‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ is the next major film set in the large universe of Disney’s new Star Wars franchise. With this shiny new package comes a host of new characters, and new actors, anxious to experience the hype of being a part of the legendary anthology films.
‘Rogue One’ will be a stand-alone film taking place before the events of ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’ featuring a cast of brand new characters outside the Skywalker family, alongside a few familiar faces. Directed by ‘Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards, ‘Rogue One’ is expected to be tonally and thematically distinct from previous Star Wars films, telling a dire tale set during one of the most turbulent periods in the spectrum.
During an appearance on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’, actress Felicity Jones showed off the fighting techniques she learned for ‘Rogue One’, and introduced the first full clip from the film to the excited audience. Jones’ revealed that she’s had some kung fu training for the role of rebel leader Jyn Erso, and nearly took off ‘The Tonight Show’ host’s head while demonstrating her skill with Jyn’s weapon of choice. In the clip that debuted during the episode, Jyn and Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) are seen evading a group of stormtroopers, only to have Jones’ character take down several of them by herself.
Over the past several months, film trailers have been released to further promote the film’s December 16th opening, and to secure it’s share of the holiday dollars. Unlike previous ‘Star Wars’ films, the most recent trailer leaves us with more questions than answers. Veteran actors Forrest Whitaker and Mads Mikkelsen reveal their dark sides compared with their earlier counterparts. This film is definitely darker that its predecessors.
The large cast has been eagerly anticipating the upcoming release, and have been making the talk show rounds, attending publicity parties, and chatting on social media with fans. They should also be practicing the fine art of the autograph as they will be sought after for years to come.