One of the most eye-catching creature reveals to come out of yesterday’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story panel during the ongoing “Star Wars Celebration” was the above-seen critter, a furry, cackling gunner who promises to be one of the film’s most unique additions to the Star Wars universe. Though little was offered up yesterday in the way of info, a new panel today shed a little more light. That new creature? Let’s just call him Space Monkey.
As MTV reports, “Space Monkey” – not his real name, of course – is a practical-effect creature who will be making his debut in Rogue One. He’ll star alongside Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen, Forest Whitaker, Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, and Genevieve O’Reilly.
Be sure to check back throughout the weekend for much more of our ongoing “Star Wars Celebration” coverage, including on-the-floor reporting from our own Perri Nemiroff. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16th.
Take a look at some stills of the new creature, along with a shot of Space Monkey in action (on stage):
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During the panel, Star Wars creature shop chief Neil Scanlan said of Space Monkey’s true identity:
“He has a name but I’ve forgotten it.”
While his name hasn’t been confirmed just yet, those of you who scoped out the leaked concept art from a Rogue One book a while back might remember a possible name for this critter, but “Space Monkey” will do for now. The practical design was necessary for Edwards’ free-flowing directorial style and allowed the performer to act with both the agility and freedom of expression needed for this character. If you’re looking for another cute, roly-poly addition like BB-8, look elsewhere; Space Monkey don’t give a shit.
For more on Rogue One, be sure to get caught up on all of our recent coverage out of “Star Wars Celebration” and beyond:
- “Star Wars Celebration” Day 1: Video Recap & Reaction to Today’s Panels & Events
- Check Out 75 Images from the Star Wars Celebration ‘Rogue One’ Panel
- ‘Rogue One’ Director Gareth Edwards on Visualizing the Jedi Mecca, His Unique Shooting Style, and Vader
- ‘Rogue One:’ 85 New Images Reveal Droids, Troopers, Locations, Creatures and More
- ‘Rogue One’ Began as an Idea for George Lucas’ Live-Action ‘Star Wars’ TV Series