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Moroff was a Gigoran male mercenary who was active during the Imperial Era. As a tall gunner, he sought out combat zones across the galaxy with the goal of selling his services to anyone who required it. Moroff eventually joined the Partisans, a militia group led by the resistance fighter Saw Gerrera, and fought against the Galactic Empire hoping to make a profit. During his time with the group, Moroff participated in a mission on the astronomical object Dooma 4, which saw the destruction of the Imperial Metal Factory.

In 0 BBY, Moroff was present on the moon Jedha during the Partisans' skirmishes against Imperial forces in the area. He was among the group of Partisans who captured and brought the defecting Imperial pilot Bodhi Rook before Gerrera in their hideout, the Catacombs of Cadera. They later took part in a battle against a local Imperial patrol in Jedha City, which involved stealing a shipment of kyber crystals that the Imperials possessed. Shortly after, Moroff was present in the Catacombs when Jedha City was destroyed by the Death Star superweapon, which resulted in the death of Gerrera.

BiographyEdit

Joining the PartisansEdit

"Stand your ground! We're going to be here for a while!"
―Saw Gerrera gives an order to Moroff and the Partisans on Dooma 4[src]

A Gigoran, Moroff was a mercenary who operated during the Imperial Era. Realizing the potential money to be made as a tall gunner, he traveled around the galaxy in order to seek out combat zones, aiming to sell his brawn and firepower to anyone who would require them.[1] As a mercenary, Moroff was regarded as one of the most famed members of his species, who were normally peaceful individuals. He later became an outlaw when he joined the Partisans,[2] an extremist militia group led by the resistance fighter Saw Gerrera,[1] and fought against the Galactic Empire in order to generate profit,[3] which he managed to acquire at a substantial rate.[4] Moroff was later listed as a known associate of Gerrera on wanted posters created by the Empire, alongside fellow Partisans Beezer Fortuna, Weeteef Cyu-Bee, and[5][6] the Tognath eggmates[1] Edrio and Benthic,[5][6] the latter of whom was Gerrera's second-in-command.[7]

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Moroff and the Partisans assault the Imperial Metal Factory on Dooma 4.

At some point prior to the Jedha insurgency, Moroff and the Partisans attacked the Imperial Metal Factory on the astronomical object Dooma 4, led by Gerrera and Lieutenant Megyn Soone. After rushing to the entrance, the group took cover behind various crates. Despite being heavily outgunned, they held their ground on Gerrera's orders when Soone left their position to plant explosives within the factory. She was captured, however, and Gerrera entered the factory to rescue her and detonate the explosives himself. Moroff and the others retreated to their U-wing soon after on Edrio's orders, who was piloting the ship. They reunited with Gerrera and Soone aboard the ship after the explosives were detonated and departed the factory.[8]

JedhaEdit

"What part of "urgent message" do you guys not understand? We are all on the same side. If you see past the uniform for a minute."
―Bodhi Rook attempts to communicate with his captors, including Moroff — Quote-audio Listen (file info)[src]

At some point, the Partisans relocated their base of operations to the Catacombs of Cadera on the moon Jedha, where they clashed with Imperials on several occasions.[1] In 0 BBY,[9] Moroff and a number of Partisans captured Bodhi Rook, a pilot who defected from the Empire, on Jedha. They brought the pilot before Benthic and another group of Partisans. Benthic interrogated him briefly before ordering the others to place a bag over the pilot's head and take him to Gerrera for further interrogation.[10] As the term "defector" had no translation in the Tognath language, Moroff defined the concept to Benthic, who would have killed the pilot had he not been informed about Rook's defection. The explanation allowed the pilot to survive his encounter with the Partisans.[1]

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Moroff (left) and the Partisans escape right after Imperial forces arrive.

Moroff later participated in a raid against the Imperial Hammers Elite Armor Unit, which included a TX-225 combat assault tank carrying a shipment of kyber crystals[10] commanded by First Sergeant Jimmon Arbmab,[1] in Tythoni Square within the Imperial-occupied Jedha City. After Arbmab and the Imperial unit were eliminated, the Gigoran and the Partisans quickly looted the tank and acquired the kyber, placing the crystals within containers of their own. As an AT-ST and more Imperials arrived, Moroff and the others quickly fled into an alleyway with the containers in hand.[10] After the battle, he was present at the Catacombs when the Empire's Death Star superweapon obliterated Jedha City, causing a massive continental shockwave.[11] The Partisans quickly evacuated their base, though Gerrera stayed behind and perished when the structure collapsed in the shockwave.[10]

