Rogue one: a s ta r wars s t ory

Dis­ney strikes back with a story from a long time ago

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Event Horizon -

OUR ONLY HOPE

Look­ing for­ward to your next fix of Star Wars? You don’t have long to wait. This De­cem­ber we’ll be re­turn­ing to that galaxy far, far away. But this “Star Wars Story” isn’t fo­cus­ing on the Sky­walker clan. In­stead, it will bridge di­rectly into the events of A New Hope – in fact, its cen­tral McGuf­fin is what pow­ered Episode IV’s plot…

THAT’ S NO MOON ...

Any­one fa­mil­iar with the open­ing minute of A New Hope will have a pretty good idea of the ba­sic plot ( and by all means an­gle this page while hum­ming John Wil­liams’ theme): “Rebel space­ships, strik­ing from a hid­den base, have won their first vic­tory against the evil Ga­lac­tic Em­pire. Dur­ing the bat­tle, Rebel spies man­aged to steal se­cret plans to the Em­pire’s ul­ti­mate weapon, the DEATH STAR.”

MONSTER MAN

So it’s a gritty heist movie against the back­drop of a mas­sive, dar­ing ground and space bat­tle. And the cho­sen one bring­ing bal­ance to this two- for- one Star Wars ex­pe­ri­ence is Gareth Ed­wards, who han­dled the in­ti­mate char­ac­ter drama of Mon­sters as well as the CGI dec­i­ma­tion of San Fran­cisco in his 2014 take on Godzilla. This will be his big­gest pic­ture yet...

REBEL ONE

Head­ing up a team of hard­ened, grimy rebels, merce­nar­ies and thieves is se­ri­ous thesp Felic­ity Jones, charged with an al­most- cer­tainly fa­tal mis­sion to ri­fle through the Em­pire’s fil­ing cab­i­nets in search of a way to kick in the Death Star’s ex­haust pipes. But can the gang trust any­one else – or in­deed each other – along the way?

THESCOUNDREL SQUAD

Ed­wards has sur­rounded Jones with a team of top- qual­ity scum and vil­lainy, in­clud­ing Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, For­est Whi­taker and – we’d bet play­ing the team’s “Im­pe­rial” in­side- man – Mads Mikkelsen. Pro­vid­ing the mus­cle is Don­nie Yen, who should hope­fully get the chance to put his tal­ents to more use than the guys from The Raid did in The Force Awak­ens. Mean­while Seren­ity’s Alan Tudyk is play­ing a mo- cap char­ac­ter. It’s prob­a­bly not a Gun­gun...

BACKIN BLACK

But the big ru­mour is who is likely to be on their trail: Darth Vader is not keen on be­ing made to look a fool, and with James Earl Jones pro­vid­ing new di­a­logue for the Rebels car­toon, we’re surely due an ap­pear­ance by the Sith Lord... That means there’s also the pos­si­bil­ity of Grand Moff Tarkin lin­ger­ing around the edges, although the ex­cel­lent Ben Men­del­sohn – creepi­ness in car­bon- form – will be

play­ing the movie’s main bad­die.

STAY ON TAR­GET

Of course, the word “Rogue” has a spe­cial place in the hearts of Star Wars fans. It was the ti­tle of one of the fighter squadrons which sub­se­quently – in the now de­funct ex­panded uni­verse – be­came the nom de guerre of Wedge’s team of ace fliers. Ex­pect some spec­tac­u­lar dog fights at

the very least.

WHEN DOES IT AR­RIVE?

The re­bel­lion starts on 16 De­cem­ber.

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