More ‘Rogue One’ Details Announced

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Along with a new teaser for The Force Awakens and a trailer for season 2 of Star Wars Rebels, last weekend’s Celebration also gave us our first concrete details about Rogue One. Directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, it’s now been confirmed that the film will focus on the brave group of Rebels who obtained the Death Star plans prior to the events of Episode IV: A New Hope. The movie is being touted as a “war film”, and judging by the evocative piece of concept art shown at Celebration, it looks as though Rogue One is going to give us an entirely new and exciting perspective on the Star Wars universe.

While filming hasn’t yet begun, attendees were also treated to a teaser trailer that hasn’t yet seen an official release outside of the convention. Fortunately, Russ Fischer over at Slashfilm.com gives us a detailed rundown:

“A card with ‘December 2016’ fades in and out, with a sound that is somewhere between a slow Inception horn and a lightsaber. Then a familiar voice: Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi, saying ‘For more than a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the old Republic. Before the dark times. Before the Empire.’ As he speaks, the teaser fades in on a tracking shot, high up through a forested canyon. We hear a TIE Fighter pass overhead, and see the ship move forward into frame as the camera continues to push forward. We see, dominating the sky, the outline of what could be a moon. But that’s no moon, it’s a – well, you know what it is. The Death Star. Music swells and the screen goes black. The Rogue One logo comes up, and we hear radio voices, like troops communicating during combat. The chatter gets more frantic and loud as light strobes on the logo, which finally breaks up as the sound cuts out.”

Rogue One is the first of what are now being referred to as the Star Wars “Anthology” films – movies that, while set in the Star Wars universe, don’t directly fit into the episodic saga. Slated for a December 2016 release, the movie is looking like a great way to satisfy our Star Wars cravings in between Episodes VII and VIII!

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