Years ago, the concept of a Star Wars anthology film seemed a little experimental. Would Lucasfilm take the scale of a main trilogy film and bring it to a standalone story for the purposes of creating a larger cinematic universe? Is there a large enough audience for such a thing? Even now, those answers are still obscure, but each new day brings more familiarity and excitement for what’s coming.
Today, the latest new look at the first, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, comes from a featurette putting the spotlight on Captain Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna. Based on what we’ve seen in the previews, the film does look like it’ll tap into the same sci-fi-driven action and special effects of the Star Wars movies we know and love.
At this point, we also know enough intel on the film to put some names to these characters and places spotted in the footage. Cassian is a veteran Alliance Intelligence officer, the new droid is K-2SO (Alan Tudyk in performance capture), the tropical planet they’re fighting on is Scarif (a military base for the Empire), and Cassian is wearing an Imperial uniform because he’s likely infiltrating enemy lines.
The hype for Rogue One hasn’t been anywhere near what was felt for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but there are other factors in play. The story focuses on a pivotal point in the original Star Wars films (the capture of the Death Star plans by Rebel forces). Plus it features the return of Darth Vader, a leading lady (Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso), and some spectacular acting talent (Mads Mikkelsen, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, etc.)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16th. Here’s the 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.