Alan Tudyk Briefly Talks Rogue One

star-wars-rogue-one-cast-d23-081515Actor Alan Tudyk spoke to Comic Book Resources about his current projects, and briefly talked about his filming experience on the set of Rogue One…


The only thing we know about Alan Tudyk’s character in Rogue One is that he will be performed via mo-cap technology. That’s probably why he was absent from the official Rogue One photo released last year.

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Here’s what the “Firefly” star told CBR, making us to believe that his role will not be very small in the movie, considering the time he spent on set.


From CBR:

On what it means to star in “Rogue One” as a professional and a fan of Star Wars:

Tudyk: It’s amazing. Going to work — even though it’s difficult, you always hear that, film acting, there are moments where’s it’s very cold and you have to where something that isn’t necessarily warm, and 12 hours days or more. But when you’re doing “Star Wars” you’re looking around at all the magic that’s around you. And it sparks the kid in you, it immediately goes away. Or at least within an hour or two. At least around lunch it’ll go away. [Laughter]

Haarsma: A testament to Alan though was he left. We finished shooting; we did San Diego Comic-Con, then, ‘Okay, let’s edit this.’ He left, and started working on “Star Wars” 12 hours a day, come off set, look at the dailies, make his notes, send them back. We’d cut while he was sleeping. Wake up, go do “Star Wars…”

[to Tudyk] Wow buddy, I don’t know how you did that. How you didn’t burn out, I don’t know. You did an amazing job.

Tudyk: Yeah, it was an exciting time.


Alan Tudyk is a very talented actor, whose specialty is comedic roles. My personal guess is that he will play an important alien, who will be considered the comic relief of the movie. And by that I don’t mean another Jar Jar character, but more like what John Boyega’s character was in TFA. I doubt they will waste his talent on playing a droid or something else.


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22 thoughts on “Alan Tudyk Briefly Talks Rogue One

  • January 26, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    How is it that we never find out spoilers, all this having happened a long time ago. I guess it’s because it was in a galaxy far, far away.

  • January 26, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Joblo seems to be reporting that Tudyk may be portraying a ‘scene-stealing’ Imperial Protocol Droid who ends up being reprogrammed to serve the Rebel Alliance. The full report is quite intriguing, if proven valid.

    • January 26, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      But why mo-cap? Interesting…

      • January 26, 2016 at 8:38 pm

        I can see him playing an active droid, similar to the protocol 3PO, but something that can actually bend at the knees.

      • January 26, 2016 at 8:40 pm

        If the rumour is true, then it’s because the droid will have long arms and/or legs. That would explain the mo-cap.

  • January 26, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Zeb he got to play Zeb………….

    • January 26, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      That would certainly be interesting.

    • January 26, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      I want this to be true…I want to see how the Lasat translates to live action. The character is great in Rebels, but I’m interested to see how he would come across to the non-Disney XD crowd.

      • January 27, 2016 at 1:09 am

        I’m convinced Zuivo was cut out since he came off as too cartoony looking for the film which may impact future animated series species appearing.

        • January 27, 2016 at 2:35 am

          Possibly. Her certainly didn’t look too real. When I first saw his photo, I thought it was someone’s Halloween costume, not the actually costume from the film. Maybe he’s better left out of the live action movies.

          • January 27, 2016 at 3:28 am

            Shouldn’t be a problem for Cad Bane since we already seen what Duros look like.

    • January 26, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      I doubt it. If they wanted Zeb, they’d have just cast Steve Blum. I don’t think we’ll see any Rebels character in Rogue One.


      I think we’ll see Rogue One characters in Rebels

  • January 26, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    They will only use mo-cap when every other alternative won’t work. For example, an old bald man sitting on a chair in Episode VII. That was absolutely impossible to film without mo-cap! Ha ha ha.

  • January 26, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    The EA Battlefront announcement sounds quite exciting. Jabba’s palace, Bespin, and The Death Star coming later this year.

    • January 26, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      Ahhh yeahhhhhhhh!

  • January 26, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    “I did not murder him!!” Classic Alan Tudyk droid line.

    • January 27, 2016 at 2:34 am

      “That is bullshit! I did naaaat”

      Oh hi Vader.

  • January 27, 2016 at 1:08 am

    “Very cold”? Please Jeebus, No more ice planets! Maldives doesn’t look very chilly to me though.

  • January 27, 2016 at 6:40 am

    How on Earth has no one guessed his character yet, it’s got to be Zeb (Lasat) from Star Wars Rebels? The one image of Alan Tudyk on set of Rogue One shows him wearing a motion-capture suit with very short stilts, indicating some sort of alien only a bit taller than humans. Also, his voice would be a perfect cinematic adaptation for the character and it would bring more depth to a character most Star Wars fans already know. It’s GOT to be either Zeb or a completely unknown alien character.

    • January 27, 2016 at 6:49 am

      The rumored Imperial droid that been reprogrammed is probably wrong. The most reasonable answer being that he would really have to play a stiff, often motion less character. They would not bring him on just to waste his comedic talent and not let it shine with almost any alien species that could actually bring real emotion to the character. Also, all of the primary characters they’ve shown us so far have not been any of the characters from Star Wars Rebels. Would they really risk going back in time for a TV show with completely unknown characters to not have at least one of them star in Rogue One, especially one who Star Wars fans already know now in Zeb?

      • January 27, 2016 at 6:11 pm

        i so hope your theory about Zeb is right. It’s true that Alan Tudyk has played pretty convincing english accents in both A Knight’s Tale and Death at a Funeral – thought not necessarily cockney english like Zeb in Star Wars Rebels I imagine it’d be easy enough for him to pickup with a voice coach. Excited to find out! I imagine we’ll get a trailer at Star Wars Celebration in London this summer 🙂

  • January 27, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Alan Tudyk is awesome, he’s been a favourite actor of mine since he blew me away in Firefly. But you’ve also got to bear in mind that he’s also a scary bugger as well – check out his performance as Alpha in “Dollhouse” – genuinely chilling! So he could also be playing a big bad of some sort….

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