A new alien from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Edrio Two Tubes, is on display at San Diego Comic Con.
Rogue One‘s presence is strong at San Diego Comic Con, which just kicked off with preview night last night. In the Lucasfilm pavilion at the convention center, costumes from the standalone film are on display as they were at Star Wars Celebration Europe, along with a full character model of a new alien: Edrio Two Tubes, mercenary for and ally of Saw Gerrera.
The official Star Wars Facebook page posted photos of the alien from different angles, as well as a primer on his species and the nature of his alliance with Gerrera in Rogue One. Read the post below.
"Edrio Two Tubes is a mercenary pilot who flies alongside his eggmate, Benthic. The two share the nickname derived from the breathing apparatus that allows their Tognath physiology to process oxygen atmospheres. Edrio’s home world Yar Togna was conquered and occupied by the Empire, forcing him to flee as a refugee. Desiring to strike back at the Empire, Edrio and Benthic have allied with Saw Gerrera."
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Based on their description, Edrio and Benthic sound like they will be background characters (albeit cool-looking ones) who we will probably only see for a second or two on-screen. At least, I’m not betting on much more. We saw minor characters from The Force Awakens, like Ello Asty and Constable Zuvio, highlighted during that film’s marketing, but when it came to on-screen time, Asty died in the run on Starkiller Base and Zuvio was only barely seen at all. But despite the fact we don’t always see much of them, it is a testament to Lucasfilm’s care of details that these characters have an established species, history, and personalities. That kind of attention to even the most minor of characters (which for all we know, Edrio and Benthic might not be) is what makes Star Wars feel like a real universe.
Whether he’s a major player in the movie or a blip on frame, Edrio has already been helpful: his description tells us Saw Gerrera is not fighting alone. Gerrera still has warriors loyal to him; he is not some lone insurgent waging a one-man war against the Empire. To what extent he will use his resources to help the Rogue One team, however, remains to be seen.
Keep checking Dork Side for more Star Wars news from San Diego Comic Con throughout the weekend.