Directed by Gareth Edwards, Rogue One takes place prior to 1977’s Star Wars and revolves around a gang of rebel spies who steal the Death Star plans, which ultimately are uploaded on R2-D2. Details on the film have been tighter than Fort Knox, and the teaser comes as a big revelation of what’s to come. Apparently, neither Jedis nor the Force will have a starring role in this movie, though there’s been whispers about a Darth Vader cameo. He’s not seen here, but it looks like the Emperor is with his red guards.
Oscar nominee Felicity Jones plays chief spy Jyn Erso (“This is a rebellion, isn’t it? I rebel,” declares her character), while Riz Ahmed and Diego Luna are resistance fighters assisting in the heist. Ben Mendelsohn portrays a dominant Imperial villain. Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen and Mads Mikkelsen also star. In addition, there’s a number of AT-ATs wreaking havoc on a tropical beach. But the cameo that has Star Wars fans giddy this morning is red-haired rebel leader Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly), last seen in 1983’s Return of the Jedi and 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. She calls Jones’ Erso “reckless, aggressive and undisciplined”.
Chris Weitz and Gary Whitta wrote the Rogue One screenplay based on an idea by John Knoll. Similar to last year with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Christmas comes early with Rogue One opening on December 16. Force Awakens broke the domestic FSS record with $247.97M on its way to $2B worldwide. Can Rogue One possibly outstrip Force Awakens’ opening?
The Edwards-helmed movie marks the first time that the Star Wars story has been told on the big screen outside the confines of its episodic structure. So what do you think of the trailer?