universe has new

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keep you looking as fashionable
as Director Krennic (okay,
maybe not as fashionable, since
his cape is a thing of beauty).
For Imperial followers, Her

W
Universe has released a Death
Star dress. The scoop-neck hile Rogue One hits cinema screens this
design features an all-over print month, plans are already underway for the
of the Death Star plans and the next Star Wars standalone movie. The as-yet-
Imperial symbol. These are the untitled Han Solo movie will feature the early
kind of plans you should pay for adventures of the sagas premier scoundrel. Naturally
instead of stealing. the lm will feature Hans second best friend (after
Her Universe didnt leave Chewbacca), the suave charmer, Lando Calrissian,
the rebels out. For those and who better to play him than Donald Glover?
pursuing more light side endeavors, they have a colorful chiffon The movie will be directed by Phil Lord and
top featuring a galactic Rebel Alliance starbird against a eld of Christopher Miller, and written by Jon and Lawrence
stars with an X-wing. The owing black shirt calls out Rogue One Kasdan. It stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, and is
in text. currently slated for a May, 2018 release.
You can nd the new releases in Disney Parks (shop their app
if you cant make it to the theme parks in person).

INSIDER 7
INTRODUCING JYN ERSO
IN (ACTION FIGURE) ACTION

F
elicity Jones had the honor of showing off the rst Jyn my poster was depicting. That hurt. With that experience in his
Erso action gure when she took the stage during the Rogue mind, he decided to play it safe and use the scene we saw play out
One panel at Celebration Europe. As soon as the toy was in the rst trailer. He made it a little different. I was given
revealed, Hasbro released a new Rogue One poster starring artistic license to reverse the angle to see the more simplied part
the Jyn Erso gure on Jedha taking out stormtroopers in a erce of the set, without the Jedha skyline. I knew the focus was the
battle. The image was created by artist Stephen Hayford. He uses convention-exclusive gure of Jyn Erso in her Jedha outt. Her ght
a combination of craft and set/diorama building and photography scene with the stormtroopers in the alley was the perfect choice.
to tell his own stories within the Star Wars universe, and he jumped I received a beautiful selection of set photography, giving me
at the opportunity to work on the Hasbro project. He received the superbly detailed views of the entire alley. As a security measure
assignment in May, only two months before Celebration, and to ensure I didnt release any images, the photos were emblazoned
completed the set in June. with my name; and they could only be viewed on a secure drive when
Given that more details about Rogue One werent really revealed I was disconnected from the internet.
until Celebration, Hayford had limited information to base his Every angle and pose in images like this is a deliberate
diorama on. I was told I could only work from the existing trailer choice. Hayford drew upon the strength and determination
and a few reference photos from the set. I was not privy to story we saw in Jyn in the rst footage to establish an attitude for
points or other details, which is good and bad. Bad for accuracys the gure. From her subtle glances as shes brought into
sake, obviously, but good because I can still be an unspoiled fan in the Massassi temple to her line, This is a Rebellion, isnt it?
the movie theater in December, he said. I rebel. When we hear that line in the trailer, its as a voiceover
He had a similar situation when he created art for Star Wars: The on top of the ght scene depicted in the poster. Shes beating
Force Awakens. He said he learned lessons from that assignment: stormtroopers with a baton! And her motions are so aggressive
In that project, I attempted to use my sleuthing skills in putting and follow through so complete. She is clearly going to be a
together an ultimate scene. I used objects in different scenes (like skilled and condent hero, Hayford explained. The rst batch
the Jakku fence line around the shipyard) to draw conclusions about of reference photos I received appeared to be photos from ght
the layout of the location. In the end, I found out I was wrongI had rehearsals. Seeing the control and strength in her expressions
spent several weeks building a prop that couldnt exist in the scene also guided the nal stance I chose.

8 INSIDER
IN MEMORIAM
IAN LISTON
August 4, 1948 October 1, 2016

I
an Liston, the British
actor who portrayed
the heroic Rebel
Alliance pilot Wes
Janson, has passed
away at age 68. Liston
had been battling
prostate cancer for
a 12 years, taking part
in a total of seven new
DNA-based precision
cancer medicine trials
which had for a time beaten back
the disease. Much of the medication Liston used during the
past decade has now become standard treatment.
Born in Crosby, on Merseyside in England on August 4th
1948, Ian found a career on the stage beckoning, and over
the following years compiled an enviable rsum of lm
and TV projects. His television career began in 1970 with
The Breaking of Bumbo and grew to include such British
staples as Dixon of Dock Green, Z Cars, Coronation Street,
The Onedin Line, Secret Army and The Professionals. In
1979 he played Hero in a Doctor Who story entitled
The Armageddon Factor. A year later he captured two
roles in The Empire Strikes Back. Most famously he occupied
the gunners seat in Wedge Antilles snowspeeder playing
heroic Wes Janson. Ironically, in the very same action
sequence, he also played one of the AT-AT drivers steering
a walker Janson was attacking.
On lm he appeared in Richard Attenboroughs 1977 star-
studded classic A Bridge Too Far alongside fellow Star Wars
The scene was set with Jyn as the focus in Jedha. Since its vets John Morton, John Ratzenberger, Jack McKenzie and
a desert planet and the gures are in the middle of a scufe, its Garrick Hagon. In 1985 he played a co-pilot in Taylor
natural that dust would be swirling in the air. Getting it just right Hackfords White Nights alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov and
was painstaking. Hayford said, Overall atmosphere, including Gregory Hines. But his most beloved TV role was that of Ron
the rays of light poking through the overhead canopies, was Brownlow in Midlands-based soap Crossroads between 1981
created with a fog machine. and 1985.
The sand was kicked up using a can of compressed airthe With a deep love for the theater, especially the uniquely
same kind used to clear dust from a cowmputer keyboardat British tradition of pantomime, Liston launched the Hiss and
the characters action points. Boo Company in 1977. It quickly became one of the leading
While this all seems simple, its not. If you spray from the providers of pantomime and variety shows to venues across
easiest entry point to the diorama, the sand will go in the opposite the U.K. and eventually traveled to the Middle East and
direction of the action. So, it took many swishing movements from across the globe. With fresh adaptations written each
a very awkward angle, timed with the cameras shutter, to create and every year, his shows included such TV, music and
a more realistic effect. entertainment stars as Todd Carty, Peter Duncan, Isla
If Hayford wanted to get another shot, it meant he had to reset St Clair, Rick Wakeman, Colin Baker, Wayne Sleep, and
the stage.The gures were held in place with nails to limit the Jimmy Cricket. The company brought the Mr. Men to the
possibility of movement between shots, he said. And I had to stage for the rst time, worked with the RSC to create The
re-sweep the sand of the set and dust the gures after every few Shakespeare Revue and most notably were the original
images. I live in Florida,and the early summer heat was brutal. producers of Cluedo as a stage play. Liston himself appeared
Every blast of air can add several ounces of sand to my sweat- in well over 3,000 performances of Hiss and Boos Music Hall
soaked self. By the end, I was like human sandpaper. I swear and Variety shows as Mr. Chairman.
I still feel phantom sand on me. But it was one of the most fun A lover of cricket, steam railways, and paddle steamers,
projects Ive ever doneespecially because I feel were getting he was a proud member of the Garrick Club and The Grand
another outstanding female character that my daughter AND Order of Water Rats. Liston is survived by his wife Vivien.
son can admire.

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TREAT YOUR EARS
R
ogue One: A Star Wars Story is the rst Star Wars live
action lm with a score to be composed by someone
other than John Williams. Michael Giacchino, a highly
accomplished composer with many lms and television
series to his credit, scored the music forchael Giacchino, a highly
accomplished composer with many lms and television series to
his credit, scored the music for the movie. Speaking of which,
if you enjoyed Rogue One, we recommend you check some of his
other offerings, to include Lost, Alias, Inside Out, Super 8, Doctor
Strange, and Star Trek Into Darkness.
Fun fact: Rogue One isnt the rst Star Wars title Giacchinos
composed for. He also created music for Disney Parks Star Tours:
The Adventures Continue when the attraction reopened in 2011.

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Wars Miniland next spring, just in time for the annual LEGO
Star Wars Days event March 4-5. The new Jakku-themed model
will call the center of Miniland home and feature six scenes,
characters, and vehicles from the rst 30 minutes of the 2015
blockbuster lm. You will also nd one the longest models ever
created on display as well: a 16-foot Star Destroyer! If you have
the time and are a huge fan of Star Wars and LEGO, you wont
want to miss out on this event!

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KID KRENNIC! before we left for Europe, the new
Back in issue #168 we asked for seamstress had us come in for
information about the mysterious measuring and said that she would
young Director Krennic, who made call us later for the nal tting. Time
a guest appearance at the Star Wars went by, and nally four days before
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I would be honored to tell you how my shopping bag.
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he reports said that she could nish it on time. By
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W
hen Rogue One: A
Star Wars Story was
announced on March 12,
2015, Felicity Jones was
the only actor attached
to the movie. Her name brought the lm
immediate attention well beyond Star Wars
fan circles, as she had received a special
jury prize at the 2011 Sundance Festival for
her role in the romantic drama Like Crazy,
and Best Actress nominations at the
Oscars, BAFTAs, and Golden Globes for her
portrayal of Jane Hawking in the Stephen
Hawking biopic, The Theory of Everything
(2014). In her role as Jyn Erso, she follows
in the footsteps of acclaimed, established
actors, such as Alec Guinness and Natalie
Portman, appearing in Star Wars lms
alongside breakout stars.
When she was 12 years old, Jones
starred in the British family lm The
Treasure Seekers (1996) with Keira
Knightley (who went on to play Sab in
The Phantom Menace). Since graduating
from Wadham College, Oxford in 2006, she
has worked on both stage and screen, as
well as on BBC radio, voicing Emma Carter
in the worlds longest-running radio serial,
The Archers.
After lm roles in Northhanger Abbey
(2007), Brideshead Revisited (2008), Chri
(2009), and The Tempest (2010), it was
her role as Anna in Like Crazy (2011) that
highlighted her intense ability to get inside
a characters head. An article for the New
York Times detailed how Jones spent
hours driving from pharmacy to pharmacy
to nd the precise shade of blue nail polish
she had envisioned for her character.
She even contributed pieces from her
own wardrobe to get the characters look
just right.
Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) takes the fight to Imperial forces.

