Riz Ahmed is soon to aid the Rebel Alliance in their battle against the evil Empire in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as pilot Bodhi Rook. Ahmed recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about this new character and how he decided to portray him onscreen.
“Bodhi is someone who’s been running away his whole life. His planet gets occupied, so he goes, ‘How do I get out of here?’ And the way was by becoming a long-distance cargo pilot. But, of course, that comes with guilt. If you look down and you’re wearing the same Imperial uniform with the same insignia that the people occupying your planet are wearing, it’s guilt and a lot of running away. I had the idea that this character is jittery. He’s jumpy. There’s a restlessness to him. This comes from the trauma and guilt.”
Rogue One will boast the most diverse cast of characters to ever be seen in a Star Wars movie to date. Ahmed went on to discuss how he felt this franchise is leading the way in Hollywood when it comes to embracing character diversity.
“I feel like Star Wars is leading the way. I like to think we are all heading in this direction. Some people are kicking and screaming or dragging their feet. Some people are sprinting. It’s really a credit to [Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy and the team there that they want to embrace the future and the reality of a global film market. It feels contemporary, it feels global. Culture is a space for us to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes, so why don’t we just have as many different kinds of shoes as possible?”
Starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, and Ben Mendelsohn, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits the big screen on December 16th with advanced tickets going on sale through multiple outlets this Monday.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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