Unless you live under a rock, it’s likely that you are aware of the new Star Wars film Rogue One premiering December 16, 2016. For those of you who do live under a rock, the movie follows the story of a group of unlikely heroes who’s mission is to steal the plans to the Death Star, hopefully exposing a weakness for the rebels to use to destroy it. This mission is referenced in Star Wars IV: A New Hope, so Rogue One is essentially a prequel to A New Hope.
Rogue One isn’t actually a part of the Star Wars series, and is rather the first of a set of standalone films to come out about the Star Wars Galaxy. It is intended to be an “anthology” movie that will examine unexplored parts of the Star Wars universe. We’re a big fan of this concept, because this gives the directors the creative authority to show us events that have only ever been mentioned in the series.
Prequels, especially those in the Star Wars universe, are notoriously known to be gambles. This tends to be due to the fact that the fans already know the ending, they know who will live and who won’t make it to the next movie. This leaves them lacking a connection with the characters and their backgrounds. Rogue One stars Felicity Jones, an incredibly talented actress known for her performances in movies Inferno, Like Crazy, and The Amazing Spider Man. From the trailers alone we seriously doubt fans will have any problem connecting with this action-packed film. It looks like Jones delivers to us one complicated, rebel heroine.
Since Rogue One is a standalone movie, a few changes are to be expected. There will be no Jedis (you heard me!!), and there won’t be an iconic word crawl scene. Lastly, the movie is said to be darker and grittier than what we have come to expect from Star Wars movies. While it was vital for J.J. Abrams to ensure that Star Wars: A Force Awakens captured a whole new generation of viewers as well as appease die-hard fans of the series from when it began in 1970s, Rogue One does not need to necessarily fulfill those same expectations. This is why we are to expect some adaptations to this years Star Wars movie, the directors and writers are gaining back some creative freedom because it isn’t actually a part of the whole series. Take a look at the trailer below, the movie looks like it’s going to be EPIC.
Does anyone else feel goosebumps?