Star Wars Rogue One film - News, Art, Trailers and Casting

"Rogue One" title card

Star Wars Rogue One film - News, Art, Trailers and Casting

Rogue One is a stand alone film set in the Star Wars universe that focuses on a group of rebels who steal the plans for the Deathstar.  The film is said to have a darker and more militarized tone than its Star Wars peers.  The film is a one shot and does not have any planned sequels.

The reviews for Rogue One have been mostly positive.

Rotten Tomatoes:  85% Score

What Critics are saying:

The good news is that Edwards' effort to make a storm-the-beach war film produces a tense third act that earns most of its big moments and also justifies much of what's come before.
Matthew Lickona - San Diego Reader

Audiences once packed theaters to gawk at the future; now, it's to soak in the past. The emphasis is on packing in as much nostalgia as possible and tersely editing it together to resemble a film.
Amy Nicholson  - MTV

There's weight to this world, no longer defined by clashes between politicians and spiritual warriors; instead, there's a sense of the desperation of the people and creatures that have always existed just outside the margins of the series' frame.
Luke Goodsell - The Final Cut
As of Dec 29th, 2016 Rogue One has a Box Office of $286 Million per Rotten Tomatoes

Darth Vader in Rogue One in 16 bit:

One of the highlights of Rogue One is the dramatic appearance of the darklord of the Sith Darth Vader. This scene may easily become one of the most famous scenes in Star Wars history.  The 16 bit video below is made by John Stratman.


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer #2

This really feels like a Sam Adams rebellion fomenting movie and I dig it.

Trailer 2 released at 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio:

Darth Vader, seen here in the new Rogue One trailer.

Despite whatever issues have caused reshoots to happen the film's trailers are showing no problems.  Many are saying they like the Rogue One trailer more than the Force Awakens trailer.

This trailer highlights many more of the ragtag band like Donnie Yen's character Chirrut Imwe.  Chirrut is a blind warrior who seems to be able to feel the Force.   There are scenes that focus on Diego Luna's and Forrest Whitaker's character.   Also a general reveal of the time with the empire expanding all over the galaxy.

What will likely cause the most tongues to wag though is a brief glimpse of Darth Vader.  Another international version of the Trailer was also released.

Official Synopsis:
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.

A further description is provided in a press release by Kathleen Kennedy
“Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe,”...  “It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. Gareth Edwards is such an innovative director and I’m so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he’s selected for Rogue One.”
Felicity Jones
Diego Luna
Ben Mendelsohn
Donnie Yen
Jiang Wen
Forest Whitaker
Mads Mikkelsen
Alan Tudyk
Riz Ahmed

Problems and Reshoots:
6-7-2016 Latino Review has revealed that the film is undergoing extensive reshoots with a new director.   The studio initially said that the reshoots were to add in scenes surrounding a major character.   However, sources for Latino Review state that up to 50 percent of the film could be up for reshots an extremely large amount of film given its release date in 6 months.

Is interesting that director Gareth Edwards is not involved with the reshoots.  Unconfirmed rumors have said he is livid about the reshoots.

This could simply be Disney being extremely protective of its Star wars license and not want anything less than the best to be released.   For many fans though there is a worry that the film will plagued by similar issues as those that befell the distarous Fantastic Four.

One report from a reddit user named KeepR1dark claims to have inside information and says reshoots are because Disney feels the film is too dark and scary for children.   The primary reshoots according KeepR1dark are from a scene where Darth Vader brutally terrors through a Rebel unit.   The scene was meant to horror elements to emphasize Vaders badness.

KeepR1dark Quote-
In a night scene Vader absolutely lays waste to a Rebel ground Squad.  Unfortunately this is one of the scenes we need to water down.   We made it like something from the old slasher/horror films.    Rebel soldiers who joked about a boogie man with magical powers and then minutes later are absolutely wasted.
There is actually a scene much like this in the comic Vader Down.   I'm not sure I'd either influenced the other but it is possible.  The Vader Down comic chronologically takes place at a different time after New Hope IV.


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