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Actor Riz Ahmed Tells Us What We Can Expect From Rogue One

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You may recognize him as the intern Rick from Nightcrawler, or as Naz from The Night Of. But this weekend, we’ll all be seeing him on the big screen as Bodhi Rook in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. His name is Riz Ahmed and the English actor recently graced our InnerSpace studios for a one-on-one with Morgan.

Space: How would you describe the tone of Rogue One?

Riz Ahmed: I think it’s a little more rough and ready, it’s almost like a slightly more realistic war movie with a gritty feel. Having said that, it still feels like a Star Wars movie. I think there’s a delicate balance that they’re trying to maintain here and I think they kinda nailed it! They’ve got such an amazing team, people like Gareth Edwards who is such a fan of the Star Wars saga, I think they managed to do something fresh and original but still distinctively Star Wars.

So what’s it like walking onto the set of Rogue One? Did you geek out?

Yea! And you also get sick with nerves! But the six-year-old in you is having a field day, just running around, you want to steal props and there are Stormtroopers everywhere, you kind of want to take selfies with all the film sets you’re on. On the one hand it really awakens the fan boy in me and on the other hand it makes you want to just focus and up your game and do the best you can for the fans.

Did you take a selfie with Stormtroopers?

Um… I may have, ya. I can’t really say right now! No cameras are allowed on set but ya, maybe.

For both fans of the Star Wars universe and newcomers, what are you most excited for audiences to see?

Old fans will really enjoy having another part of this saga bridged. And people who don’t even care about Star Wars will hopefully enjoy a cool, old sci-fi war movie. There really is something for everyone. It breaks the Star Wars mould whilst also respecting the Star Wars heritage.

Check out the full interview below: