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ROGUE ONE’s Riz Ahmed Performs STAR WARS Rap on THE TONIGHT SHOW

Last night’s episode of The Tonight Show was already geek friendly with a demonstration of Super Mario Run, the Nintendo Switch, as well as Shigeru Miyamoto and The Roots playing the Super Mario Bros. theme. And then Rogue One: A Star Wars Story co-star Riz Ahmed got in on the musical action, proving it’s not just Lando who’s got the rhymes in the new Star Wars Universe.

Host Jimmy Fallon asked Ahmed to perform a freestyle rap incorporating three Star Wars characters: Yoda, Darth Vader, and Lando Calrissian. (Amusingly, Ahmed seemed to be briefly confused about who or what Lando was, which offered up a missed opportunity on Fallon’s part to say that Lando’s not a system.) Fortunately, Ahmed nailed the reference when it came up in his rap, and he even made a joking remark about Jimmy’s lightsaber, while The Roots provided the backing track.

Within Rogue One, Ahmed plays Bodhi Rook, an individual who has a small but vital part in the Rebel mission to steal the Death Star plans. Without giving away too many spoilers, Rook’s past may come up in the film as well. Ahmed briefly spoke with Fallon about his appearance in the next Star Wars movie, and his most interesting story was about the way that he bombarded director Gareth Edwards‘ e-mail by leaving 14 different audition scenes. Fallon followed that tale up with a clip of Ahmed’s character in Rogue One.

What did you think about Ahmed’s freestyle Star Wars rap? There are honorary points for anyone who replies in verse in the comment section below!

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And check out who we think is going to die in Rogue One (hint: it’s a lot):

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