Jones won more widespread recognition thinking and how theyre behaving, which is in what shes thinking and whats going on.
in 2014 with roles in both The Amazing obviously what were exploring all the time She can be very observant within a scene. It
Spiderman 2 and The Theory of Everything. as an actor. In the same interview, she doesnt always have to be about her directly,
While it was her co-star in the latter lm, revealed that she has created a Jyn Erso but were experiencing it through her. She
Eddie Redmayne, who won the Academy scrapbook for Rogue One, and that her main just has that knack for pulling you in.
Award for his portrayal of theoretical inspiration came from watching hours of In summer 2016, at Celebration Europe,
physicist Stephen Hawking, Jones erce music videos, particularly those by Florence Jones gave fans a glimpse into Jyn Ersos
yet understated performance as his wife and the Machine. motivation, saying, I feel theres one major
Jane (author of the memoir on which the Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Rogue difference between Jyn and other Star Wars
lm was based), provided the crucial One director Gareth Edwards revealed what heroes [such as] Rey and Luke. Shes not a
counterpoint to his emotional spiral as appealed to him about Jones acting. You character asking, Who am I and where did
he struggled with motor neurone disease. can just hang the camera on Felicity and not I come from? Rather, Jyn knows where
In 2016, Jones has already been seen say a word, and you can feel her having a she came from, and that propels the story
in Inferno, the latest installment of million different thoughts. You get interested and her journey.a
Dan Browns Robert Langdon franchise,
in which she saves the world as Dr. Sienna
Brooks alongside Tom Hanks. Shortly
after Rogue One, she will feature in two
very different lms: emotional family
fantasy A Monster Calls with Star Wars You can just hang the
veteran Liam Neeson; and heist movie
Collide, alongside Anthony Hopkins and camera on felicity and
Ben Kingsley.
At Wadham College, Jones studied feel her having a million
English and wrote her degree thesis on
Virginia Woolf. On Woolf, she told The different thoughts.
Hollywood Reporter, I liked that she gets
in the minds of people, and that
contradiction between what people are

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Under arrest.
Jyn Erso captured
by the Empire.
COMBAT ASSAULT TANK
Imperial stormtroopers on patrol on Jedha.
Vincent Jenkins, Concept Artist.
ROGUE ONE CONCEPT ART
MCQUARRIES
DEATH STAR
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The rebel Y-wings commence
attack on the Death Star.

RALPH MCQUARRIES ART DEPICTING


THE DEATH STAR IS SOME OF THE MOST
EVOCATIVE IN HIS OEUVRE. A LAVISH
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In addition to concept art, McQuarrie also designed toy packaging for Galoob, including this preliminary
illustration for the Death Star Action Fleet set.

This piece, showing


Han and Luke escorting their
prisoner to the detention
block, subtly suggests the
spherical shape of the Imperial
battle station.
An interior view from an Imperial
cockpit as a TIE pilot hones in on
the rebel Y-wings.

One of the many cavernous docking


bays of the Death Star.

The cold corridors of the Death Star, as


populated by lightsaber-wielding Imperial
stormtroopers described in earlier drafts of
The Star Wars screenplay.
SAW
GERRERA
ACADEMY-AWARD WINNING
ACTOR FOREST WHITAKER
PORTRAYS AN INSURGENT
WHO PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN
THE REBELS MISSION...
H
ow many actors can say they have
won the Academy Award, BAFTA,
Golden Globe Award, National
Board of Review Award, and
Screen Actors Guild Award? Not
many, and Forest Whitaker won them all
for his portrayal of Idi Amin in The Last
King of Scotland (2006). Known for
immersing himself in his characters,
in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Whitaker
assumes the role of Saw Gerrera,
a character created by George Lucas and
rst introduced in the animated television
series The Clone Wars.
An anti-Separatist freedom ghter on his
home planet Onderon, Gerrera was trained
in insurgency tactics by Anakin Skywalker
and his Jedi apprentice Ahsoka Tano. By
the time of Rogue One, Anakin has become
Darth Vaderand Gerrera is also part-
machine as he continues to oppose
oppression and tyranny in the galaxy.
Forest Whitakers breakout role was
as the football player Charles Jefferson
in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982).
A string of guest appearances on
television shows followed, including
Cagney & Lacey (1983) and Hill Street
Blues(1984).
He also appeared in several television
movies, from The Grand Baby (1985) to
Last Light (1993), and the mini-series North
& South (1985) and its sequel.
A string of hit lms from 1986 to 1988 Forest Whitaker
helped make Whitaker a household name as Saw Gerrera.
including Martin Scorseses The Color of
Money (1986, with Paul Newman and Tom
Cruise), Oliver Stones Platoon (1986) and
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987 with Robin
Williams), and Clint Eastwoods Bird (1988).
Whitakers work in The Color of Money and
Bird cemented his reputation for throwing
himself completely into characters.
whitaker noted that he
Whitaker learned pool for his role as
hustler Amos in The Color of Money and
watched the clone wars
took alto saxophone lessons in preparation
for playing Charlie Bird Parker.
episode with saw gerrera
He continued to work steadily in lm
throughout the 1990s, in roles as varied as
to prepare for the role.
Diary of a Hitman (1991), The Crying Game
(1992), Ready to Wear (1994), and Smoke
(1995). For his role in Ghost Dog: The Way
of the Samurai (1999), as a mob hitman
following the bushido code, Whitaker In addition to his award-winning the Year, and won numerous acting awards
steeped himself in Eastern philosophy performance in The Last King of Scotland, for portraying Cecil Gaines in Lee Daniels
and took up meditation. (2006), in recent years Whitaker has continued The Butler (2013). In addition to Rogue One,
Also in the 1990s, Whitaker decided his success in numerous mediums. He this year Whitaker portrays Colonel Weber
to take a turn at producing and directing. He narrated the Twilight Zone (2002) television in Arrival, a science-ction lm that also
produced and co-starred in A Rage in Harlem series for UPN, co-starred with Jodie Foster stars Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner.
(1991) and made his directorial debut for the in Panic Room (2005), and directed Katie At Celebration Europes Rogue One
HBO movie Strapped (1993). The rst feature Holmes in First Daughter (2004). He was a panel, Whitaker noted that he watched
lm he directed, Waiting to Exhale (1995), regular on the acclaimed FX television series The Clone Wars episode with Saw Gerrera
was based on the Terry McMillan novel The Shield (2002-2008), and received a 2006 to prepare for the role. This comes as no
of the same name, and he also directed Primetime Emmy nomination for a recurring surprise, considering the lengths he has
Whitney Houstons music video for the role playing stroke-victim Curtis Ames on gone in the past to prepare for previous
movies theme song, Exhale. In 1998 he the hit show ER. (1994-2009). He produced roles, which is to say by any means
directed Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick, Fruitvale Station, directed by Ryan Coogler necessary, a sentiment he certainly
Jr. in Hope Floats (1998). which won the 2014 AFI Award for Movie of shares with Gerrera. a

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ALAN TUDYK IS THE
IMPERIAL-DROID-TURNED-
REBEL-ALLY, K-2SO!

in Frozen (2013), Alastair Krei in Big Hero 6 (2014),


and Hei Hei in Moana a (2016). Less familiar to most
people, however, is just how extensive and varied
Tudyks resum really is, beyond his best-known
roles. Born and raised in Texas, Tudyk attended

M
college there before studying drama at the famous
any fans of science ction on the Juilliard School in New York City. Over the past two
big and small screens remember decades he has appeared in dozens of lms, from
being introduced to American the biopic of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, 42
actor Alan Tudyk as Hoban Wash (2013), to the Western remake 3:10 to Yuma a (2007);
Washburne in Joss Whedons and from the comedy Knocked Up p (2007) to the
short-lived Fox television series Firey (2002-03), action-packed Transformers: Dark of the Moon
and its companion lm Serenityy (2005). Other (2011). He has lent his voice to a number of
audiences met him in television comedies, where animated television shows including Oliver Queen/
he starred as Dr. Noah Werner in Suburgatory Green Arrow in Young Justice e (2010-2013), Ludo/
(2011-14) on ABC and as broadcaster Reagan King Buttery in Star vs. The Forces of Evill (2015-),
Biscayne in Newsreaders (2014-15) on as well as numerous guest appearances in other
Comedy Centrals Adult Swim. Younger well-known series. In videogames, he has supplied
Star Warss fans will be delighted to his talents to the likes of Halo 3 (2009) and Call of
learn that he also provides voices Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014), and reprised the
for animated Disney lms, role of Green Arrow for both Injustice: Gods Among
including King Candy in Us (2013) and Innite Crisis (2015).
Wreck-It Ralphh (2012), For all his subsequent success, Tudyk has never
the Duke of Weselton forgotten the fans who fueled his rise to stardom

