Star Wars: Rogue One tells the story of the Rebel soldiers who stole the Death Star plans that kickstarted the whole saga in A New Hope. Darth Vader’s line, “Several transmissions were beamed to this ship by Rebel spies”, is apparently the jumping off point for the movie.
It’s based on an idea from Industrial Light And Magic genius (and Photoshop cocreator) John Knoll.
Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told Entertainment Weekly that, “It’s really patterned after a World War II movie.”
The main character is Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones), who’s been on her own since 15 and is something of a rebel – even by Rebel Alliance standards.
Her dad Galen (Mads Mikkelsen) is a top scientist. Both the Empire and the Rebellion are looking for him.
She’s joined on the mission by Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), a Rebel intelligence officer who keeps an eye on Jyn…
…cargo pilot Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed)...
…a blind warrior called Chirrut Îmwe
(Donnie Yen), who is not a Jedi yet follows their teachings…
…and is closely protected by Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen).
There’s also a security droid called K-2SO (a performance-captured Alan Tudyk, who has mechanical previous from I, Robot)...
...and an insurgent called Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker).
This isn’t the first time Saw Gerrera has appeared in Star Wars. He was part of an resistance cell on Onderon in season five of The Clone Wars, where he received training from Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Mon Mothma is back – and she’s played by the same actress (Genevieve O’Reilly) who played her in Revenge Of The Sith before her performance ended up on the cutting room floor. The likeness with original actress Caroline Blakiston is uncanny.
It’s been confirmed! Darth Vader is definitely back in Rogue One.
He’ll be voiced by James Earl Jones again – as he is in Star Wars Rebels.
But Vader won’t be the star. “He will be in the movie sparingly,” said Kennedy. “But at a key strategic moment he’s going to loom large.”
He’s possibly not the biggest Imperial cheese in the movie. That role is filled by Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn), a man who really wants to keep the Emperor happy.
But doesn’t mean that Krennic and Darth Vader are BFFs.
There’s some new Imperial hardware in the movie. Like the not-quite-ATAT AT-ACTs (All Terrain Armoured Cargo Transports)...
...and the wedge-shaped TIE Strikers.
While old-school Stormtroopers will make an appearance, they have some new cousins. Like the Deathtroopers…
...and the Shoretroopers, guaranteed to ruin any beach holiday.
Some scenes from the movie were filmed at Canary Wharf Tube station.
The film is said to end about 10 minutes before the start of A New Hope. Could this mean a cameo for a certain princess?
Those much-reported reshoots are hopefully nothing to worry about – Lucasfilm sources told EW that they were planned all along.
Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) better be in good shape…