Personality and traitsEdit

Moroff was a Gigoran male with white fur and black eyes. Tall and brawny, he believed there was money to be made as a heavy gunner, and was disinterested in the ongoing conflict between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire.[1] He sold his skills to the highest bidder, disregarding their political allegiance,[2] and found like-minded individuals when he joined the Partisans.[1] Moroff was usually grumpy, and performed tasks begrudgingly when asked to do so. However, his rude replies in his native language were always translated by his voice-translator box into pleasant and cheerful responses in Galactic Basic.[12] He enjoyed his role as a towering gunner, carrying his Vulk TAU-6-23 "Blastmill" rotary blaster cannon as if it weighed nothing at all.[13]

EquipmentEdit

In order to establish vital communication with his fellow Partisans during combat,[13] Moroff wore a vocoder mask on his mouth[1] which translated his speech into Basic as he was unable to speak the language.[13] He also carried a large backpack and wore multiple equipment pouches around his waist.[1] During the mission on Dooma 4, he engaged Imperial forces with a blaster rifle.[8] While operating on Jedha, Moroff was armed with a Vulk TAU-6-23 "Blastmill" rotary blaster cannon.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

PortrayalEdit

"Moroff is a bit disgruntled about his life but would never cross the line. So Ian Whyte, who plays him, used that as an understanding of how Moroff might move."
―Neal Scanlan[src]
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Ian Whyte as Moroff on Rogue One's Scarif set

Moroff first appeared in the 2016 anthology film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards.[10] The character was portrayed by Welsh actor, stuntman, and former professional basketball player Ian Whyte, who previously played Roodown and Bollie Prindel in the 2015 sequel trilogy film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.[14] He was first revealed in a trailer for the film[15] and was identified in the magazine Entertainment Weekly's Ultimate Guide to Rogue One prior to the film's release.[12]

During Rogue One's production, Moroff was codenamed "G030," and Whyte was photographed wearing the costume from every possible angle in order to preserve material for future special effects and products.[1] While some pre-release footage from the film shows Moroff participating in the Battle of Scarif,[16] he is not seen in any Scarif scenes in the final cut of the movie.[10]

Conception and designEdit

"There haven't been many version of big, furry characters other than Chewbacca, and so we thought what can we introduce that would live alongside a Wookiee?"
―Neal Scanlan[src]
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An early piece of concept art for Senna, the character that ultimately became the Gigoran Moroff

According to special effects artist Neal Scanlan, Moroff's character was born from the idea that the film could feature a tall, furry individual reminiscent of the Wookiee Chewbacca. Edwards found the idea of a new species whose size and strength was taken advantage of appealing, and the Gigoran species was created for the film. Scanlan described Moroff to be "disgruntled about his life," and refrained from "crossing the line," further adding that the character was lethargic and wished to stop fighting, but was there to support as he was a "good guy." Whyte used the character's personality as the basis for understanding Moroff's physical movement.[17]

The character that became Moroff was originally a rebel named Senna, before becoming the Gigoran Partisan seen in the film.[1] Senna was one of several characters conceived to be a part of the Rogue One team seen in the film, alongside Lunak, Dray Nevis, Ria Talla and Jerris Kestal. He was intended to be a duo with the character of Lunak. Concept art for the character was created by artists Christian Alzmann, Tyler Scarlet, Karla Ortiz, Luke Fisher, Ivan Manzella, and Karl Lindberg. Alzmann imagined Senna to be a tall figure akin to Chewbacca,[18] a thought shared by Scanlan and the film's production team.[17]

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Moroff artwork by Ivan Manzella, which more closely resembles the final design

Senna's character underwent several designs, including a large reptilian-like character, an elf-like character with a blaster rifle, a character with a wolf-like appearance, and finally the Gigoran[18] that was ultimately renamed Moroff and given a much smaller role in the movie.[1] The character, however, was consistently drawn as an alien male.[18] The name "Senna" would later be used for another Gigoran character featured in the 2018 anthology film Solo: A Star Wars Story.[19]

CostumeEdit

"It fits him like his skin, so as Ian moves, the muscles move, and the fur suit does the same."
―Neal Scanlan[src]
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Ian Whyte in Moroff's costume

The character's costume was created from fabric and foam, and was covered in knotted hair to emulate the white fur. Ian Whyte wore a skull cap, upon which Moroff's animatronic head was placed. In order to connect the head with the rest of the body, a zip was created around the neckline and the back of the costume. To get into the costume, Whyte first entered the body wearing the skull cap, followed by the production team placing the head over the skull cap.[20]

To finish to the process, costume was zipped up to join the head and the body together. The costume also included large "wampa-like" feet made of rubber in order to make Whyte look taller, as well as a pair of gloves. Moroff's facial expressions were controlled by an operator off-camera using radio control. In total, the costume stood at a height of seven feet and seven inches.[20]

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