Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to arrive in theaters on December 16, 2016.
If you’ve always wanted to attend a movie premiere, but aren’t, you know, involved in the movie industry or filthy, filthy rich, then Star Wars is offering you a pretty good compromise. On December 10, at 5 PM, you can head over to StarWars.com, and take part in a live stream from the world premiere of Rogue One, which will feature, among other things, exclusive interviews with the cast and crew of the movie.
In other Rogue One news, actress Felicity Jones showed up on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to discuss the imminent arrival of Rogue One, and like any good guest, she came bearing gifts. Which in this case, was a roughly 35-second clip from the movie, showing off Jyn Erso’s Stormtrooper hand-to-hand butt-kicking capabilities, looking to be matched only by Chirrut Imwe, and showcasing a moment of humor.
The action starts right around 3:10 in the clip below.
It’s good to know that the Stormtroopers in Rogue One are doing nothing to hurt their galactic reputation as the worst shots ever.
UPDATE 11-30-16:Like Han Solo, Tony Gilroy Cleans Up Helping Out the Rebellion
If you remember, earlier in the summer, there was word of Rogue One reshoots, where writer / director Tony Gilroy was brought on board to aid Gareth Edwards., Well, according to THR, what started out as a $200,000 a week job has grown to more than $5 million, as Gilroy’s work continued into post-production.
According to multiple sources, Gilroy’s work was aimed at addressing “several issues in the film, including the ending.” And while Gilroy’s pay is definitely a smuggler’s bounty, it’s worth it (for Disney and the fans) if his work is improving the movie. After all, The Force Awakens pulled in over $2 billion dollars, and while Rogue One won’t be on that level, it’s definitely set to pull in big bucks.
THR reached out to both Disney and Gilroy’s reps, but both declined to comment.
UPDATE 11-29-16: There Will Be No Sequel to Rogue One
Rogue One is already shaping up to be a sizeable hit, with pre-ticket sales already in the hundreds of thousands, and box office pundits predicting a $120 – $150 million dollar opening. However, despite this potential windfall, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy has re-affirmed that there will be no Rogue One sequel (which she refers to jokingly as Rogue Two). It’s not necessarily big news, but it’s interesting to hear them reaffirm what most fans guessed.
Kennedy revealed this bit of information in the latest print issue of Empire magazine, something which the /Film folks spotted. According to their report, she’s also backed up in this assertion by both John Knoll, the Lucasfilm chief creative officer and former VFX supervisor who developed the idea for the movie, and Rogue One director Gareth Edwards.
The film was always meant to be a standalone effort, something Kennedy has echoed before, and Edwards even points out if there were a sequel to Rogue One,”that sequel will be directed by George Lucas,” referring to the manner in which Rogue One feeds into the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope.
This has lead to some people speculating that Rogue One will not go well for the team and that this will end up being a suicide mission for them. And while that would explain why there’s definitely not going to be a Rogue Two, it could also just be that they’re more interested in continuing the main franchise effort, while supporting it with standalone movies. Also, just because there’s not a Rogue Two doesn’t necessarily mean that characters from Rogue One might show up in other movies.
UPDATE 11-28-16: Final Trailer and New Spot for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Over the holiday weekend, Lucasfilm / Disney released a final trailer for Rogue One, and a new spot, which teases the possible return of a certain Grand Moff. First up, check out this trailer:
If that doesn’t get you stoked as a Jawa in a room full of unattended droids, then you might as well just stay home. Now, take a look at the spot, and around five to six seconds in, note the pan past the back of the head of a character that looks suspiciously like Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin. Based on previous CG work in movies like Tron, it’s entirely possible they could be bringing the character back that way, though I’d go for recasting the role, with someone like Charles Dance. He has a mildly similar look and could nail that smug superiorty that Tarkin reeks of in A New Hope.
Good news? We’ve only got a few more weeks until we can see for ourselves! Also, with tickets now on sale, another little bit of info here, Rogue One will be 133 minutes long.
UPDATE 10-12-16: The New Rogue One Trailer is Up, and It’s The Best One Yet
Darth Vader is back, baby! Tomorrow morning (October 13th 2016 for those existing on alternate timelines) Gareth Edwards, director of Rogue One, will release the third and possibly final new trailer for the movie before its December 16th 2016 release. And to sate our Star Wars craving ‘til then, Edwards released the newest, and possibly most epic poster for the movie yet. [Click here to read more…]
UPDATE 9-16-16: Rogue One Composer Replaced Only 3 Months From Release
Due to the reportedly extensive Star Wars Rogue One reshoots that took place over the summer, creating an epic film score for a classic American sci-fi series that has spanned decades and won countless awards no longer fits into Alexandre Desplat’s busy schedule. But luckily for fans, Michael Giacchino, composer of the new Star Trek, Jurassic World, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes soundtracks, is stepping up to the plate. [Click here to read more…]
UPDATE 8-11-16: Rogue One Trailer 2 is HERE!
It’s very possible that I’m more than a little excited for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. OK, you got me. I’m definitely more than a little excited. There have been some talk of problems, with Rogue One reshoots taking place, but from most of what I’ve been seeing, I choose to remain optimistic. Anyway, the Rogue One trailer 2 arrives today, during NBC’s coverage of the 2016 Olympics, and we’re officially reserving a spot below for the trailer.
