A new photo on the official Star Wars Movies Facebook page gives us a close up look at Riz Ahmed’s Bodhi Rook in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
via Star Wars Movies on Facebook
During the Rogue One panel at Star Wars Celebration Europe with the cast of the film, it was pointed out that Rook is sporting an Imperial symbol on the sleeve of his shirt (you can see it on his left arm in the photo above). The panel confirmed Rook is a cargo pilot for the Empire, but has no real loyalty to it. It doesn’t matter who he’s piloting for, as it’s just a job to him. But the longer he works for the Empire, the more he realizes its true face: a cruel regime he can’t justify working for.
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I wonder at what point in the film Rook decides to switch allegiances. In the photo above, he appears to be on Scarif, which, seeing as it’s the main construction site of the Death Star, we assume is where the rebels go to steal the Death Star plans. He’s also still wearing his Imperial uniform. If I had to guess, I would say he is still wearing the uniform so he can sneak the rebels onto the planet without arousing suspicion. He probably leaves the Empire’s service in all but appearances early on in the film, when the Rogue One team is assembling.
It’s the perfect crime: get somebody who, for all intents and purposes, the Empire thinks is working for them, and get him to pilot you into a high security world under the pretense of delivering cargo. Just float in with the rest of the garbage, as Leia might say.
I hope Star Wars Movies and other official Lucasfilm social media outlets make a habit out of sharing new images of characters. It gives us an opportunity to speculate and delve more deeply into that character based on new visual clues.