Rogue One Newcomer

I’m participating again in Star Wars ComLINKS, a Star Wars themed monthly link up. This month’s topic is: Rogue One Newcomer.

I have to admit, it has taken me quite a while to get excited about the upcoming Star Wars film, Rogue One. I’ve been keeping up with the news and information out there about the film, and I’ve watched all the trailers for it, but it wasn’t until the final trailer that I got really excited about the film.

After reading this month’s prompt for Star Wars ComLINKS I spent a couple days trying to figure out which character I am most excited to see on the big screen. At first my mind jumped to C2-B5 because I immediately fell in love with him when I saw (and purchased) the Elite Series die-cast Figure on Force/Rogue Friday. Sadly, since he’s not a main character (that we know of) I don’t think he’ll be in the film that much.

C2-B5. I mean, seriously, how cute is this lil guy?
C2-B5. I mean, seriously, how cute is this lil guy?

My next pick for Rogue One Newcomer came mostly because I enjoy the work of the actor who portrays the character. K-2SO is being voiced by Alan Tudyk whose credits include the much beloved (and canceled too soon) Firefly, Con Man, and lots and lots of voice over work. Tudyk has done a lot of voice over work in recent Disney films such as, Wreck-It Ralph (King Candy), Frozen (Duke of Weselton), Big Hero 6 (Krei), Zootopia (Duke Weaselton), as well as the upcoming film Moana (hilariously cast as Hei Hei the Rooster). It is interesting to note that in most of his roles for Disney he has portrayed the villain, or perceived villain. His character in Rogue One is said to be a reprogrammed Imperial security droid now loyal to the Alliance, but based on Tudky’s previous work I wouldn’t put it past Disney to have K-2SO revert back to his original purpose.

K-2SO's towering stature suits him as a sentry droid
K-2SO’s towering stature suits him as a security droid

Finally, after thinking it though, I settled on Director Orson Krennic.

I’m interested in Director Krennic not only because he is the director of Advanced Weapons Research for the Imperial military, but also because I came across a very convincing article earlier this year about how the Empire is really “the good guy” of the Star Wars saga, and, a second article by the same brilliant writer on how droids are slaves. I’ve always favored the Empire, and now I have even more reason to thanks to those articles, and hopefully, thanks to Krennic. I’m very curious to see how his character plays out.

Gareth Edwards, the director of Rogue One, had some interesting insight concerning Krennic’s character. He pointed out that Krennic is from the working-class, but as you may recall the Empire seems to favor upper-class leaders, as indicated by their “very posh English accent.” This article explains it beautifully.

Director Orson Krennic
Director Orson Krennic

So, what I am curious to find out is how (and why) does Tarkin end up in charge of the Death Star and not Krennic? What happens to Krennic? Does he simply get replaced, or does he do something drastic and lose everything? He is definitely the Rogue One character I am most excited to learn more about!

To see which Rogue One Newcomer other fans have chosen, be sure to check out Star Wars ComLINKS. Would you have chosen a different character? Let me know in the comments!

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