‘Rogue One’ Tickets Now Available

The day has finally come! Pre-sale tickets for the upcoming Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are now available. To celebrate, Lucasfilm dropped another TV spot right at midnight officially announcing the availability of pre-sale tickets. Chances are if you are reading this, tickets have already sold out in your area.

The latest TV spot gives us new glimpses of the Death Star, what appears to be the destruction of Jedha, and new shots from the climactic battle on Scariff. The presence of Vader looms over the spot with the sound of his breath coming from his respirator. It all leads up to the screams of war followed by a hammering version of the Imperial March.

This weekend also saw the confirmation of the film’s runtime at 133 minutes via Lucasfilm creative executive Pablo Hidalgo. The film falls right in the middle of runtimes for Star Wars films. Episodes IV-VI clocked in at 121, 124, and 131 minutes. The prequel trilogy ran slightly longer with runtimes for Episodes I-III at 133, 142, and 140 minutes. Episode VII, the first film in this new era of Star Wars, had a runtime of 135 minutes.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

Produced by Lucasfilm, the film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy. Directed by Garreth Edwards.

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. In theaters December 2016.

SOURCE: LUCASFILM

Ben Mendelsohn Talks Darth Vader and Krennic

In just three weeks the upcoming Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be here. The first standalone feature film in the Star Wars franchise is a direct prequel to the original classic Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The film follows Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and a band of rebel spies as they defy the odds, managing to steal the Death Star plans out from the Empire just as construction on the superweapon is being completed.

Spearheading the development of the Death Star is Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn). Krennic is specifically the director of advanced weapons research for the Imperial military. Think of him like a sinister Steve Jobs. He’s the man with the vision, but not necessarily the brains to realize the vision itself.

Krennic is a very unorthodox Imperial officer. He wasn’t born on Coruscant (most are) and he carries a blaster (none do). He’s a “working class” officer, as described by the film’s director Garreth Edwards. Edwards recently revealed Krennic has managed to work his way up the ranks “through sheer force of personality and ideas”. But unfortunately for Krennic, he’s hit the glass ceiling in the Empire and he’s counting on the Death Star operating at full power to take him to the next level.

As smart as Krennic is, he’s rather ignorant to the force. His ideas have gotten him far, but he’s still considered to be a small minded person with a limited understanding of the universe by the sith lord Darth Vader. As we already know, Vader was never impressed with the Death Star. But Vader follows orders from Emperor Palpatine and in Rogue One, Vader is tasked with overseeing the completion of the galactic superweapon after Krennics lack of progress has left the Emperor most displeased.

While speaking with Empire Magazine, Mendelsohn spoke about the dynamic between his character Krennic and Darth Vader:

“It’s fair to say Lord Vader and he aren’t friendly. Darth is very much about the Force. Krennic is force. Not really down with the whole mystical thing.”

Mendelsohn went further:

“He is truly a man that has made his own way up the chain through his own abilities. His weapon, for instance, is a very old type of blaster, because he’s an old warrior dude. He’s been put in charge of making this thing happen. And it’s gonna get done!”

We know the Death Star will be fully operational by the time of A New Hope, but whether or not Krennic is still alive by then remains to be seen.

Empire has also released a new photo of Krennic from Rogue One. The picture has me a bit curious as Mendelsohn’s hair is slightly longer and styled differently from everything else we have seen of his character. Could this still be from the reshoots? Or is it more likely to be from the flashback in the film? The flashback is set 15 years prior to the main plot sees Krennic coerce Jyn Erso’s father, Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) into providing his talents to help him construct the Death Star.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

Produced by Lucasfilm, the film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy. Directed by Garreth Edwards.

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. In theaters December 2016.

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EW ‘Rogue One’ Covers Feature Jyn Erso and Looming Threats

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly features two covers both of Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso and the looming presence of Darth Vader as well as the Empire’s superweapon, the Death Star. The upcoming prequel which leads directly into the original classic Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, follows a rag-tag group of rebel spies as the rebellion infiltrates the Empire — stealing the plans to the Death Star — and winning its first battle in the galactic civil war.

The battle is set to take place on and over top of the planet Scariff, home to the Imperial base where the Death Star was constructed. But before the rebellion can infiltrate the base, they first must destroy the shield gate. The planet of Scarrif is so valuable to Emperor Palpatine, he has it protected with a massive shield to prevent intruders from landing on the planet.

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Considering we have already seen Jyn, Cassian, and K-2SO make their way into the facility, we can look forward to seeing the Rebellion destroy the shield gate. Hopefully in an unexpected way. Since the outcome of the film is already known, Lucasfilm has a tremendous amount of pressure to deliver something audiences won’t see coming. Especially after the backlash regarding the similarities between the plots of A New Hope and last year’s The Force Awakens.