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as Wash. Along with Firefly and Serenity
co-star Nathan Fillion, Tudyk created, executive
produced, wrote, and directed all 13 episodes
of the web series, Con Man, which launched
online in September 2016. The series was
loosely based on Tudyks experiences at
fan conventions in the years since Firefly.
To cement his and Fillions relationship with
their fans, the pair crowdfunded the project
on Indiegogo, raising more than seven times
their targeted amount within a month, breaking
crowfunding records in the process.
In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Tudyk
returns to space adventure in front of the
camera. In a motion-capture role, he plays
K-2SO, an Imperial security droid who has
been reprogrammed by Cassian Andor (Diego
Luna) to serve the Rebel Alliance. The droid
is over seven feet tall, requiring Tudyk to
wear special stilts throughout lming built
by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). The devices
did not limit his performance, however
special effects supervisor Neal Scanlan
called the character, the rst droid with
athletic prowess.
Perhaps even more distinctive than
K-2SOs physicality, however, is his personality.
According to Tudyk, the droid has no lter
and can say insulting things very casually if he
thinks theyre true. Describing a brief clip from
the lm shown at Celebration Europe, Tudyk told
StarWars.com, Felicity Jones character hands
me a bag and I stand there holding the bag for
just a moment, and I just drop it, because Im not
into holding her bag. Its safe to say Star Wars
fans have never seen or heard a droid
quite like this one before! a
Cassian Andor
(Diego Luna), Jyn Erso
(Felicity Jones), and
K-2SO (Alan Tudyk).
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A rare moment of contemplation for the team
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Jon McCoy, Storyboard Artist.
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Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed), a crucial
member of Rogue One.

B
ritish actor Riz Ahmed is a relatively new
face in Hollywood, but his rise has been
meteoric. After appearing alongside
Jake Gyllenhaal as a news stringer in
Nightcrawler (2014), he played a social
media CEO caught up in the clandestine world of
Matt Damons eponymous former government agent
in Jason Bourne (2016). His critically acclaimed
breakthrough, however, was on TV, as the star of
HBOs eight-part miniseries The Night Of (2016),
a New York City crime drama about a Pakistani-
American college student accused of murder.
Born in 1982 in London, Ahmed graduated
from Oxford with a degree in Philosophy, Politics,
and Economics and studied acting at the prestigious
Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, which
counts Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Jason
Isaacs, and Carrie Fisher among its alumni. His
breakout role came in the docudrama The Road to
Guantanamo (2006), which chronicles the detention
of three British citizens at Guantanamo Bay, and won
the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary
Feature at the Sundance Film Festival. In the years
immediately following, his lm work went on to
attract further critical nods, with three nominations
for Best Actor at the British Independent Film
Awards, as well as plaudits for his roles on stage
and TV.
In addition to acting, Ahmed is an accomplished
rapper, having released the albums MICroscope
(2012) and Englistan (2016) under the name Riz MC.
With the American rapper Heems, Ahmed also
performs as the Swet Shop Boys, whose album
Cashmere was released in October this year.
Like many of the projects hes been involved with,
Ahmeds musical subject matter frequently includes
themes pertaining to racism and social injustice.
In Rogue One, Ahmed plays Bodhi Rook, an
Imperial pilot who defects and joins the Rebellion.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ahmed

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Bodhi Rook in
action on Scarif.

in our world, bodhi


would be a truck driver.
a long-distance truck
driver.

was keen to point out that Rook differs from some


other Star Wars pilots.
Bodhi is a cargo pilot, he said. In our world,
Bodhi would be a truck driver. A long-distance
truck driver. Addressing the Imperial logo Rook
continues to wear on his ight gear, he remarked
that, Its to remind you of where [he came] from,
remind you where [his] debts are... it reminds you
of what [hes] done. This sets the tone for the
choices Rook must make in the lm, and like all
the characters on Rogue Ones rebel team, he has
a complex past and a lot of baggage and history.
Appearing on stage with the rest of the cast at
Celebration Europe in July, Ahmed wasnt afraid to
reveal his humorous side. When asked why he was
excited to be part of a Star Wars lm, he explained:
They attract the best talent across the board
And also Alan, earning a laugh and a bow from
co-star Alan Tudyk. Speaking of Rooks past, Ahmed
noted that, Bodhi is a pilot and he works for the
Empire to earn a living. You know, people work at big
organizations and they dont agree with everything
they do.
When confronted with the true colors of the
Empire at Jedha, that kind of makes him
question his career counselor. Bodhi may not be
able to nd as much humor in his circumstances as
Ahmed does, however. In Entertainment Weekly,
Kathleen Kennedy described Rook as a little tense,
a little volatile. Fans will learn soon how Rook
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CHIRRUT
MWE
INTERNATIONAL
SUPERSTAR DONNIE
YEN AS THE
SPIRITUAL WARRIOR
FROM JEDHA.
F
or Donnie Yen, Star Wars is
a family affair. With a little
help from Disney, who provided
the fabric, and the Bullet Films
costume design team in Hong
Kong, Yens son James dressed up as
chirrut cant see,
his character, the blind warrior Chirrut
mwe, for Halloween. Not to be outdone,
but he can feel with
Yens daughter Jasmine cosplayed as a
stormtrooper, with Yen proudly sharing his heart and believes
a picture on Instagram. Chirrut may not
have Force abilities in the movie, but no in the force.
doubt the Force is with Yen and his family.
Born in Guangzhou, China, Yen moved
to Hong Kong as a child and then to
Boston when he was 11. His mother is
a grandmaster in Fu Style Wudang Quan
and Tai Chi, and Yen also studied many in, produced, and choreographed Flash Point reputations from libelous falsehoods using
other forms of martial arts, including (2007), for which he won the award for Best available legal remedies.
Karate, boxing, and Taekwondo. In the Action Choreography at the Golden Horse For Rogue One, Yen brings to the table
2008 international box ofce smash Ip Film Awards and an acting award at the Hong not only the diversity of his heritage and
Man, Yen starred as the Wing Chun Kong Film Awards. Not limiting himself to acting background, but also his commitment
grandmaster Yip Man, famed as the action roles, Yen appeared in the romantic to playing the rst major Star Wars lm
instructor of the legendary martial artist comedy series Alls Well, Ends Well in 2011 character with a physical disability. Chirrut
and actor Bruce Lee. The movies success and 2012. mwe is a staff-wielding spiritual warrior who
and Yens performance have been credited Yen has also used his success to support is also blind. At the Rogue One panel at
for the rise in popularity of Wing Chun in charities. In 2015, he brought donations and Celebration Europe, Yen shared his take on
the years since its release. Yen is not just gifts to refugee camps in Thailand. He is also his character: Chirrut cant see, but he can
a martial artist however. He is also a pianist an ambassador for the international charity feel with his heart and believes in the Force.
and breakdancer. Free the Children. After winning a defamation As the trailers demonstrate, Chirruts
Yen rst broke into the lm industry lawsuit, he founded Yens Honour Protection blindness is no impediment to his
in 1984 when he earned the leading role Fund, to empower celebrities to defend their heroism against the Empire.
in Drunken Tai Chi. Following Tiger Cage
(1988), he played Commander Lan in
Once Upon a Time in China II (1992), starring
another martial arts legend, Jet Li. Yen
and Li appeared together again in the lm
Hero, which was nominated for Best Foreign
Language Film at the 2003 Academy
Awards. After playing Chen Zhen in the
television series Fist of Fury (1995), Yen
reprised the role in Legend of the Fist: The
Return of Chen Zhen (2010).
For those not familiar with Yens foreign
roles, you may recognize him from the
U.S. releases of Highlander: Endgame (2000)
and Blade II (2002), where he had brief
cameo roles. In a more substantial role,
Yen played the villain Wu Chan in Shanghai
Knights (2003), opposite Jackie Chan and
Owen Wilson. And when hes not acting
in front of the camera, Yen is often invited
by Hollywood to choreograph action
sequences, like he did for the espionage
thriller Stormbreaker (2006). Hes even
been known to lend his martial-art skill to
videogames as he choreographed the ght
animations for Onimusha 3 (2004). And if
that still isnt enough, Yen founded Bullet
Films, where he produced and directed
Legend of the Wolf (1997), and then produced
Ballistic Kiss (1998).
While expanding his global presence,
Yen has continued to take leading roles in
Hong Kong cinema, including the wuxia epic
lm Seven Swords and the crime drama lm
SPL: Kill Zone, both featured at the 2005
Toronto International Film Festival. Yen acted

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Chirrut mwe faces a stormtrooper squad on Jedha.

Chirrut and Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen) after a fight.

Chirrut mwe (Donnie Yen) meets


Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones).
BAZE
MALBUS
THE ACCLAIMED
ACTOR, WRITER
AND DIRECTOR
JIANG WEN
TAKES AIM AS A
GUN-TOTING
WARRIOR WITH
A MISSION!
Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen) and Chirrut mwe (Donnie Yen):
key players in the fight against the Empire!

baze malbus is a pragmatist


wholike han solo
prefers a good blaster
at his side.

