Breathe people breathe…Ok I can’t hold it in. My god, it looks so glorious. So absolutely glorious. From the sights (AT-ATS in action, a semi-complete Death Star, new Stormtroopers), sounds (that iconic dark side score, that blaring alarm, that sweet zap of blaster fire) and new characters (Felicity Jones‘ already amazing rebel protagonist, Ben Mendelssohn as an evil Empirial commandeer, Forest Whitaker going all Ghost Dog (is he a Jedi? Please say he’s a Jedi), Donnie Yen going full samurai), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story looks so f***king good! Directed by Gareth Edwards, this eighth Star Wars feature focuses on the rebellion squadron tasked with stealing the infamous Death Star plans and offers the Star Wars universe its first chance to veer from the path of the traditional trilogy. It will function as a standalone spin-off and I cannot wait.
Edwards is still something of an unproven entity, having yielded great critical success with his independent monster flick (aptly titled) Monsters. That fanfare softened in 2014 with his remake of Godzilla starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Bryan Cranston which most enjoyed, though few seem to talk about to this day. We will see if his Star Wars entry earns equally high marks as J.J. Abrams seminal franchise refresher, The Force Awakens, and what kind of world destroying damage it will be able to do at the box office.
For now, catch the trailer below.
Rogue One is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, and Jiang Wen and will open on December 16th.