Ahead of the Digital and Blu-Ray release for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Entertainment Tonight has revealed a clip of the audition tapes submitted by Rogue One star Riz Ahmed who played the ex-Imperial cargo pilot Bodhi Rook. The tapes themselves will be included in the special features for the home release of the Star Wars spin-off.
Back during the initial press tour, Ahmed revealed he submitted altogether a whopping total of 14 self-taped auditions for the role. In a chat with ET last month, Ahmed elaborated on his thought process when he submitted audition after audition to director Gareth Edwards:
“I sent him like two or three versions of it. I woke up the next morning and I hadn’t gotten an e-mail back so I thought, ‘Why don’t I send him another two or three more versions of it!’ and then I kind of thought, ‘Oh you know what? Maybe if he had a different accent or different costumes.’ so I did that again, and I sent him 14 takes of this character over like, two or three days. I was spamming quite hardcore, to be honest, and I’m just really grateful he didn’t take out a restraining order.”
The actor added that when he got a response back from Edwards, he thought he had lost his shot at being in the film:
“He [Edwards] kind of e-mailed me back and said, ‘Look, Riz, thank you for the auditions, please stop sending me the auditions. We’ll be in touch.’ I was like, ‘Oh, well done you screwed up! You screwed up just by being a psycho!’”
You can watch a clip of Ahmed’s audition tapes from the Rogue One special features below. Sadly, there is no Borgullet.
The film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Here’s the official synopsis:
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. In theaters December 2016.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be available on Digital HD tomorrow followed by the DVD & Blu-Ray release on April 4, 2017.