B
aze Malbus made an during Chinas Cultural Revolution.
unforgettable rst impression in Though he has mostly worked on the big
the trailer for Rogue One: screen, his rise to fame really took off with
standing in front of a downed a role in the television show A Native of
X-wing, heavily armed and clad in Beijing in New York in the early 1990s.
red armor while blasting stormtroopers. Around the same time he wrote and doubters might remind western
He may be the muscle in the ght against directed his rst movie, In The Heat Of moviegoers of some of Americas best-
the Empire, but dont let that fool you. The Sun (1994), praised by Variety for known cinematic rebels, such as George
The renowned Chinese actor who plays its well-observed characters. Lucas and James Cameron.
him, Jiang Wen, is also an internationally Shot in black and white, Devils on the As the 21st century got underway, Jiang
respected screenwriter and director, with Doorstep (2000) was only the second movie starred in a string of Chinese movies
a career reaching back to the early 1980s. Jiang directed, and initially ran to three before a return to writing and directing
Devils on the Doorstep, a black comedy he hours. Conventional wisdom suggested it with the romantic fantasy The Sun Also
co-wrote and directed, won second place in could not succeed: not only because of its Rises (2007). In 2009 he was one of 11
the 2000 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix, length and styling, but also because it was directors to contribute to the anthology
and as a result of that movie, TIME Asia set against the backdrop of the Second movie New York, I Love You, along with
has described him as a real-life rebel. Sino-Japanese War, causing discomfort for Natalie Portman and Mira Nair (Queen of
A graduate of the Central Academy of both the Chinese Film Board and his Katwe). For his segment of the lm, Jiang
Drama, Chinas premier acting school, Japanese producers, who tried to curb directed Hayden Christensen. He then
Jiangs breakout role in his home country Jiangs vision. However, the nished lm went on to write, direct, and act in Let the
came in the award-winning Hibiscus Town was met with acclaim, and Jiangs Bullets Fly (2010), an action comedy that
(1986), a chronicle of one womans life uncompromising vision in the face of became Chinas highest grossing domestic

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Baze in the heat of battle on the war-torn streets of Jedha.

lm ever, holding the record for two years. A former Guardian of the Whills,
At Londons Celebration Europe in Baze has rejected his faith.
summer 2016, fans got their rst hints
about the character of Baze Malbus and his
camaraderie with Chirrut mwewhom he
is defending in that memorable trailer clip.
While mwe, played by legendary Hong
Kong martial arts actor Donnie Yen, is
deeply spiritual and a believer in the Force,
Malbus is a pragmatist wholike Han
Soloprefers a good blaster at his side,
backed up with a healthy dose of bravado.
Asked for a description of his character,
Jiang answered, Baze has a gun. He has a
huge gun. When the Empire comes calling
on the planet Jedha, you can be sure hes
going to use it! a
U-WING
The Rebel Alliance UT-60D, also known as the U-wing,
serves as a transport/gunship.
Ryan Church, Concept Artist.
ROGUE ONE CONCEPT ART
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THE MILLENNIUM FALCONS APPROACH
TO THE DEATH STAR IS ONE OF THE STAR
WARS SAGAS MOST DISTINCTIVE SCENES.
AMY RATCLIFFE LOOKS AT WHAT WE KNOW
OF THE IMPERIAL BATTLE STATION, SO FAR...

T
he Death Star. The mighty battle station constructed
by the Empire at Emperor Palpatines behest was the
ultimate weapon. The concept of a weapon the size of
a moon capable of wiping out entire planets was so
appealing, the Empire returned to the Death Star playbook for
a second try after the rst attempt met an explosive end. Hey, wouldnt
you? Though the weapon was meant to instill fear across the galaxyand
it accomplished the objective by targeting and blowing up Alderaanthe
Death Star actually brought destruction to the Empire. When the Rebel Alliance
exploited a weakness and turned the weapon into an expensive reworks show,
it marked a turning point in the Galactic Civil War. The Empire lost millions of
soldiers and years of work and resources in a single blow.
Given the monstrous size of the Death Star, you can imagine the number of materials and
people involved in its construction. Stories published in recent years have lled in the gaps
since the space station was rst mentioned in the opening crawl of A New Hope: During the
battle, rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empires ultimate weapon, the Death
Star. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story delves into how those spies get their hands on the plans, while
countless comics and books have given glimpses of what went into building such a devastating
creation. Here is a small glimpse at the history of the ultimate power in the universe.

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The Death Star in orbit over the moon of Jedha.

AN IDEA IS BORN
Palpatine felt rather condent about
the outcome.

WHOS THE BOSS?


Palpatine was evil. His lust for ultimate
power thrusts the galaxy into two different
wars and had a disastrous effect. However,
Palpatine was a skilled planner. He was Not to keep referencing the immense
patient beyond belief; he excelled at playing size of the Death Star, but given its mass,
the long game. The rst look at his plans the fact that the project was kept under
for the Death Star came all the way back wraps from all but the necessary parties
in Attack of the Clones, 22 years before the is remarkable. The sheer amount of raw
Battle of Yavin. See? Long game. In the lm, material that had to be brought to the
Poggle the Lesser handed over the Death table was one consideration. The Empire
Star design to Count Dooku on Geonosis for used their people where they could, but it
him to deliver the plans to his master. The wasnt always possible. They had a lot of
Geonosians were responsible for crafting mouths to keep quiet.
the initial blueprint. Poggle told Dooku, As the Emperor had a full docket
The Jedi must not nd our designs for the leading a double life as Palpatine and
ultimate weapon. If they nd out what we Darth Sidious and also manipulating the
are planning to build, were doomed. rest of the known universe, he had to
The top secret project began then, appoint a right hand man to oversee the
kept hidden from even the Jedi. The Emperor Palpatine, the master planner. project. As we learn in the novel Tarkin, by
Clone Wars werent even over, but James Luceno the Emperor initially thought

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The planet-shattering superlaser is fitted onto the Death Star.

The rebels plan their action.

Dodd Rancit was the right person for the Then there was Orson Krennic, the beings much like they used supplies.
job. He served under Republic Intelligence brutal and ambitious director of Advanced The novel Star Wars: Aftermath, by Chuck
during the Clone Wars and worked with Weapons Research for the Empire. Wendig, revealed Wookiee slave laborers
Captain Wilhuff Tarkin at the time. When His obsession with the completion were among the aliens forced to operate
the war ended, Rancit moved to the Galactic of the Death Star drove him to enlist equipment utilized in the enterprise.
Empire and his rst assignment was on his old friend, the scientist Galen Erso, While the space station came together in
Sentinel Base, an outpost supporting whose brilliant mind was an important Geonosis orbit, the Empire had to staff
construction of the Death Star. He didnt cog in the battle stations constuction. off-world manufacturing facilities to
last. He was removed from the project and create the multitude of parts and pieces

LOCATION,
appointed as the head of the freshly created needed to complete the weapon. They
Navel Intelligence Agency. used a system of stations and depots to

LOCATION, LOCATION
The responsibility for overseeing the make the supply line difcult to trace.
Death Star shifted over to Moff Tarkin. To maintain secrecy from the prying
Ever the overachiever, Tarkin had suggested eyes of the Senate and such tireless
the symbol of power to Palpatine during the Where do you stage the construction rebels as Saw Gerrera, the Death Star was
Clone Wars. Tarkin faced challenges in his site of the most giantic weapon in the moved from Geonosis to Scarif in the years
post at Sentinel Basesabotage, shipment galaxy? Darth Sidious chose the space before A New Hope. When the crew of the
delays, and supply shortages all led to above Geonosis because access to the Ghost travels to Geonosis in the episode
missed deadlinesbut he proved his merit. planet was restricted to all but a few. the Honorable Ones from Star Wars
He navigated the problems and kept creation It ensured no passersby would wander Rebels Season Two, they nd remnants of
of the battle station more or less on track in and discover the project. construction modules. The Imperials and
for three years. Palpatine rewarded Tarkin, The project unfolded in secrecy for the Death Star were gone, and furthermore,
promoting him to Grand Moff. years above the planet. The Empire used no life remained on Geonosis. The Darth

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Vader comic, issue #4 provided illumination
on that front: the Empire sterilized the entire
planet and killed the Geonosians except
for a single queen. The move ensured the
Geonosians wouldnt discuss the behemoth
being built in their space.

MATERIAL NEEDS
Scrolling through a datapad to look at
the supply list for the Death Star would
probably take a while. The incredible
volume of even basic materials such as
metals required exploiting planets around
the galaxy. The Empire swooped into
places such as Lothal to ravage natural
resources. The galaxy paid a heavy price
for the Death Star.
As tricky as it might have been to
gather everyday materials, it was even
more difcult to nd the key component
for powering the Death Stars superlaser:
kyber crystals. The Force-attuned crystals
are best known for powering lightsabers,
but theyve played a role in making
superweapons for time immemorial.
Legends say ancient Sith used the
large kyber crystals for that purpose.
The unnished Clone Wars arc Crystal
Crisis on Utapau made mention of this,
and one was shown in the Star Wars
Rebels Season Two nale, Twilight of
the Apprentice. The Sith temple in the
episode had an intact version of one of
those superweapons.
Palpatine and the Empire scoured the
galaxy for kyber crystals, tapping into
every promising origin point. Crystal
Crisis illustrated Palpatines desperation
to get the materials. They did nd an easy
to obtain store on Ilum. The Jedi Order
traveled to the planet for a ritual wherein
younglings searched for the crystals to
make their lightsabers. But only a year
after the Empire started, theyd drained
the resources of Ilum. In the young adult
novel Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston, it is
revealed that the Empires invasion was
so complete the destruction was visible
from space.
The rebels hampered the Empires Darth Vader, the Emperors lethal enforcer.
efforts to attain kyber crystals when they
could. They didnt know precisely what
the Empire intended for the crystals, but overlooked. With the technical all but took his wrath and laid it bare
they suspected it involved weaponry. The readout of the battle station in in Vaders direction.
Ghost team stopped an Imperial convoy their hands at the base on Yavin 4, The rebels hard-won knowledge
moving crystals in the Star Wars Rebels the rebels examined the plans about the thermal exhaust port almost
Season One episode Breaking Ranks. thoroughly and spotted a aw in wasnt enough to win the day. The rebel
the Death Stars design: the thermal attack on the Death Star over Yavin 4

A FAILED EXPERIMENT
exhaust port. saw many casualties, and the small
Whats surprising is that something target made the mission extremely
this detrimental wasnt addressed. difcult to complete. Thankfully
All the hard work and careful engineering All we know is that the Emperors Luke Skywalker, aided by the Force,
was successful; the weapon functioned disappointment in the error was was able to nd his target as the
as it was intended. Tarkin executed a palpable in the Star Wars and Darth Empire prepared the nal coundown
successful test upon Alderaan. However, Vader comics, which were set after to obliterate the Rebel Alliance, once
one small piece of the station was the events of A New HopePalpatine and for all.

