Star Wars: Rogue One Character Codenames (& What They Reveal).

star-wars-rogue-one-castRecent information about the code names being used for the production of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have popped up, providing insight into what characters are aligned with which factions. They reveal a little bit of information about the characters being portrayed by Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, and Alan Tudyk (and also elucidates what kind of motion-captured character Alan Tudyk is playing).






Before we get into the information that just came to light, we first need to look into an earlier leak regarding Black Series action figures:

  • The Black Series Episode 7 Shark Trooper
  • The Black Series Episode 7 Blue Seal Communicator
  • The Black Series Episode 7 Seal Droid
  • The Black Series Episode 7 Green Seal Leader

Stormtrooper Helmets

Bear with us for a second – what if, instead of being tied to The Force Awakens like the people at Jedi Temple Archives believed, they were actually meant for another line of Star Wars toys? Well, recent information from MakingStarWars suggests that the toys are for Rogue One after all – the code names featured for the Black Series products actually correspond to code names being used for the movie!

  • Felicity Jones’ character is codenamed Green Seal Leader by the production.
  • Seal Communicator Blue is Jiang Wen’s character (the guy with the red armor on behind Donnie Yen in the cast photo).
  • Eel Commander is Forest Whitaker’s character. This faction destination has led me to speculate he’s a bounty hunter affiliated character.
  • Seal Droid is Alan Tudyk’s character.
  • The bad guys have codenames related to sharks.
  • The factions when coded amount to seals, eels, and sharks.

So not only is Alan Tudyk essentially confirmed to be playing a droid via his character’s codename, but he’s also aligned with the Rebel Alliance – and, according to other information as understood by MSW, he’s a commando of some kind. Furthermore, Forest Whitaker’s character isn’t necessarily immediately aligned with the Rebels – he may be operating as a third party.


Gunner & Officers

Something else discussed over at MSW is that Felicity Jones and Diego Luna’s characters both don Imperial disguises in the film – Jones dresses as an imperial gunner while Luna disguises himself as a commander. The only code name mentioned in the JTA article that doesn’t immediately correspond to a given character is the “Shark Trooper” – which will presumably be one of the new types of Stormtroopers present in the film, if the “Shark” faction does indeed refer to the Empire.


Special thanks to MagnarTheGreat for pointing out the connection between the two articles to us on The Cantina.


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Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

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Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

32 thoughts on “Star Wars: Rogue One Character Codenames (& What They Reveal).

  • February 1, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    The first thing that popped into my head when I saw shark trooper was the leaked photos of the coastal area Rogue One beach sets. Shark/water water/shark. I don’t know. I could be way off here. Just a thought.

    • February 1, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      that seems likely to me, I forgot about those pictures. I always wondered what planet those scenes would be representing.

  • February 1, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Shark trooper? This is interesting. Maybe there will be underwater sequences in this movie? We’ve never actually seen that in a Star Wars movie.

    • February 1, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      That could be pretty sick. But definitely that would seem to be one hell of an FX feat on both the practical and digital ends.

    • February 1, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      I thought by the article that Shark was code for the Empire, so shark trooper is simply saying this new trooper works for the Empire. Not necessarily an underwater scene, even though it would be cool.

    • February 1, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Well, there was that voyage through the water core of Naboo in Episode I, But nothing in terms of a battle underwater. I’d like to see a Star Wars sea battle with Star Destroyers skimming the surface of the ocean blasting rebel cruisers like the battle of Midway, while starfighters battle above and amphibious craft battle underwater.

      The fact that the film has been shot in the Maldives and other tropical island settings could indicate some sort of battle by the ocean.

      • February 1, 2016 at 11:07 pm

        I’ve edited that sequence out in my head canon.

        Jar Jar is just a stowaway discovered randomly on the Queen’s yacht, that Qui-Gon decides they shouldn’t kill because they might be able to trade him into slavery for a hyperdrive or another useless life form.

        But that’s my canon….I digress……..

    • February 1, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      All I wanted was to have sharks with frickin laser beams attached to their heads… Is that too much to ask for? Honestly…. what do I pay you guys for?

  • February 1, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Every time I hear more about this movie, the more I’m excited. I really feel like this is going to beat TFA in my mind. Everything I hear, sounds like it will be more grounded, and at the same time introducing new aspects and depth to SW universe. I just need to stay away from the big spoilers this time around.

  • February 1, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    The Hot Toys line for this is going to rock. New troopers in retro original trilogy style, rebels in dirty lived in clothes.

    • February 1, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      oh and not to forget a fully agile killer Vader !! This film has the potential to be better than TFA.

  • February 1, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Man what if this movie is a hit? What then? The fans will naturally wan’t more of the same! There will have to be a sequel. That will be pretty tricky unless they have already left the story open for such……….somehow. My point is we already know the ending to this story. I’m thinking this may be better than TFA as well. I have a good feeling about it.

    • February 1, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      i have a feeling most if not all of these characters will eat it by the end so it will be pretty definitive.

    • February 1, 2016 at 10:59 pm

      Then they’ll know what works for the Han Solo and Obi-Wan movies, or whatever other movies could be set in this awesome time period.

