If you, like millions of other viewers across the globe, were watching the latest Star Wars Rogue One trailer Monday and thought, “That’s Naz from The Night Of!” — then you’d be right. Riz Ahmed plays former Imperial pilot-turned-Rebel-spy Bodhi Rook in Rogue One and played Naz in HBO’s The Night Of, which captivated audiences this summer.
It’s not like Ahmed’s character in Rogue One, Bodhi Rook, was supposed to be a surprise or anything. The actor and his character are right there in the first Rogue One announcement photo from August 2015, but we strangely haven’t seen much from his character in the actual trailers. We learned his name and a bit of his backstory in a Rogue One storybook leak, which was later confirmed when StarWars.com updated its official databank with character descriptions.
Here’s what it has to say about Bodhi:
A former Imperial pilot, Bodhi has strong piloting and technical skills that he will put to use for the Rebellion. Ever practical, but highly anxious, Bodhi must gather his courage to bring the battle to the Empire.
He was completely left out of the first teaser, but we got a flash of those scraggly locks of hair in the Celebration reel:
Here he is looking even more concerned on what’s most likely Jyn and Cassian’s U-Wing fighter:
And now he finally gets some much-needed dialogue in the final trailer:
Ahmed has been one to watch since he broke out to American audiences in the Jake Gyllenhaal paranoia thriller Nightcrawler, which is probably why he got the Rogue One gig in the first place.
But now that The Night Of became a sleeper hit for HBO over the summer, it seems that powers-that-be gave Ahmed a little more facetime in the epic final Rogue One trailer. He even gets the title treatment dialogue!
Check out the final trailer, and be on the lookout for Ahmed, one more time:
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16.
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