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SCIENTIST AND UNWILLING PARTICIPANT IN THE
CREATION OF THE DEATH STAR.

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At home Mikkelsen is
something else: a star,
an axiom, a face of the
resurgent Danish cinema .
A
fter being named Best Actor at role in Pusher II (2004) winning several Best (2013-2015), the actor told U.K magazine
the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Actor awards. ShortList: For me, hes the fallen angel:
for his role in Danish lm The Mikkelsen combined these projects with a Satan on Earth, a man who sees beauty
Hunt, Mads Mikkelsen was long-running TV role as a police ofcer in the where the rest of us see horror. Or, at least,
proled in the New York Times. Danish series Unit 1 (20002004). When this thats what I based him on. For an actor
In the Hollywood blockbuster universe, concluded, he joined Jerry Bruckheimers whose range spans from heroic knight to evil
it read, Mikkelsen has become a reliable big-screen re-imagining of King Arthur, incarnate, it is impossible to make any
character actor with an intriguing mug. playing Tristan alongside Star Wars alumni assumptions based on Mikkelsens casting to
At home he is something else: a star, Joel Edgerton as Gawain. In 2006, he played play Galen Erso, the scientic genius caught
an axiom, a face of the resurgent Le Chiffre in Daniel Craigs debut as James up in the Empires Death Star project. The
Danish cinema. Bond, Casino Royale, and the lead in After actor gave fans at Celebration Europe a little
Mikkelson studied ballet at the The Wedding, which earned him the award hint, saying that he invented something so
Balettakademien in Gothenberg, Sweden, for Best Actor at the Palm Springs beautiful, so fantastic, that it might change
and spent 10 years as a professional dancer International Film Festival. Other notable the universe. Beyond that, his character
before attending Denmarks rhus Theatre roles followed, including Igor Stravinsky in remains one of the mysteries of Rogue One.
School in 1996. His movie debut came in the Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009), Mikkelsen ends 2016 with roles in two of
same year, when he played a drug dealer in Rochefort in The Three Musketeers (2011), the years biggest movies, with Marvels
the Danish lm Pusher. Over the next and Johann Friedrich Struensee in A Royal Doctor Strange, in which he plays the mystic
decade, Mikkelson earned recognition in Affair (2012). villain Kaecilius, gracing theaters shortly
Europe for roles in diverse Danish movies For all this, it is Mikkelsens magnetic before Rogue One. Speaking to Esquire, he
such as Bleeder (1999), Flickering Lights personality as serial killer Hannibal Lecter maintained that there was no point focusing
(2000), and Shake It (2001). Awards and that has most captured imaginations in on the expectations that come with such
nominations followed for his work in Open America and made him a bona de major franchises, saying: Thats too much
Hearts (2002), and The Green Butchers Hollywood star. Describing the eponymous pressure. You just have to think, Oh, this is
(2003), with his reprisal of the drug dealer gure at the bloody heart of Hannibal cool. I like it. Lets go for it! a
BEGINNINGS
MUCH-LOVED STAR WARS AUTHOR JAMES LUCENO RETURNS TO THE SAGA WITH
STAR WARS: CATALYST. INTERVIEW BY MEGAN CROUSE.

G
alen Erso is working on a project
he thinks will be used in
peacetime, but we know that hes
toiling on the terrible Death Star.
Did you do any particular research into
historical examples of people who
worked on large-scale weapons projects
in the real world in order to get inside
his head?
I did a lot of reading about the Manhattan
Project, which seemed the obvious
equivalent. Many of the key scientists
and researchers knew full well that they
were working on a nuclear ssion weapon
an atomic bombbut others working
at heavy water or particle collider
installations were unaware of what their
research was ultimately contributing to.
The project was widely dispersed and
information was provided on a need-to-
know basis. I found some interesting
stories there, as well as in Germanys
attempts to create a bomb and perfect
the rocket. But in fact I was more
interested in the nature of manipulation
and self-delusion, which steered me
to Antonio Salieri and Mozart, Iago
and Othello, and to some extent
the Watchmens Dr. Jon Osterman
Doctor Manhattanespecially the way
he is depicted in the lm adaptation.

We also see a bit of Jyn Erso, although


shes just a baby when she rst meets
Krennic. Did you have any particular goals
in writing the beginnings of her story?
Jyn is an infant when Orson Krennic
rst meets her, but she is almost
ve years old by the time Catalystends,
and her earliest memories provide an
impetus for whats to come in Rogue One.
Her experiences with her parents
some of them near fatalplay
an important role in who she is
as an adult, and inform many of her
decisions and actions.

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Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen).
orson krennic is both
his harshest critic and
most steadfast admirer.

Galens wife Lyra Erso will also make her than most Star Wars villains. He isnt
debut appearance in the novel. What does a Sith Lord like Palpatine or Plagueis,
she bring to Catalyst? an enforcer like Maul, or a crippled,
Galens love of scientic research is second fallen Force-wielder like Vader. He
only to his love for his family, and Lyra is lacks the diabolical imperturbability
not only the one who keeps him grounded, of Tarkin and the penetrating
but acts as a kind of sounding board perception that characterizes Thrawn.
for his theories. She is also a staunch He is instead a masterful wheeler-dealer,
supporter of Galens refusal to take part in capable of changing strategies on the
military research. An explorer of remote y to realize his goals. His innate
worlds, with ample survival skills, her volatilityeven when up against people
inuence on Jyn cannot be overstated. capable of crushing or demoting him on
Most of all, Lyras relationship with Orson a whimgives him a brazenness that
Krennic is almost as important as Galens hasnt been seen before. Like many in
relationship with the Imperial Director of the early days of the Empire, he is eager
Special Weapons, and she plays pivotal to elevate himself and gain entry
roles in both the novel and the lm. to the Emperors inner circle, but he
actually derives more satisfaction from
What was it like to bring Ben Mendelsohn outwitting adversaries than garnering
into the story as Orson Krennic? praise. He is both his harshest critic
As I did when writing Tarkinand and most steadfast admirer.
researching the various roles Peter
Cushing played through his long lm Although Catalyst sets up a Rebellion-
career, I binge-watched a host of Ben era story, its set during Chancellor
Mendelsohn movies. He is featured Palpatines senate term during the
in way more lms than I initially Clone Wars. Did you have to make any
realized, and I had a great deal of fun particular adjustments in order to show
screening everything from The Big the difference between the two eras?
Steal to The Dark Knight Rises and The novel begins shortly after the start of
trying to imagine Ben starring as the the Clone Wars, but ends in the third year
young Orson Krennic in Catalyst. of the Empire. As with Tarkin, the time
span allowed me to delve more deeply into
Youve often gotten inside the heads that important period of transition, during
of villains in your books. Did you aim which the Emperor is slowly rolling out his
to make Krennic sympathetic, or plan to dominate the entire galaxy. Fear
feared, or a bit of both? of the military is on the rise, and of course
Krennic is cut from a different cloth the Death Star is under construction.

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Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn)

I like the idea that


bens character was much
more working class.

T
o understand Australian actor States until recently, Mendelsohns
Ben Mendelsohns commitment extensive body of work reects the
to getting into character, you commitment and dedication with which he
need look no further than his has honed his craft. Working in Australian
appearance at this summers television and lm in the 1980s, he quickly
Rogue One panel at Celebration Europe in drew attention for his role in The Year My
London. Unlike his co-stars, who walked Voice Broke (1987), earning an Australian
out from backstage wearing their own Film Institute Award for Best Supporting
clothes, Mendelsohn entered the venue by Actor. Over the following decade he took
marching through the audience in his full starring roles in a series of Australian
Director Krennic costume, anked by a lms, including Cosi (1996) and Idiot Box
pair of menacing death troopers! In true (1996), and earned further award
Star Wars spirit, the Director wears not nominations for The Big Steal (1990),
only an Imperial uniform but also a The Efciency Expert (1992), and Metal
full-length cape. Unlike Darth Vaders Skin (1994). He appeared in the American
deathly black, however, Krennics cape is survival thriller Vertical Limit (2000),
white, suggesting a different type of villain. before returning to Australia to take the
I like the idea that Bens character was lead in Mullet (2001). His movie career
much more working-class, director progressed in tandem with his TV work,
Gareth Edwards told USA Today, adding which included guest stints on Farscape
that Krennics success comes from (1999-2003) and Girls (2012-) in the U.S.,
sheer force of personality and ideas. as well as acclaimed roles in Love My Way
This air for making an impression (2006-2007) and Tangle (2009) in Australia.
seems to describe the actor just as Mendelsohns breakout role for U.S.
much as the character. audiences happened in the Netix original
Though not widely known in the United series Bloodline (2015-), a Florida Keys

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Krennic strides through the Scarif base.
krennic is smarter,
er,
st
i think, than most
rs.
of his predecessors.
ve.
Hes more inventive.

thriller about the demons that shake a family was already highly prized.
ed. Krennic, too,
to its core. As Danny Rayburn, the troubled seemingly relies far more re on brains than
brother among four siblings, Mendelsohn he Empire.
brawn in his service to the
garnered Best Supporting Actor nominations Out of costume and no o longer in
at the Critics Choice and Golden Globe character, Mendelsohn conrmed to
Awards, and a win in the same category at ope that Director
fans at Celebration Europe
the 2016 Primetime Emmys. Krennic stands out from previous Imperial
Described as a cruel but brilliant man Star Wars villains. He iss smarter, I think,
who has staked his reputation on the than most of his predecessors,
essors, the actor
delivery of the functional battle station explained. Hes more inventive.
nventive.
to the Emperor, Director Orson Longtime Industrial Light & Magic
Krennic should be the role that makes visual effects guru John Knoll, who pitched
Mendelsohn a household name. His the standalone story thatt grew into Rogue
iconic look has already been a big hit One, likewise told Entertainment
tainment Weekly,
with fans before he even hit the screen The bad guy is a lot morere terrifying when
(see page 12). hes really smart, and really
eally effective.
One intriguing aspect of his storyline With a similarly brilliant
ant and cunning
was revealed in the tie-in book Catalyst: adversaryGrand Admiral ral Thrawn
A Rogue One Novel: Krennic has a appearing in the latest season of Star Wars
connection to Jyn Ersos parents that Rebels, there is far moree than just military
dates all the way back to the Clone Wars, might bearing down on the rebels in their
when Galen Ersos scientic expertise darkest hours!

