– by Joseph Jammer Medina

When Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes out in December, many fans will be clamoring for things that are new. New character, new plot devices, new corners of the mythos to explore, and something just feels very fresh. 

In certain ways, we know that director Gareth Edwards has plenty of new ideas of up his sleeve, as we’ve witnessed the arrival of several characters we’ve never seen, a tone that is unlike any Star Wars film before it, and a setting that is far grittier and more real-world than what we’ve come to expect from that galaxy far, far away.

Today we’ve got a few insights to share with you about a few of the new characters we’ll get to meet in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. They come courtesy of Making Star Wars:

  • Name: Moroff / Species: Gigoran / Description: Moroff seeks out combat zones to sell his brawn and firepower to anyone who might need it. The mighty Gigoran mercenary figures there’s money to be made for a towering heavy gunner.

  • Name: Rebel Commando Pao / Species: Drabata / Description: An amphibious Drabata, the fierce commando Pao charges into battle with a full-throated battle cry of “Sa’Kalla!” He joins the Rogue One team on its historic mission to secure the Death Star plans.

And while much as been made about the arrival of the black clad Death Troopers in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there are a couple of other types of Stormtroopers we’ll get to meet and see in action in December:

  • Name: Scarif Stormtrooper Commander / Trooper Class: Stormtrooper / Description: Specialist stormtroopers stationed at the top-secret Imperial Military headquarters on Skarif, Shoretroopers patrol the beaches and bunkers of the planetary facility.

  • Name: Hovertank Driver / Troopers class: Stormtrooper / Description: Imperial combat drivers operate the Empire’s arsenal ofarmored repulsor vehicles. Combat drivers are highly armored, relying instead on the thick skin of their vehicles to protect them in the battle.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will arrive on December 16.

SOURCE: Making Star Wars

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.