ROGUE ONE

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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…

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