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AT-ACT
AT-ACTs (All Terrain Armored Cargo Transport) on Scarif.
Tom Tenery, Concept Artist.
ROGUE ONE CONCEPT ART
CASSIAN
ANDOR
DIEGO LUNA PORTRAYS
A REBEL CAPTAIN WHO
EMBARKS ON A DEADLY MISSION.
C
assian Andor is an intelligence
ofcer and rebel leader who is noted
among his troops for diverse skills
and abilities. Choosing Diego Luna
for the role in Rogue One, therefore,
seems to be a perfect match. The Mexico-
born actor is also a producer, director,
narrator, lm festival organizer, and human
rights advocate. Yet, for all his
accomplishments, Luna told an enthusiastic
audience at this summers Celebration
Europe that he was excited to work on
Star Wars specically because of the fans
and their energy.
Born to British costume designer Fiona
Alexander and Mexican set designer
Alejandro Luna in 1979, Diego began his lm
career as a child, appearing in Antonieta
(1982). Ten years later he joined the cast of
Mexican telenovela El Abuelo y Yo (1992-),
then moved on to the soap opera El Premio
Mayor. In 2001 he joined his El Abuelo y Yo
co-star Gael Garca Bernal in the Alfonso
Cuarn-directed road movie Y Tu Mam

the heroes
have no
powers. what
they have is
conviction.

Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones)


Tambin, which broke Mexican box ofce and Cassian Andor (Diego
records and earned Golden Globe Luna) on Jedha.
nominations for Best Original Screenplay
and Best Foreign Language Film.
This success led to Lunas rst Hollywood
lm roles, cast alongside Jon Bon Jovi in
Vampires: Los Muertos (2002), Salma Hayek
in the Oscar-winning Frida (2002), and Kevin
Costner in Open Range (2003), before starring
in the Dirty Dancing re-imagining, Havana
Nights (2004). In the following years, Luna
continued to work frequently in front of the
camera while also developing his lm
production company, Canana Films. A
partnership with Garca Bernal and producer
Pablo Cruz, the company soon began to make
its mark in Mexico with a series of socially
conscious lms. Meanwhile, in the U.S., Luna
continued to push boundaries with roles such
as Jack Lira, the troubled boyfriend of gay
rights activist Harvey Milk, in the critically
lauded biopic Milk (2008).
In 2010, Katy Perry fans were introduced
to Luna as The One That Got Away in her Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) with K-2SO.
video for the song of the same name, while in

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2013, sci- acionados got to know him as
Julio, a friend of Matt Damons lead character
Max, in Elysium. Luna then stepped back
behind the camera to direct the biopic Csar
Chvez (2014), about the American labor
leader, and to voice one of the two leads
alongside Zo Saldana in the animated
lm The Book of Life (2014). His most recent
movie before Rogue One is The Bad Batch
(2016); and in 2017 he will feature in
Ferdinand, the animated tale of a bull; and
the rebooted Flatliners.
In addition to acting, producing, and
directing, Luna also helps curate the
wide-ranging Ambulante Documentary
Film Festival. The event, which takes place
in Mexico and California, aims to bring
documentary lms to new audiences. He
also has worked with the human rights
organization Washington Ofce on Latin
America to challenge arms trafcking and
to honor the journeys made by immigrants.
In a recent interview with the Mexican
edition of Vanity Fair, Luna described Cassian
Andor as someone who is used to always
being in the ght, something which the
magazine compared to the actors own
fearlessness to express his views on any
social issue during press conferences.
Luna has also drawn comparisons between
Rogue One and his own experiences. The
characters are very similar to us, he says.
These heroes have no powers. What they
Cassian Andor (Diego Luna)
have is a conviction and desire to change
on the battlefield.
reality. It is a social movement. a

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BEARDED DRAGON
Here is my Bearded Dragon,
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Alan Summers, by email

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Here is my grandson Leonardo
Rodolfo Marquez Santos dressed
as Darth Vader for Halloween!
He is just over one year old. His
parents wanted to dress him as
the greatest Sith Lord! This has
made me very happy as I have
been a Star Wars fan ever since
I was 10 years old. My grandson
is the next generation,
May the Force be with him...
forever!
Leonardo Rodolfo Y
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THE LEGEND OF JEDI BRADY
I just wanted to take a moment to share
a great event we recently participated
in for the Make-A-Wish foundation.
A 7-year-old boy named Brady who
suffers from a rare form of Leukemia
had a dream to become a Jedi and defeat
Darth Vader and his Legion. With the help
of the MAW foundation, the 501st Legion
Florida Garrison Everglades Squad,
The Rebel Legion Ra Kura Base and the
Magic City Jedi, we made his wish come
true! Between the various groups, there
were more than 50 of us who attended to
bring Bradys dream to life. It was such
an amazing experience, and seeing
everyone come together to make it all
happen was epic to say the least. The
camaraderie and teamwork in the Star
Wars fan and costuming community is the Raymond F. Kravis Center for and the Empire was defeated. The crowd
simply fantastic! the Performing Arts. He delivered cheered with relief and pride for their West
the holocron and underwent advanced Palm Beach Jedi Knight. In a ceremony
Heres how it all played out Jedi training. He also used the Force to following the battle, a police sergeant and
levitate bricks. Then he was anointed the mayor were there to present Jedi
In a galaxy far, far away (West Palm an ofcial Jedi Knight by Master Jedi Knight Brady with the key to the city.
Beach) there is a 7-year-old boy named Brown. Right at that moment, R2-D2 Bradys mother said, I dont have
Brady who is battling Leukemia. More arrived with the ominous news that words really. I knew it was going to be
than anything in the universe, he wanted Darth Vader was invading CityPlace to amazing but feeling the love and support is
to become Jedi Brady. Rey from Star look for the holocron. really what warmed my heart as a parent.
Wars: The Force Awakens delivered a Jedi Brady was rushed away in the
holocron to Bradyit had secret plans SWAT truck to an epic battle between Wish Granters: Caroline Mantel &
and he had to keep it safe. good and evil. The battle was long and Pamela Syx. Referred by Danielle Treu,
On the day of the event, Brady was hard, but Jedi Brady was victorious. his mother. Wish granted in honor of
escorted in a West Palm Beach Police Darth Vader was overpowered, the Mindy Brown.
Department SWAT truck to the Jedi holocron was safely returned to the rebel Jason Poulin, TI-6276, 501st Legion,
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13. Obi-Wan Kenobi
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EXCLUSIVE FICTION

