ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
The first Star Wars spinoff movie is combat ready
All eyes are fixed on The Force Awakens but the most crucial Star Wars movie of them all arrives a year from now. For the first time we’ll be taken beyond the Skywalker clan, beyond the generational saga that’s come to define the franchise since 1977. As Ben Kenobi would put it, we’re about to take our first step into a larger world…
Not that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story cuts too many ties to the galaxy George Lucas created. It goes right back to the origin myth, in fact, taking its premise from those deathless words in the opening crawl of A New Hope: “During the battle, rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR.”
We’re promised “a daring mission” and a gritty, “ground-war perspective”, more Guns Of Navarone than Lord Of The Rings, exploring the fight against galactic tyranny from the Rebel military viewpoint. Pitched as “a period piece” that slots into the timeframe that led to Episode IV, it’s a strictly mysticism-free zone, downplaying lightsabers in favour of lock and load.
Directed by Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards and wielding a strong, diverse ensemble cast led by Oscar-nominated Felicity Jones, Rogue One looks to put the war into Star Wars… Nick Setchfield
We predict no Day-Glo t-shirts in this movie.