WATCH: The Newest Rogue One Headliners Choose Their Classic Star Wars Favorites
Pick up PEOPLE’s special issue, Star Wars: The Secrets of Rogue One, on newsstands Nov. 30 — including a special Star Wars virtual-reality bonus with goggles included! And watch People Special: Star Wars Rogue One on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) starting Nov. 30. Go to PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS.
As the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be the first standalone film in the saga’s history — and PEOPLE will be bringing you exclusive interviews, videos and even a virtial reality experience in the coming weeks. (Look for our special issue Star Wars: Secrets of Rogue One, on newsstands Nov. 30.)
In the newest outing, a maverick band of rebel fighters embark on a desperate mission to steal the plans for the Death Star before the Emperor can crush the rebellion – the very same plans Princess Leia would end up hiding in R2-D2 at the beginning of Star Wars: A New Hope.
Meet the cast who’ll be bringing that story to life in Rogue One, and check out the video above to find out their favorite classic Star Wars characters.
1. Donnie Yen plays Chirrut Îmwe, a blind warrior monk with a strong belief in the Force and the Jedi way.
2. Alan Tudyk is the voice of driod K-2SO, a security droid created for the Galactic Empire.
3. Diego Luna plays intelligence officer Capt. Cassian Andor, a true rebel with combat experience — who also manages to temper the hot-headed Jyn Erso.
4. Forest Whitaker plays Saw Gerrera, a soldier who once trained with Anakin Skywalker (long before his transformation into Darth Vader).
5. Jiang Wen plays Baze Malbus, a soldier devoted to protecting Chirrut.
6. Felicity Jones plays Jyn Erso, the film’s badass heroine who must go deep undercover as a soldier of the Empire in an attempt to derail the new Death Star.
7. Mads Mikkelsen plays Galen Erso, father of Jyn and a defiant scientist who is crucial to the creation of the Death Star.
8. Riz Ahmed plays Bodhi Rook, the squad’s lead pilot who joined the rebellion after leaving the Empire.
9. Ben Mendelsohn plays Orson Krennic, a Military Imperial Director who intends to use his command over the Death Troopers to take down the rebel uprising.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards, hits theaters Dec. 16.