Actor Donnie Yen's son has become a poster child of sorts for representation in genre films. The young boy is such a fan of Star Wars that Yen reportedly only took the role at his (and his sister's) encouragement. When Halloween rolled around, his son James dressed as his character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Chirrut Îmwe. They even had a professional film costumer make the custom minature version of Chirrut's attire.
Well, all that work went to good use, as James decided to wear the outfit again, this time for the Beijing, China premiere of Rogue One. There's Donnie Yen, his wife Cissy, his daughter Jasmine, all dressed in their finest - and then little James, looking the spitting image of a miniature Chirrut.
Yes, this is a son being proud of his dad, and that's adorable on its own. The fact he found another occasion to show it off is even better. But it also speaks to that larger issue of representation - yes, absolutely little kids can dress or play as whomever they want to, and will find things to identify with in any character, but having an actual character that looks and sounds like you as a kid is extra special.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is in theaters now. Directed by Gareth Edwards, it's the first of the new standalone features from Lucasfilm and Disney, which take place outside the core "Skywalker Saga" of films noted by an Episode number. Rogue One tells the story of the small band of rebels that were tasked with stealing the plans to the first Death Star. The story spins directly off the opening crawl from the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. In that crawl, it read: "Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet."