Donnie Yen’s Chirrut Imwe is one of the most important new characters in the Star Wars universe. His personal and spiritual journey in Rogue One, from the Jedi pilgrim planet of Jedha to the Imperial base on Scarif, makes for an emotional part of the grander story at play.

While Gareth Edwards has taken pains to reinforce the fact that this will be the first Star Wars film without the Jedi, Yen’s character is the closest we come to someone led by the power of the force. It’s hard to go into more detail without spoiling that part of the movie, however the mysticism of Yen’s character is a thoroughly engaging presence in the film.

Our glowing review of Rogue One can be found here.

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Stefan Pape sat down with the actor and director, known to many for his Ip Man films with director Yip Wai-Shun, to talk about how the character of Chirrut fits into the world of Star Wars.

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The Star Wars prequel is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen , Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen and Riz Ahmed. It is produced by Kathleen Kennedy from an original idea by John Knoll.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is released in the UK on the 15th of December, and on the 16th in the US.