THE

VOICE
OF THE

EMPIRE
A STAR WARS STORY
BY MUR LAFFERTY
WITH ART BY JASON CHAN
D
ont say a word. Stone-faced HoloNet News editor elderly X-0X unit about the size of her hand. Its been very
Mandora Catabe didnt say it out loud, but the good to me, and I know it will serve you the same way.
message was clear. Calliope Drouths eyes icked The droid was dome-shaped, and its original color was
from Mandora, seated at her desk, to the man probably red or orange, but it was hard to tell as the paint had
standing behind her, smiling widely, hands clasped behind his worn off with age. It extended three spidery legs and rose
back. Mandoras face was set, grim, her eyes xed on Calliopes. from the desk, wobbled, and fell over on its side. It beeped
Thats an Imperial smile. Calliope had hoped to be called in plaintively until Mandora righted it.
to hear about the promotion shed asked for, but that hope It will probably be better on your shoulder, now that
died when she saw Mandoras face. I think about it, she said, smiling fondly at Zox and ignoring
Calliope, sit down, Mandora said, indicating the chair Calliopes confusion entirely.
opposite her desk. This is Eridan Wesyse. I wanted to tell you But X-0X doesnt transmit, it only records, Calliope said.
rst: Im retiring, effective immediately, and Mr. Wesyse will Why cant I take one of the newer droids?
be your new editor-in-chief. Wesyse frowned. Unfortunately, the military did a recall
Where Mandora was small and shrewd, suspicious of of all of the transmitting droids reporters were using. Turns
anyone and everyone, Eridan looked as if he would always out there were some technical problems.
listen sympathetically, smile kindly, and report whatever t Calliope wanted to laugh, but her spine had turned to ice.
the kind of story he wanted to tell; Calliope knew the type. Did he know how transparent he was being? Stiing the press
She nodded. Shed seen the man around, doing Imperial by removing their ability to transmit video feeds would drive
PR. Nice to meet you, sir, she said. Ive seen you at some the press in a direction Calliope didnt want to go. She opened
events, havent I? her mouth, but Mandora interrupted her.
He nodded, smiling wider. You do have good eyes, he Anyway, Im retiring and it needs a good owner. I know
said. Mandora said youd be my star reporter. Yes, Ive done you will treasure it as much as I always have. She gave it
some work for the Empire, and I will continue to as Mondoras another push, her steely blue eyes locking onto Calliopes.
replacement. You see, the Empire wanted to have a tighter Take the droid.
he paused, searching for the word, connection to HNN. Well Calliopes mind raced as she put her hand over the small
want to keep on all of the loyal staff, though, so you shouldnt dome. They were balanced on the edge of something very
worry about your job. sharp now. Thank you, Mandora. Ill treasure it.
Calliope couldnt help glancing at Mandora. Much of the HNN staff had plans to go to the terrace of the
No, Im the only one leaving. I was already contemplating HoloNet News building to watch the Empire Day parade
my retirement, Mandora said, her eyes indicating no such below. Thousands of ofcers and soldiers marched by, anked
thing. The Empire just made me an offer I couldnt refuse. by the Empires machines of war. They were followed by small
How generous, Calliope said, her mouth going dry. What vehicles showing off the new Imperial TIE striker, designed
plans do you have for HNN, Mr. Wesyse? for both suborbital ight and atmospheric ight, using state
Were going to start by giving you a promotion! he said. of the art technology in navigation and speed.
Were promoting you to Senior Reporter and calling you the Calliope shook Mandoras hand, wishing she could talk to
Voice of the Empire. We were so impressed with your work on her and nd out what was really going on. She waved to her
the Wookiee threat. coworkers and left during the parade. She was hardly dressed
Calliope froze. Her piece on the Wookiee threat had been for an Imperial Ball, as she had been expecting an average
heavily edited by Imperial censors, removing the main point of day at the ofce, and had to rush home to change.
her story entirely and nearly causing Calliope to quit. Calliope spared a look over her shoulder as the new TIE
Based on your noteworthy history with HNN, Wesyse ghters were displayed to the crowds. She had hoped to do
continued, its obvious we want to promote you. Its quite an a story on them, but doubted shed ever get the chance now
honor to be the one person on camera that countless citizens if she were doing shallow interviews of famous people.
will watch to get their news!
That is an honor, Calliope agreed, using the smooth
voice she used on sources she knew were lying. Thank you Calliope rummaged in her closet for her few pieces of
for the promotion. Im looking forward to the new direction fancy clothing. She had reported from the front lines of wars,
you will take us in, Editor Wesyse. from the bridges of starships, from high atop a tree as she
She wanted to take Mandora aside and ask her what was reported a raid on a droid manufacturing plant. Shed endured
going on, why was this happening, but Mandoras normally a broken arm, several burns, and one cut on her cheek, which
animated face was set, which scared Calliope more than she refused to surgically remove, as it was a reminder to all
anything. about how seriously she took her job.
As our newly appointed Voice of the Empire, were And now she had to pull out the ivory gown that she had
throwing you at your rst story, actually, Wesyse continued. worn to her sisters wedding. She had to admit it was
You are to cover the Imperial Ball tonight. We got you an beautiful, woven with smart strands of synthetic ber that
invitation, which was no easy task. He paused here, as if to gave off shimmers of different colors depending on the angle
give her a chance to thank him, but she pulled out a small of the light on the dress. The ivory contrasted well with her
keyboard and started taking notes, nodding for him to dark skin and delicate features, although accessorizing with a
continue. You are to go and interview the dignitaries, report rusty droid would be challenging.
what people are wearing, mention how good the food is, and Finally dressed, she put X-0X on her shoulder. It beeped
so on. Your job is to show the Empire in a way the public inquisitively at her. Its beep was more like a strangled chirp:
doesnt get to see it. Make it more accessible. By giving them this droid had been around for decades, and her boss had
the inside view, the Empire becomes their Empire. never replaced it.
Understand? Why Mandora insisted I bring you, Ill never know, she
Before Calliope could protest that investigative journalism said, and then stopped abruptly. X-0X whirred in a way that
was her preferred area of news, Mandora pushed something sounded much like the newer, sleeker droids, and its
across the desk at her. Im giving you Zox. I wont need it scratched ocular lens glowed. Had it been modied?
after I retire. Its yours now. She patted the little droid, an A hologram appeared in front of Calliope. Mandora paced

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within the small circle of X-0Xs beam, showing nally the She stopped herself from chasing after Mr. Antiquities as
energy and erceness that Calliope had expected. someone new swept into the room. All eyes xated on the
Calliope. I dont have much time. As of right now, the newcomer, and some young Imperial ofcers at the bar began
Empire is taking over HNN. Im out, but you can still stay in. whispering in hushed tones. Calliope edged closer to them.
They will censor you. They will silence you. They will enrage I dont believe you, one said to the other. She was tall,
you. Mandora stopped and jabbed her nger at Calliope, nearly two meters, with the same dark skin as Calliope.
spitting out one word per jab. But I need you to stay where you Her companion was shorter and pale, his cheeks ruddy
are. from already enjoying the owing alcohol. Fine, dont believe
The hologram began pacing again, a few steps to keep me, he said. Doesnt make it any less true.
within the ability of X-0X to record. This will be my last You were there, with him? For Project Celestial Power?
message to you. Im leaving Coruscant. The ght against the she asked.
Empire is bigger than we ever expected, and Im going to help He shushed her frantically, his head swiveling around to
them however I can. see who had overheard. Calliope kept watching the new man
Against the Empire? Calliope whispered. Shed found entering the roomtall, pale, with a long white cape that
evidence of resistance while researching some of her stories, shone in the light. Everyone seemed fascinated with him, but
but Mandora had stopped every attempt to report on them. he only gave attention to the high-ranking Imperials drinking
They didnt have enough to broadcast yet, shed said. from thin utes in the corner.
You have a few choices. Im sure if you do what Eridan Yes, I was with him, now be quiet about it. If were
Wesyse wishes you to, you will be rewarded. Voice of the overheard I could be demoted! He ngered his insignia of
Empire. The Empire does appreciate loyalty. But youre better rank on his chest. And I just got this.
than that. Youre smarter than that. And my... friends could Yes, you said so. About ve times, his companion said,
use you. The second option available to you is dangerous and, sounding bored.
she paused and smiled, subversive. Calliope looked at their uniforms as if for the rst time,
Calliope listened to the second option, hope and and approached. The pale ofcer looked worried, but stood
excitement blossoming within her. This was the kind of his ground.
reporting she could get behind. Calliope Drouth, HoloNet
News, she said. Everyone is
impressed with that man who just
X-0X clung to her gown, and she came in, but I cant place him. Who
didnt even mind it crushing the Calliope kept watching is that?
fabric. It burbled and beeped at her That is Commander Krennic,
as she approached the Imperial
the new man entering the tall woman said. Hes the
Palace. What exactly did she do to the roomtall, pale with architect behind some of the
modify you, anyway? she asked. It a long white cape that Emperors greatest projects.
remained silent. All classied, I would expect,
Calliope walked past the dozens shone in the light. Calliope said, smiling.
of Imperial guards, and then the Of course, the pale ofcer said.
helmeted troopers, who always I would love to nd out more
made her shiver. She showed her about him, Ofcer... she raised her
press credentials and invitation to the stern-faced guard at eyebrows and waited for him to supply his name.
the top of the staircase. He frowned, casting a suspicious eye Tino. Ofcer Tino, he said. He indicated his
on X-0X. That a recording droid? companion. Thats Ofcer Wick.
It is, she said, smiling. Its vintage, mostly for show. Its Ofcer Wick bowed, looking amused. Calliope decided she
here with HNN Editor-in-chief Eridan Wesyses blessing. liked her.
Recognizing the name, he gestured her through. Ill get the next round, she said. Incidentally, what do
She thought of the impoverished people on far-off systems you two think of the fashion here tonight?
and wondered who among them would want to know which
designer a diplomat from Alderaan would be wearing. But she
went dutifully to nd out. Once she had the ofcers talking, Calliope managed to steer
Oddly enough, Alderaan had sent a junior diplomat who the conversation toward the various dignitaries aunting
looked as if his suit was very uncomfortable. She joined him at themselves in the ballroom.
the bar. Now, that is Ambassador Oaan from the third moon around
You look like this is your rst Empire Day, she said to Jaatovi, Wick said. The ambassador was tall and thin with long
him, smiling. Im Calliope Drouth, HoloNet News. black hair cascading down her back, moving with grace through
His pale eyes scanned hers, and he swallowed. Pol the crowd. She reached Commander Krennic and began
Treader. I recognize you. And what youre really asking is why speaking with him.
Alderaan sent someone so young to such an important day. She is so subtle she could step through a lightning storm and
She laughed. If youre going to succeed in diplomacy, not get zapped, Wick said. Id watch out for her.
youre going to have to be much less direct. She took the Or interview her, Calliope said, winking. She took a testing
drink offered by the bartender. step away from her new friends, and they began protesting.
Diplomacy isnt my usual job title, Pol said, pulling at his You cant leave, you just got here! Tino said. You can talk
waistcoat. Im here as a favor to the Organas. They couldnt to her later!
make it. Everyone likes the woman buying the drinks, Mandora had
That was interesting. Why not? always told her, and she returned to them and got another round.
He shrugged and looked irritated at her. They dont tell If she could make these ofcers feel they owed her something, so
me things like that. Im just an assistant in antiquities. He much the better.
wandered away. Calliope pointed to Tinos mark of rank. It looks as if you
Who did your suit? she called after him, but he was gone. made an impression on Commander Krennic, she said,

