It has been a pretty good year for Riz Ahmed. Not only was The Night Of roundly lauded and labelled as one of the best TV dramas of the year, but so was his performance. And while he followed it up with a role in Jason Bourne, and he'll end the year with his role as Bodhi Rook in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. So when it came to his 33rd birthday on Thursday December 1st, Riz Ahmed had a lot to celebrate. Ge did so in a rather spectacular fashion, as he got to see Rogue One for the very first time at Skywalker Ranch.
Riz Ahmed took to his Twitter account to boast about seeing Rogue One a full two weeks before it hit cinemas, while at the same time dropping a rather spiffing Death Star emoji that everyone needs to immediately start incorporating into their tweets. Riz Ahmed wrote,
Rogue One's release date of December 16 is now tantalizingly close. In the impending blockbuster Riz Ahmed portrays Bodhi Rook, who is a former imperial pilot that has strong piloting and technical skills and now works with the Rebel squad. Just from his description alone it sounds like he has all the hallmarks of a cult classic Star Wars character.
Riz Ahmed is just one of a number of fine, eclectic actors that fellow Brit Gareth Edwards decided to cast for Rogue One. Felicity Jones, who previously was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award because of her performance in The Theory Of Everything, leads the way as Jyn Erso, but the posse of actors is equally as impressive.
That's because she is joined by the always arresting Diego Luna, as well as the hysterical Alan Tudyk, the memorable Forest Whitaker, the adept Donnie Yen, and the imposing Jiang Yen. There's also the small matter of James Earl Jones returning to voice a certain Darth Vader, and Mads Mikkelsen will clearly be eating up the screen as Galen Eros, the distant father of Felicity Jones' Jyn, too.
Just in case you're not excited enough for Rogue One, you can watch the trailer below again to ramp your anticipation all the way up to 11.
Beautiful. Just beautiful.
Rogue One is just fourteen days away from release. That's when we can then start the countdown to Star Wars: Episode VIII, which will eventually follow on December 15, 2017. But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves.