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Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is one of the many new characters introduced in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” LucasFilm

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” officially lands in theaters across the country on Thursday. The film, which serves as a spinoff set before the eight other films in the “Star Wars” franchise, centers around the rebellion’s attempts to steal plans for the Death Star and the drama that ensues as a result.

In telling the tale, viewers are introduced to several characters along the way — some they’ve seen before and some they haven’t. “Rogue One” viewers will encounter Darth Vader (Spencer Wilding), Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly), Saw Gerrera (Forrest Whitaker) and Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) — all of whom were featured in previous “Star Wars” films. There are several new characters introduced in the movie, however.

While it’s not clear whether we’ll see any of them again in future films, viewers should likely get acquainted with them before it’s too late.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
Get to know the cast of characters and creatures fighting for both the Rebellion and the Imperial Army in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Lucasfilm

Here are all the new characters introduced in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”:


K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) is a KX-series security droid. First introduced in “Rogue One,” he was initially created to serve as a member of the Galactic Empire’s army. After encountering Alliance member captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), K-2SO is reprogrammed to serve them. He plays an integral part in plans to steal the outline for building the Death Star.

Chirrut Îmwe

This guy doesn’t let being blind hold him back. Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen) is a moon Jedha native who has set out to live a life as a spiritual monk/warrior. He is a firm believer in the Jedi way of life, which is why he and a group of rebels set out to steal the Death Star plans. Chirrut can often be seen with his protector Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen).

Baze Malbus

While Chirrut prefers a less contentious way of life, his guardian Baze has made a living as an assassin. He was active during the days of the Galactic Empire and is staunchly opposed to the republic. Baze will join Chirrut and a group of rebels in their attempt to steal Death Star plans in “Rogue One.”

Captain Cassian Andor

Every movement needs a leader and that’s exactly what Cassian Andor is for the rebels. He organized the group of rebel fighters who made the decision to steal plans for the Death Star. According to the Star Wars databank, Andor is cool, calm and collected — even in the face of danger. He and his team will compete a laundry list of daunting missions during “Rogue One” successfully, despite a lack of resources.

Jyn Erso

Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is a female recruit in captain Cassian’s rebel fighter group. She is a reformed criminal who previously fought to restore the republic. Mon Mothma is apparently the one who will see her potential and suggest she link up with the rebel group as they prepare for the Death Star plan theft.

There has been some speculation that Jyn is the mother of Rey (Daisy Ridley), introduced in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Jones has, however, shot down those theories as false. In an interview with MTV, she assured fans Jyn and Rey are not related in any way.

“Rey and Jyn...not related,” she said. “Were C-3PO and Boba Fett related just because they have metal exoskeletons? I don’t think so.”

Galen Erso

While Jyn is not related to “The Force Awakens” heroine, she is related to an equally important new character from “Rogue One.” Her father Galen (Mads Mikkelsen) was a scientist. He was alive during the Galactic Empire’s reign and was married to Lyra Erso. Galen was abducted along with his wife and daughter by separatists only to be rescued years later by Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn). Galen is credited with discovering the crystals which live at the center of every Jedi lightsaber.

Director Orson Krennic

Leading the charge in the imperial military’s advanced weapons research department, Orson Krennic’s entire reputation is riding on the completion of the Death Star. He has been described as “cruel but brilliant” on the Star Wars database.

Bodhi Rook

Once an pilot in the Imperial army, Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed) has switched his alliances and is ready to use his knowledge for good in “Rogue One.” The trouble? His anxiety gets in the way from time to time. Will he find the courage to stand up and fight with the Rebellion? Find out by watching the film.

Get more information on “Rogue One” characters here. Check out the movie in theaters on Thursday.