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Unusual creatures inhabit 'Rogue One'

Get a closer look at new Mon Calamari, the space monkey creature Bistan and more in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," which debuts next week.

Star Wars films aren't known just for heroes and villains like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. The fantastical creatures that represent a myriad of alien species help make Star Wars movies so memorable.

In a video posted Sunday on YouTube, the creature effects supervisor, the director and cast members talk about their love of unusual characters in the upcoming "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story."

"The creatures are amazing," Alan Tudyk, who voices robot K-2SO, says in the video. "Their eyes blink and move, and their lips have very subtle expression."

"You look up and one of the creatures -- a huge monkey shooting an enormous gun out of a plane, and then you remember, 'Oh we're actually in Star Wars," adds Felicity Jones, who plays rebel fighter Jyn Erso.

During the 80-second video, fans get better glimpses of new Mon Calamari creatures, the white, furry Gigoran mercenary Moroff, the commando Drabata Pao and the "space monkey" Bistan.

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is set to hit theaters on December 15 in Australia, and December 16 in the US and UK.