It’s hard to say who was a standout character in the ensemble that was the cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but two of the nominees have got to be Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe and Jiang Wen as Baze Malbus. The twosome where kind of just chilling on Jedha, minding their own business, when they got swept up in the Death Star caper, which immediately begs the question: What were they up and why were they up to it in the time before Rogue One? Well prepare to have all questions answered as Jedha’s favourite odd couple is getting their own novel.
Greg Rucka, who’s previously penned a couple of other Star Wars stories including Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire, is currently working on Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills. The story will follow Chirrut and Baze from when the Kyber Temple on Jedha was seized by the Empire to when a revolutionary named Saw Gerrera lands in town with a plan of resistance. Or to put it in the proper editorial context with the official plot description:
“Baze and Chirrut used to be Guardians of the Whills, who looked after the Kyber Temple on Jedha and all those who worshipped there. Then the Empire came and took over the planet. The temple was destroyed and the people scattered. Now Baze and Chirrut do what they can to resist the Empire and protect the people of Jedha, but it never seems to be enough. When a man named Saw Gerrera arrives with grand plans to take down the Empire, it seems like the perfect way for Baze and Chirrut to make a real difference and help the people of Jedha. But will it come at too great a cost?”
Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills will be on bookstore shelves two days shy of Star Wars day, May 2. At that time you will also be able to get Rebel Rising by writer Beth Revis, the upcoming novel about the pre-Rogue One days of Jyn Erso. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is still in theatres everywhere.