Bodhi Rook, Jyn Erso, and the Rogue One squad are flying an “impounded Imperial ship.” Which means, a few years before Han Solo bluffed his way past the Empire above Endor in the stolen shuttle Tydirium, Bodhi Rook was the Rebel who pioneered the art of lying quickly while you’re being asked what your ship is and where you’re going. But, it looks like Han was slicker than Bodhi by a mile.
Shown on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, a new clip from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story tells the creation of the call sign “Rogue One” a little differently than we thought. Now it’s revealed to be something Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed) comes up with off the top of his head to try and fool an Imperial official as the team’s stolen shuttle tries to fly around without being hassled. The difference between this and the Return of the Jedi scene is that Jyn, Bohdi and K-2SO are in the act of stealing the ship rather than flying something that’s already been stolen. Unlike Han, Bodhi isn’t able to “fly casual,” and the Empire isn’t buying that “Rogue One” is a real ship. “There is no Rogue One!” the Imperial officer bellows incredulously.
It’s a really charming scene though, rendering Bodhi as a nervous, realistic Rebel human being who’s trying to do his best in a really stressful situation.
Rogue One starts stealing ships and Death Star blueprints next week on December 16.