What do you do when your father is in the first-ever Star Wars Story standalone film? You dress as his character, naturally.
Donnie Yen has already commanded fan excitement in just a few short trailer shots in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The actor's character, Chirrut Îmwe, is certainly intriguing. A blind warrior, Chirrut is dedicated to the Force as a religion, though he does not appear to be Force adept himself. It helps to really expand the Force beyond just the Jedi and the Sith, showing how other citizens of the galaxy view it. His zen-like attitude and the way he takes down several stormtroopers with just a staff doesn't hurt either!
Well, fans aren't the only ones impressed with Donnie Yen's new character; his children are excited about dad's new role, too. His daughter Jasmine dressed as a First Order Stormtrooper, and his son James dressed as Yen's character himself, Chirrut Îmwe.
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In this short video posted by Yen's wife Cissy Yang, we see the costumes in action - looks like James is a natural if they need any flashbacks of a young Chirrut! Yen's own instagram included the side-by-side of him and his son, and a rather stoic looking shot of his stormtrooper daughter. She looks like she's determined to carry out the legacy of the Empire. Watch out, Chirrut(s)!
It's fun to see the family getting in on the action. Yen's role in the film has been praised since his casting announcement, after all. While Star Wars: The Force Awakens did a lot for inclusion in adding a female lead and a black lead, Yen (along with Jiang Wen) will mark the first major Asian characters in a Star Wars feature film.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes from director Gareth Edwards and also stars Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, a young Rebel tasked with taking a ragtag crew to steal the Death Star plans. The movie, the first of the new standalone series outside the core "Skywalker Saga," takes place directly before the events of the first ever movie in the franchise, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.