Earlier today, the first Teaser Trailer was dropped for the initial foray into anthology stories for the Star Wars universe. Yes, we got a look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and it was quite compelling. Coming to us at the end of the year, sandwiched between Episode VII (The Force Awakens) and Episode VIII of the main saga, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will fill in some of the blanks in the franchise, which is a potentially really cool notion. I’ll have the Teaser Trailer for you at the end of this piece, so be sure to look for that below, but right now, let’s whet your appetite a bit!
The movie is the tale of how rebel spies stole the plans to the Death Star, set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is recruited to lead the mission, which will depict some of the skirmishes between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire. Gareth Edwards directs here, from a screenplay by John Knoll, Chris Weitz, and Gary Whitta. The ensemble cast, in addition to Jones, includes Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Riz Ahmed, and Alan Tudyk, among others. On the technical side, cinematography is by under-appreciated DP Greig Fraser, while the score comes from the always busy Alexandre Desplat. That’s a ton of talent in front of and behind the camera, making this a project that would be intriguing even if it had nothing to do with Star Wars.
From the looks of it, this will really put the “war” in Star Wars. The Teaser Trailer showcases a number of large scale set pieces, which will certainly suggest a less than intimate affair. That’s actually a good thing, since it suggests that these side stories won’t be done with any less care than the main Episodes that capture our attention in such a profound way. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has the potential to be a really big hit, especially if it winds up being anywhere near the quality that Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought to the table. Wouldn’t that really be something?
Awards wise, I think that this one will be limited to the technical categories, though obviously that remains to be seen. Campaigns in Best Picture, Best Director (for Edwards), Best Actress (for Jones), Best Supporting Actor (for […]