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handing the bartender credits for the drinks. It sounds like the Emperor is looking for a place to spend a holiday! She
hes doing highly classied things. You could be heroes and tapped on X-0X and frowned when it did nothing. Then she
few would ever know. What does that feel like? pulled her small keyboard from her bag and began typing.
Tino nished his drink in one gulp and focused on Where is he looking to vacation?
Calliope, blinking a few times. His eyes fell on the silent droid Tino frowned. No, its not like that. Whod want to spend
on her shoulder. Hes already a war hero, he conded. I-I time on Jedha for fun, anyway?
cant tell you why. Whod want to scout there? Calliope said. She got
Of course you cant, Calliope said, nodding. Thats not another round of drinks. Tino excused himself to visit
the actions of an ofcer whos caught the commanders eye. the lavatory.
Speaking of which, where did he get that amazing cape? Wick sighed when he was out of earshot. That guy. A
Shed guessed right; neither ofcer felt like following her screw-up through the academy. I carried him, you know. And
lead about fashion. Wick brought up how she could be then luck hit him and missed me, and hes under Krennic and
transferred to Tinos ship. Im, well... She looked down at her empty glass and Calliope
We need scouts more than anything, he said. Hows gently removed it and put a full one there.
your tracking? Im doing shuttle runs, she nally said.
Wick made a face. Im a pilot. I havent spent time in any Shuttle pilots can scout, Calliope said. You have a wider
terrain but a city since I was a child. view of the terrain. You need to seize opportunity, tell them
What do you need with scouts? Calliope asked. Ill bet why they need you. Youve got hot hands at the helm,

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You may just miss something
that could make your career.
Or you could be lucky enough
to miss something that could
destroy your career.

what are we toasting?


To Wicks future, Calliope said, raising her
glass again.
Who carried you through the Academy, Wick reminded
him. Who may just be the next hot officer to find the
commander some of those fancy crystals!
Tifino looked meaningfully at Calliope, who listed
toward the wall and fiddled with X-0X, which was still
unresponsive. Wick waved a hand, dismissing her. Shes
as drunk as we are. Besides, her recording droid died a
while back. She gulped and stood a little straighter,
looking at Calliope. You arent going to mention this,
are you?
Depends, she said. Are you going to tell me who
made the commanders cape or not? Because thats the
story Im chasing.
They laughed, and Calliope mock frowned at them. No,
really. If I dont report that, Im going to get into serious
trouble with my new editor. Everyone on Coruscant is going to
want one!
The ofcers laughed, and Wick launched into a very funny
joke about bartenders on planets with high seawater content.
Suddenly, X-0X gave a strangled chirp and tumbled off of
Calliopes shoulder. It landed hard on its dome and bounced a
meter away. Calliope went to retrieve it, and as she reached
out, a black boot settled gently on the droids still-rolling body
and stopped it. She straightened and looked up into the face of
Commander Krennic.
Is this yours? he asked, picking the silent droid up
swiftly. Calliope groaned inwardly.
Yes, its not the most reliable, Calliope said, glaring at
the little droid. She looked up and met Krennics eyes, blue
and searching. She held out a gloved hand and he looked at it
for a moment, and then shook it instead of giving X-0X back.
So she introduced herself instead. Commander Krennic, its
an honor. Im Calliope-
He scrutinized the droid. Drouth, yes, with HoloNet
News, he said. I was under the impression we would supply
our reporters with better equipment.
right? Wick nodded, realization dawning on her face. Actually we just heard the military recalled our newer
Youve got sharp eyes, right? Sharper than Tifinos? droids. Anything to serve the Emperors cause, but that leaves
Much sharper, Wick scoffed. us with, well, she indicated X-0Xs sorry state.
Then you tell your superiors that shuttle pilots can be How old is this droid? he asked.
just as good at scouting as troops on the ground. Better. I dont know, she said. It was a gift from my former
You can see lights, smoke, the movement of groups. The editor. I keep it mainly for nostalgia purposes. And recording,
Empire needs you to look for hidden enemies. when it works.
Wick had been nodding fervently at her, and then Nostalgia and connections to loved ones, he mused.
frowned and stopped nodding. No, theyre not looking for Some would consider it a weakness.
enemies. Theyre looking for some kind of crystals. What While others would consider it a comfort, she said.
were they called? Cyder? Kyber? Hyper? Something like He smiled slightly. I would denitely think the inability to
that. Anyway, Tifinos team just found a huge stash of them. record things is a weakness for a reporter. You may just miss
Thats what got him his new rank. something that could make your career. Or you could be lucky
And you carried that guy! Calliope said, eyes wide enough to miss something that could destroy your career.
with outrage. Calliope thought of the data that Mandora had sent her.
And I carried that guy, Wick said firmly, nodding. They She hadnt erased it from the droid yet; and now it was in
clinked glasses and drank. Krennics hands.
Tifino returned with a confused smile. Wait, I want in, She smiled back at him. I try not to rely on it too much.

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Then how will you gather your information to report on the
Imperial Ball? he asked. Surely youre missing all of the gossip Calliope knew that if she
by ddling with a broken droid.
protested too much, shed
Im getting gossip at the bar, sir, she said. I just found
out your tailors name. Do you know that youre setting make herself look suspicious.
fashion trends? She glanced back at Wick and
Krennic focused on the ofcers behind her, who were frozen
at attention. Tino, he said. Are you making the most of your
then looked meaningfully
shore leave? at Krennic.
Tino nodded, unable to speak.
Good. He looked down at X-0X, held in his long, gloved
ngers. If youd allow me to borrow this droid, Ms. Drouth, he around the room and focusing on the miserable nobody from
said. I know some tinkers who can x it right up. Alderaan. I see an ambassador I need to talk to, I hope you
Calliope knew that if she protested too much, shed make both have a lovely evening. She nodded to them both, passed
herself look suspicious. She glanced back at Wick and then behind Krennic, and then gave Wick a thumbs up. The woman
looked meaningfully at Krennic. Come on, she mouthed. Nows smiled at her before making her case to the stern
your chance. commander.
Wick swallowed and then lunged forward, stumbling slightly. She did carry Tino, after all, Calliope muttered to
Commander, she stammered, putting a hand on his white coat herself. She put X-0X on her shoulder where it gripped her as
and then pulling it off as if she just remembered herself. Ofcer tightly as it had before. Lets circle the room once or twice
Ianna Wick, sir, and I wanted to make my case for joining your and then get you home and into a good oil bath that will scrub
next mission. you clean of everything.
Krennic frowned at her, and opened his mouth, but Wick
forged on ahead, Im a shuttle pilot, best in my class at the
Academy, and Tino said you needed scouts- Calliope faced the camera, smiling with experienced ease
Calliope had no love for the Empire, but shed developed a as the transmission to countless planets concluded. She
soft spot for Wick. She prayed the Imperial wouldnt blow it by deftly doublechecked the monitor to ensure her hands were
saying too much in front of Calliope. Lucky for all involved, still visible in the feed.
X-0X chose that time to come back online, its sensor glowing We here at HNN hope you enjoyed your Empire Day. Last
again and beeping in a confused way. It buzzed, vibrating in night, I was afforded an inside look at the elegance and nery
Krennics hand. of the Imperial Palace ball. The monitors showed the footage
There you are, Calliope said, interrupting Wick. She reached X-0X had gotten before it had malfunctioned, panning around
up and took the droid from the distracted Krennic, who frowned the room and focusing on the well-dressed dignitaries. I can
at her. Hes working now, sir. Thanks for your offer, but you have report that the fashion of Coruscant is going to be taking its
more important things to do at this ball. Like listen to this young lead from the attendees! From the sharply dressed dignitary
woman discuss her career with you. She made a play of looking from Alderaan to the elegant dress uniforms of the upper

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echelon of the Imperial Forces, these attendees showed more
than their diplomatic and military might, but also their fashion
sense. Our Imperial Forces are, well, a force to be reckoned
with, both on the battleeld and in the ballroom! You can nd
some of the superstar tailors who dressed our dignitaries
listed on your screen. Youd better get your call in soon! This
is Calliope Drouth, your voice of the Empire.
The light above the camera died, and Calliope sat back
and sighed, forcing her shoulders to loosen. Eridan Wesyse
hurried up to her, beaming. Even better than your script, so
vivid! he sang. Im going to put you on all the society
stories! He frowned. I would have liked more interviews
with the whos-who of the Empire, though.
My droid malfunctioned halfway through the night,
Calliope said truthfully. I did what I could.
He clapped her on the back and rushed away to converse
with another reporter. She nally unclasped her hands. I got
away with it.
Now the question was, would anyone hear her true report?
Mandoras message had included a le on code phrases and
cyphers, which Calliope had used to carefully select the words
in her transmission. The position of her hands during the
broadcast would clue the subversives in to which algorithm
to run on her seemingly vapid report. With any luck, they
would be on their way to Jedha within the hour. Calliope didnt
know what kyber crystals were, but if they were important
enough for Krennic to go after, they had to be important The events of this story tie in with
enough to report. Star Wars Catalyst: A Rogue One novel
If what Mandora said was true, Calliope was one of many by James Luceno, and Rogue One: A Star Wars
spies, gathering information against the Empire. Story novelization by Alexander Freed available
She thought of Ofcers Wick and Tino: possibly invisible now from Del Rey Books.
heroes in the Empires eyes. She knew how that felt now.
No one would ever know her work, not if she did her job
right. No one but X-0X, which sat on her desk in her ofce,
beeping quietly to itself.
She was growing fond of the little nuisance.

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