Official Rogue One Official Synopsis
First, let’s take a moment to read the official synopsis for Rogue One, that Disney just released a day or two ago:
“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.”
OK, well, there’s not really anything new there. And we’ve still got a little time to kill.
Rogue One Trailer 2 Teaser
If you haven’t already watched it about 50 times (hey, it’s only 15 seconds), here’s the teaser for the trailer being released (and yes, I felt a little silly typing that):
Tudyk Talks Droids
According to Tudyk, Kaytoo basically has no tact or bedside manner and basically says whatever he wants. Tudyk summed it up as “If you know any old people, it’s like that.” He added that Kaytoo “can say insulting things very casually if he thinks they’re true.”
He also reveals that Kaytoo is pretty chill, and generally in control of his emotions “He’s not an overly emotional guy. He’s not like C-3PO, who’s like a f***ing neurotic mess. He’s flappable. Kaytoo is much more in the unflappable category.”
Tudyk also shared a little backstory for the droid, revealing that Kaytoo “was a security droid in the Empire and they sort of enforce whatever needs to be enforced. They are imposing. He’s 7-foot-1 and follows orders pretty well. If you’re asked to be detained, he can detain you. They stand guard, and if somebody doesn’t mind them, they’ll…” Tudyk laughs. “They’ll enforce the sh– out of [people.]”
Thankfully, however, Kaytoo’s Imperial programming was wiped by Cassian Andor, giving it free will. Which, as you might expect, inspired Kaytoo to have a great deal of loyalty toward Andor. Tudyk described the relationship this way, “They’ve been around. They’ve been together for a while, a couple years. He wants what Cassian wants. He loves Cassian because he freed him. It’s also more paternal in that [Cassian] gave him life and took away the bonds of his programming.”
Finally, though we haven’t heard anything from Kaytoo yet (maybe tonight…?), Tudyk revealed that the droid will have an accent: “I have an English accent,” says the actor, who was born and raised in Texas. “I feel like a lot of the Imperial characters are English, and the Rebels tended to be like Han Solo, you think of the Americans. And because he was a droid, it made sense that it would be more of a proper accent.”
The Actual Spot Reserved For Rogue One Trailer 2
Well, I’m hoping that the trailer drops soon. I’m very excited to see some new footage, especially after what was teased in the Celebration Reel. Keep checking back as we’ll put the new Rogue One trailer up as soon as it drops. And let us know what you think of the new footage!
UPDATE 7-29-16: Two Persistent Rogue One Rumors Put to Rest
There have been a lot of Rogue One rumors. There were the re-shoots that caused and are still causing various rumors to bubble up, character fates may or may not have been revealed, roles of key characters are hotly debated, and all the while Disney and the Rogue One cast and crew are mostly staying silent. Which, why wouldn’t they? This is all in service of keeping the movie fresh in our minds and ensuring we’ll be there for opening weekend, just to see what the Heck is actually going on. Well, in a rare moment of rumor-killing, director Gareth Edwards, and producer Kathleen Kennedy have dispelled two more recent cameo rumors [Click here to read more…]
UPDATE 07-18-16: All the Star Wars News from Celebration 2016 in One Place
With the conclusion of Star Wars Celebration, running this past weekend, there was a was a lot of Star Wars news coming at us, for just about every Star Wars movie, game or other property currently in the works, and even some new ones. The most anticipated news was probably the “3-minute trailer” for Rogue One that everyone was looking forward to. It wasn’t quite what was expected, and you can check out the Rogue One “Celebration Reel” (and the new Rogue One poster) by going here. So, what other bits of Star Wars news [Click here to read more…]
UPDATE 7-6-16: Rogue One Celebration Reel Is Up, Plus New Poster!
The Star Wars Rogue One Panel is currently streaming, and they’ve just shared a three minute “Behind the Scenes” Celebration Reel video with some great new footage. Check it out below! Also, check out the new Rogue One poster!
UPDATE: 6-8-16: What Exactly Is Going On With the Rogue One Reshoots?
You may have heard that some Rogue One reshoots are happening, though depending on where you go, they’re either “massive, world-ending reshoots, and the movie is doomed,” or “there’s nothing to worry about, and it’s just business as usual.” So, which is it? Well, let’s start at the beginning and see if we can’t shed some light on that question.
About a week or so ago, news started to surface that there were Rogue One reshoots [Click here to read more…]
UPDATE 5-3-16: Mads Mikkelsen’s Rogue One Role Is Not What You’d Expect
We all knew that Mads Mikkelsen’s Rogue One role in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would be interesting. But like most details for the upcoming movie, information is closely guarded and hard to come by. However, due to the recent efforts of many Bothan spies who DIDN’T die to bring us this information (OK, fine, no Bothans were involved…), we now finally get some details about his character.
Mikkelsen (Hannibal, Casino Royale) has been pretty tight-lipped about his role but did let a juicy piece of information slip out during an interview with SkyOne, regarding his character in director Gareth Edward’s movie [Click here to read more…]
ORIGINAL POST 4-08-16: The First Rogue One Trailer Has Arrived
With the recent success of the newest movie in the Star Wars saga, episode VII – The Force Awakens, Disney must feel pretty good about all the upcoming movies in the franchise. And now that the Force Awakes has had its Blu-ray release, just three days ago, we have some exciting news for the fans of this legendary series. The first stand-alone release for the series, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, was announced [Click here to read more…]
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