All day Tuesday, Empire Magazine revealed their six character-only variant covers for their Rogue One: A Star Wars Story issue. The six covers join their previously revealed Subscriber-only cover featuring the Death Star blueprints. The covers feature Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed), Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen), Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen), and finally the droid K-2SO (Alan Tudyk).
The issue of Empire (can't get over how perfect it is for them to have the Death Star plastered all over their covers) hits newsstands November 24, 2016.
The images don't seem to show too much new here. Jyn has a far off look in her eyes, one that seems more surprised than determined or hopeful, the primary message of the marketing team. Andor's expression, meanwhile, isn't quite sadness, but maybe exhaustion. The war-weary look is recognizable to anyone who has served or is close to someone who has. Bodhi Rook's cover is interesting, as the former Imperial side-eyes the future. You can tell that while he switched sides from the Empire to the Rebel Alliance, Rook isn't sure any side has things 100% right. Chirrut's cover is bold and self-assured: "Everything is as the Force wills it." Baze Malbus trusts one man: Chirrut Îmwe, who he has sworn to protect. His determination to do so is heavier than the weapons he carries. And K-2SO looks like he pretty much doesn't give a sh*t. So maybe the stills of these characters say more about them than you first suspect.
Check out all seven Empire covers in the gallery below.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits US theaters December 16, 2016. 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."