Entertainment Weekly on Riz Ahmed’s Character in Rogue One

Rogue One Bodhi

Two days before the new Rogue One trailer is released, Entertainment Weekly posts their second article for the week with new revelations about the highly anticipated first Star Wars stand-alone movie. This time they focus their attention on Rebel pilot Bodhi Rook played by Riz Ahmed…


As we wait for the next trailer for the “Star Wars” spin-off film to hit prime time during Thursday nights NBC broadcast of the 2016 Rio Olympics, Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican, just posted a new report about Rogue One.


A few days ago, Breznican reported the significant news about the Holy Land world of Jedha that will be a big part of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’. One of the people mentioned in the article was Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed), Bodhi has been revealed as a Rebel squad leader pilot who tends to be a little hot-headed. Today, even more details have been revealed.


From EW:

One of the inhabitants of this occupied territory (Jedha) is Bodhi Rook (played by The Night Of actor Riz Ahmed), who was conscripted to serve as a pilot for the Empire but defects to join the growing Rebellion.

Although he comes from a sacred world, and his name translates as “enlightenment” or “awakening” in the Buddhist faith, it doesn’t sound like there’s very much Zen about this character’s prickly, neurotic personality.

“A character like Bodhi is not born into the life of a soldier,” Ahmed says. “He’s a pilot working for the Empire, doing his job, getting on with it. But when you put ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, it can freak them out. It can inspire deep passions. So I’m gonna defend Bodhi.”


Riz Ahmed


As for removing that Imperial insignia on his shoulder … It might seem like an easy enough thing to rip off, but Ahmed says the mark goes deeper than what adorns Bodhi’s flight gear. The character is not hiding where he came from, so the mark stays.

That sprocket gear is actually symbolic. Bodhi is just a cog in the Imperial machine. He isn’t an ace dogfighter who knocked Rebel rivals out of the stratosphere, he’s just a pilot who kept Palpatine’s forces supplied.

“Bodhi is a cargo pilot. In our world, Bodhi would be a truck driver. A long-distance truck driver,” Ahmed says.

“Everyone in this Star Wars movie has got quite a complex past. They have a lot of baggage and history to it. That’s part of what makes it an interesting, nuanced movie,” Ahmed says. “It’s taking characters with interesting backgrounds, whether it’s warrior monks, or ex-assassins, or long-distance truck drivers, and you’re assembling this pack of misfits.”


For the full article with even more revelations make sure to go to EW.


Tomorrow EW will be covering actor Alan Tudyk and his character K-2SO, so stay tuned.



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13 thoughts on “Entertainment Weekly on Riz Ahmed’s Character in Rogue One

  • August 9, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    I really like these new characters. It seems that they have something to tell, something new and interesting.

  • August 9, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    A defected Imperial… Why does that sound so familiar?

    • August 9, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      most of the rebels are former imps.

        • August 9, 2016 at 11:57 pm

          Is that still canon? I really hope it is.

    • August 9, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      hmm, now I understand… rebels

      • August 10, 2016 at 7:00 am

        they rebel…

  • August 9, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    So basically he’s the guy they’re talking about in Clerks.

  • August 10, 2016 at 4:37 am

    This guy is awesome in The Night Of.

  • August 10, 2016 at 5:51 am

    I’d like him to undress to show off his Bodhi Rock. Yum!

    • August 11, 2016 at 1:16 am

      I ve seen what you did.

  • August 10, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    The planet name Jedha is way too on the nose. Disney… we get it. Grow some balls and just use a name out of the old EU or better yet… come up with a new name. Jedha? Someone deserves to lose their job for how basic this is. I wonder if there’s anus on planet uranus, Are we gonna get planet Sitha next?

    • August 11, 2016 at 1:18 am

      Well, i don’t think so… The Sith planet is ,ow Morriband instead of Korriban. They changed one letter and added another. But i admit i like this name Moriband

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