Rogue One: A Star Wars Story blasted into theatres this week with all of the fanfare and anticipation that any new Star Wars movie brings. Set just before the events of 1977’s Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Rogue One follows a ragtag band of rebel agents tasked with retrieving the plans for the Empire’s dreaded super weapon: the Death Star. One of those rebels, Bodhi Rook, is a new and somewhat unwitting recruit, a disillusioned Imperial cargo pilot swept up in a mission with galaxy changing stakes. Played by rising star Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, HBO’s The Night Of), Rook is a highlight of Rogue One, the kind of underdog character you can’t help but root for no matter the odds.
We had a chance to speak with Ahmed while he was in Toronto to promote Rogue One. We discussed his “space trucker” character, how he dealt with the spectacle on set, the diversity of the cast, and whether or not he took anything home from the set for his Dork Shelf!
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