EW will be doling out more bits of Rogue One over the course of the week. The hype for Rogue is reaching a fever pitch level as we close in on the film’s release in just over three weeks. My expectation is that pre-sale tickets will go on sale during Thanksgiving this week when Lucasfilm debuts a new featurette during the Disney Magical Holiday Celebration on ABC. We’ll get an exclusive look at Rogue One in what will most likely be a very short featurette offering a few glimpses of new footage interlaced with interviews from the cast. It would be a perfect opportunity to announce the availability of pre-sale tickets while families are together celebrating Thanksgiving.

EW has also revealed that Lucasfilm has a major meeting planned for this January where the brains behind the new generation of the Star Wars franchise will come together to plan out the future of the franchise beyond Episode IX.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

Produced by Lucasfilm, the film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker with a script penned by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy. Directed by Garreth Edwards.

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. In theaters December 2016.
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‘Rogue One’: International Trailer #3 Will Leave You Screaming

Take cover people! Lucasfilm just dropped another international trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It’s essentially a mashup of the last few trailers but it contains some brief new footage including a hilarious bit between Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen) and Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen) as well as some shots from the climactic space battle over Scariff that will leave you screaming just like the X-wing pilot seen in previous trailers. If you don’t want to see any more footage from the film I would suggest not watching, but if you love Star Wars and can’t help yourself like me, enjoy!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

Produced by Lucasfilm, the film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk,  Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker with a script penned by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, directed by Garreth Edwards.

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. In theaters December 2016.

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‘Rogue One’: “Hope” TV Spot

The marketing campaign for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is ramping up to the films release and today the barrage of TV spots has officially begun. After yesterday’s international trailer that revealed new footage, we now have a new international TV spot that offers a few glimpses at previously never before seen footage.

The TV spot offers an incredible look at a squadron of TIE fighters overtop Scariff as well as a shot of Donnie Yen looking as powerful as ever.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

Produced by Lucasfilm, the film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk,  Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker with a script penned by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, directed by Garreth Edwards.

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. In theaters December 2016.

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‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’: International Trailer #2 Reveals Jyn Erso’s Mother and More

The second international trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has arrived. The trailer reveals actress Valene Kane (The Fall) as Lyra Erso, the mother of the film’s protagonist Jyn Erso played by Felicity Jones. Lyra will also be featured in the upcoming Rogue One prequel novel, Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel set to hit shelves on November 15th.

The second international trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has arrived. The trailer reveals actress Valene Kane (The Fall) as Lyra Erso, the mother of the film’s protagonist, Jyn Erso played by actress Felicity Jones. Lyra will also be featured in the upcoming Rogue One prequel novel, Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel set to hit shelves on November 15th.

In addition to Lyra Erso, the trailer all but confirms that the planet of Jedha, the Mecca for the Jedi religion in the Star Wars Universe, may actually be the first planet destroyed by the Death Star rather than Alderaan. But there has to be more than meets the eye because of it is true, it would completely contradict Grand Moff Tarkin’s words when he told Princess Leia that Alderaan would be the first planet destroyed by the superweapon. Jedha also looks to be destroyed much more slowly than Alderaan was which was obliterated in an instant so it’s possible this is an early weapons test before the station was fully operational.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

Produced by Lucasfilm, the film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk,  Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker with a script penned by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, directed by Garreth Edwards.

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. In theaters December 2016.

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SOURCE: LUCASFILM (via JOBLO)

‘Rogue One’ Director Explains How Director Krennic Fits in With The Empire

Since the main antagonist for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) was revealed, fans have wondered just how the character would fit into the pre-existing hierarchy of the Empire first introduced in the original classic A New Hope back in 1977.

Since the main antagonist for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) was revealed, fans have wondered just how the character would fit into the pre-existing hierarchy of the Empire first introduced in the original classic A New Hope back in 1977.

In an interview with USA Today, director Garreth Edwards divulged just exactly where Krennic stands with the Empire.

[Krennic] hits a brick wall in the hierarchy where they won’t let him in the club and it’s going to turn into a them-or-us situation: either Krennic or Tarkin and the others.

Edwards also added that Krennic is a “working-class” Imperial officer who ascended to his position “through sheer force of personality and ideas”.

Krennic hitting the brick wall or glass ceiling means that the character was most likely born in the outer rim of the galaxy. Fans who read the books know the Empire is extremely prejudiced against non-human species or those born outside the inner rim of the galaxy. Where is this guy from, Jelucan? One thing is for sure, he wasn’t born on Coruscant.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

Head on over to USA Today read more of the interview with Edwards including a brief account of what it like shooting a scene with Mendelsohn opposite Darth Vader.

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From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. In theaters December 2016.

SOURCE: USA TODAY