    • February 1, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      Lord “Wampa” (cool name BTW), The minute after watching The Force Awakens, I said out loud, “I think I’ll like Rogue One more.” Episode VII, though probably, next to Episode IV (coincidence?), the most beautiful-looking of the series, was way too derivative, and severely lacking in originality to be my favorite. Rogue One, has a similar cache: It will be nearly as Nostalgic due to its time-frame being, probably, just a few days prior to A New Hope’s events…and it will include the Old Giants (Darth Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin, The Emperor, and (very hopefully) King Bail Organa and Biggs Darklighter), the old spaceships (Star Destroyers, Ties, Rebel Fighters, X and Y-Wings, and, very hopefully, Alderaan’s Tantive IV), the New Villains (Death Troopers, Imperial Moffs and Generals, Bounty Hunters, Inquisitors (?), Spies) and The New Heroes (Rebel Generals, Soldiers, Cells, Spies, Republic-Sympathizers, Force-Users, Bounty Hunters), should make for a VERY EXCITING 2 and a quarter hours in the movie theater in mid-December. I really hope we get to see Darth Vader’s Bast castle in its heyday, and his different combat outfits, masks, and trophies of his exploits (inc. fallen, murdered Jedi Lightsabers), and a lot more of The Death Star, Coruscant, and battlefield combat reminiscent to that of the ones on Hoth, Endor, and The Clone Wars film and TV show.

    • February 1, 2016 at 11:34 pm

      Bothan spies steal the plans to Death Star II in the sequel. Unfortunately, many of them die in the process.

  • February 1, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Green Seal Leader, isn’t Jade usually green as in Mara Jade?
    Anyway looks like this is basically the Dirty Dozen meets Star Wars.

    • February 1, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Emeralds are also green.

      • February 2, 2016 at 12:37 am

        As is Turbo Laser fire.

        • February 2, 2016 at 2:00 am

          Turbo lasers are green, violets are red. Laugh at our battlestation, and we’ll make your planet dead.

  • February 1, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Better mean we are finally getting an aquatic battle in this one with it being shot in Maldives, That way even if it’s a letdown we’ll see something we never seen in any of the films before,

    • February 2, 2016 at 12:16 am

      Mmmm..I love a good maldives salad, with a bit of fresh tomato and feta. Or maybe that was endives. Oh well.

      • February 2, 2016 at 11:09 am

        Ha! Knew I spelled that wrong.

    • February 2, 2016 at 12:37 am

      There is a mod on these forums that hates me. My messages get routinely deleted now, despite the fact that our resident Trolls still thrive on the negative and contribute nothing to discussion.

      So sad.

      • February 2, 2016 at 11:13 am

        For the record, I think this one will be above average at the very least. I haven’t read any dicey things about it yet that might sink it, They might overdo Vader but long as he’s not CG I don’t see that as a bad thing since we didn’t even get that in the PT. It’s the one that has the most potential imo of all those in the pipeline. I think it can only go bad if Disney really starts to get overtly involved in the story process which I doubt since they are too focused on the saga and using these as little spinoffs as little experiments.

      • February 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm

        Oh, quit your whining and internet like a man, will you? Jesus.

        • February 2, 2016 at 7:51 pm

          Thanks for proving my point.

  • February 2, 2016 at 12:15 am

    I’ve stumbled on another batch of codenames. Don’t ask where or how, there are just some things that a man isn’t proud to have done, but here you go:
    The UGLY one
    Let the speculation commence!

  • February 2, 2016 at 3:32 am

    Three things I want in this movie,

    1) I want proper incognito dressing up as stormtroopers like in ANH, but up a notch difficulty-wise,

    2) I want to see a Droid fight people on film, IG-88 always looked like a joke to me and I never believed for a second he could actually KILL a human in a complex fight, like, battle droids are one thing, you got millions of em and their always in choreographed, open areas. IG-88 is a bounty hunter, which implies high-complexity kills that avoid easy, open areas— but based on the droid movement in the old films, and the new for that matter, I never saw how a droid could properly navigate bounty-hunting. So I’d like to see that demonstrated on film so we know what that actually would look like and how that would work. And don’t bring up the comics, technical difficulties like that are way easier to overcome with disparate images than with a moving picture.

    3) I want a betrayal, and not like Captain America 2 where as far as I’m concerned, Robert Redford’s character could wear a “Betrayman McTraitor” nametag without affecting the plot whatsoever. Not obvious, pre-“walking into the theater and I can tell” stuff like that.
    I’m talking like an actual traitor that passes as a good guy and actually shocks people, even an unreliable narrator as the traitor. I’m talking real “The Usual Suspects” stuff here. That’s what this movie needs.

    • February 2, 2016 at 5:46 am

      Oh my god yes. But anything resembling The Usual Suspects NEEDS to involve Han Solo and Lando Calrissian.

      • February 2, 2016 at 3:13 pm

        Not necessarily, though Kevin Spacey is a MUST.

  • February 2, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    That black helmet, the one on the left of the three in the leaked photo, is so freakin cool and on point

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