Thursday, April 07, 2016

First Trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out and made $2+ bil at the global box office, proving Disney made a wise decision when they bought Lucasfilm back in 2012, but you didn't think things would go quiet after that, did you? Nope, the next step in the Mouse House's plan to strap booster rockets on the biggest franchise in the galaxy is here with our first look at this coming December's Rogue One. Subtitled as "A Star Wars Story", the film is the first of what they no doubt hope will be many more branded spin-offs set in and around the larger Star Wars universe separate from the "episodes" that will continue to advance the central saga. Check it out:

This one is directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) from a script by Gary Whitta, and tracks the sequence of events leading to the opening of the original Star Wars (a.k.a. A New Hope) from 1977, depicting a daring raid to steal the plans for an ominous Imperial weapon called the Death Star. While it might seem counterintuitive to do a prequel, given the negative associations that term has with Star Wars, this one is set smack dab in the middle of the "Rebels vs. Empire" framework that's very much the franchise's sweet spot. And with the promise of the return of fan fave villain Darth Vader into the mix, I think this could be a very strong start to the unfolding universe of Star Wars spin-offs.

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