|Movie Title:||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story|
What is Rogue One about?
In a nutshell, Rogue One is set to be the story of the Rebel Alliance and their attempt to conduct a daring mission, the goal of which is to steal the plans for the evil Empire’s infamous super weapon, The Death Star.
When is Rogue One set?
This movie is set just before the original Star Wars (A New Hope), so it’s technically a prequel. Expect to see lots of Imperial Stormtroopers and AT-ATs, please don’t go into the movie asking where’s Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren? or why is the Death Star back? You’re after Episode VIII, which is out next year!
Why is Rogue One a thing?
When Disney bought the franchise off of George Lucas back in 2012, they announced that as well as three new main saga movies (episodes 7, 8 and 9) they would be making several standalone ‘anthology’ movies in order to ship out a new Star Wars movie every year until pretty much the end of time.
Rogue One is set to be the first of these standalone films and it allows for more depth to be added to the ever-expanding Star Wars universe. It also means that the movies are able to take a step back from the Skywalker based saga movies and to tell some different stories set in the galaxy far, far away.
Who’s in Rogue One?
The ensemble cast of the movie shows promise with names such as Felicity Jones, Forest Whittaker, Mads Mikkelsen and Ben Mendelsohn all starring amongst others.
Felicity Jones stars as the rebellious soldier, Jyn Erso. The film’s trailers show her off to be very independent and exceptionally bad-ass after being left to fend for herself from the age of fifteen.
Diego Luna plays captain Cassian Andor, a rebel intellignece officer and companion of Erso’s in the quest to steal the plans for the Death Star.
Ben Mendelsohn is the Australian actor charged with bringing the Imperial Director Orson Krennic to life. He looks set to bring a degree of power-hungry determination to the movie’s primary antagonist.
Mads Mikkelsen’s role in this movie was kept under wraps for a long time in the lead up to this film but the rumours were proved true as he was confirmed as Jyn’s father in the final trailer. Mikkelsen, of James Bond and Hannibal fame, will be playing the man behind the construction of the Death Star.
Forest Whitaker plays Saw Gerrera a character previously seen in the Star Wars universe already, in the Clone Wars animated TV show. “Consider him a battered veteran who leads a band of rebel extremists” said Kathleen Kennedy (President of LucasFilm) in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Others appearing in the film include:
Donnie Yen, who plays Chirrut Imwe, a blind warrior monk with strong beliefs in the Jedi and the Force.
Alan Tudyck, voices the droid K2-SO a former imperial security droid who has been reprogrammed for good.
Jiang Wen, who plays Baze Malbus, a friend of Chirrut’s and a dab-hand with a blaster.
There’s such a wide variety of different talents on offer that it provides a real chance for this film to experiment in ways that no other ‘traditional’ Star Wars movie has ever done before.
Who’s directing Rogue One?
Gareth Edwards, the director of Rogue One is in my mind the perfect choice to take charge of this film. Not only is he a huge fan of Star Wars himself, but if his previous movies Godzilla and Monsters, to name but two, are anything to go by then Rogue One should be an absolute treat, particularly in terms of the visuals and aesthetic of the film.
What to expect
Unlike any of the saga movies which follow the Skywalker line, Rogue One is set to take on a whole different style and tone as it has been described as a war movie based in the dirty, gritty and lived-in Star Wars universe. Bascially, try and picture a Saving Private Ryan-esque film with Stormtroopers, blaster rifles and a whole host of cool new ships.
The teaser and two trailers that have been released so far have only added momentum to the ever accelerating hype train that is Rogue One. And the fleeting, almost teasing glimpses of a certain Mr D Vader have only put Star Wars nerds like myself into a quivering frenzy of excitement for this new, yet old addition to the Star Wars cinematic universe.
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When is it out?
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set for release in UK cinemas on December 15.