The new, action-packed trailer is out for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and it offered some additional insight into one of the more intriguing characters, the blind force-sensitive fighter played by Donnie Yen.
The warrior monk, named Chirrut Imwe, does not have the powers of a Jedi or a Sith, but is clearly guided by the force in some capacity. He even hints at his connection to the force in the trailer, when he walks fearlessly into battle, easily taking out a group of Stormtroopers.
"I fear nothing," Yen's character proclaims. All is as the Force wills it."
The actor recently revealed that Imwe is a "true believer in the force" and hails from a planet called Jedha, a place he describes as having the resources to build lightsabers. This probably means that his character will be well-versed in at least the basic fighting techniques of the Jedi, making him a fearsome warrior in Rogue One.
But if he's not a full-fledged Padawan or Knight, then how will Yen's character fight on screen, and how much influence will the force have on his abilities?
Since we've only see snippets of his beatdown skills in the trailers, one fictional hero to look to for comparison could be Marvel's Daredevil. Like Imwe, the Netflix series' protagonist is a blind fighter with an affinity for stick weapons who also likes to live by the "man without fear" mantra.
Despite his lack of sight, Daredevil has heighten all of his other senses to a point where he can "see" the world around him by noticing variations in sound, smell, etc. The superhero utilizes this ability at an extremely high level, which is why he can clear out a room full of bad guys with relative ease.
It wouldn't be a surprise if Yen's character used the force in a similar a manner, to heighten his other skills and to "see" his enemies around him. The precedent has even been set for premature force users being able to use the mystical energy to sense an oncoming attack, which occurred in the New Hope scene where Luke Skywalker did lightsaber training while blinded by a blaster shield, and was still able to deflect the shots.
The filmmakers would also be doing the fans a huge disservice if they didn't utilize Yen's masterful martial arts abilities to the fullest extent. The actor is a veteran of amazing fight films like the legendary Ip Man series, and has already shown off some of his impressive skills in the trailers.
If it turns out the Imwe is like a pseudo-Jedi version of Dardevil, then Yen's character may end up being the most memorable and bad ass fighter from the new Star Wars installment.