‘Rogue One’: “Jyn Erso” Featurette

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It’s hard to believe but the upcoming Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now less than two weeks away from its global debut. The cast along with director Gareth Edwards was in attendance for a Q&A live on Facebook yesterday and Lucasfilm took the opportunity to share a new featurette with the world. The featurette spotlights the character of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a former criminal turned hero when she helps the Rebel Alliance steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s superweapon which happens to be designed by Jyn’s father Galen (Mads Mikkelsen).

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 Gareth 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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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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Two New ‘Rogue One’ International TV Spots; New Dolby Cinema Poster

In addition to the featurette released by Lucasfilm today for the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, two new TV spots from Japan have hit the web. Each of them serves to spotlight Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) individually. While there is no new footage in the spots, nor do we learn anything new about Jyn, the spot for Cassian offers some new insight into his character as a recruiter for the Rebel Alliance.

Along with the new TV spots, two new posters have also made their way online this week including an official IMAX poster as well as an exclusive poster from Dolby Cinemas which was originally released as the Russian poster for the film.

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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Felicity Jones Talks Playing Jyn Erso

Star Wars isn’t just for boys anymore. This holiday, Lucasfilm will introduce us to another heroic female lead with Felicity Jones as the rebel soldier Jyn Erso who will lead the rebellion on their mission to steal the plans to the first Death Star which allowed Luke to destroy the superweapon in the original classic A New Hope.

Star Wars isn’t just for boys anymore. Last Christmas, The Force Awakens introduced us to one of the greatest female heroines in history in the form of Daisy Ridley as Rey, who begins as an orphaned scavenger trying to get by on the junkyard of a planet known as Jakku as she embarks on her heroes journey which resulted in the discovery of the self-exiled hero of the galaxy, Luke Skywalker.

Continuing that trend this holiday, Lucasfilm will introduce us to another heroic female lead with Felicity Jones as the rebel soldier Jyn Erso who will lead the rebellion on their mission to steal the plans to the first Death Star which allowed Luke to destroy the superweapon in the original classic A New Hope.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, the oscar nominated actress discussed the empowering experience she hopes for girls to have when the experience Rogue One.

I just hope that girls like the movie and can invest in Jyn’s story and care about her. It is quite nice now that instead of a fish’s tail, girls can see a cool female character who’s got a blaster and can run really fast.

Jones also commented on how much she enjoyed the physicality required for playing the role of Jyn Erso.

I loved it because I got to kick some ass. I loved the physical side of making these larger films. I worked closely with the stunt teams and got to learn a new skill. I mean, you do go home covered in bruises, but it’s worth it.

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

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SOURCE: VANITY FAIR

Garreth Edwards On Challenges of Rogue One; New Photos Released

One of the biggest questions going into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is how will director Garreth Edwards manage to capture the tension of the rebels spies stealing the Death Star being that we know they will succeed but most likely meet their demise before it’s all over.

One of the biggest questions going into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is how will director Garreth Edwards manage to capture the tension of the rebels spies stealing the Death Star being that we know they will succeed but most likely meet their demise before it’s all over. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Edwards explained that rather than focusing on the film’s ending, the bigger challenge was determining just where to begin the story in a way that gets us invested in the new characters and still manages to fit into the Skywalker saga as the film will lead us up to the moments before the original classic A New Hope begins with Darth Vaders Star Destroyer, “The Devastator” chasing down Princess Leia on board the Tantive IV attempting to escape from the Empire with the newly stolen plans for the Death Star.

“The thing every [filmmaker] typically struggles with is ‘How does it end?’” says director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). “But we knew how our film was going to end. Our problem became ‘How do we reverse engineer from that and know where to start?’ You’ve got a finite number of options and you go through them all like a puzzle to find the one that’s going to lead to the strongest result.” One of the most important pieces: Darth Vader, back to menace the deep reaches of space once again.

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Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed) are briefed along with Rebel pilots and soliders at the Rebel base on Yavin IV as they embark on their mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. (Image via Entertainment Weekly)

Edwards also spoke with USA Today about the origin of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), who’s father we know was taken away from her at a young age as he was the main scientist forced by the Empire to help develop the technology that powers the super weapon of the Death Star. The director explained Erso does have similarities to Luke Skywalker in that they are both initially reluctant heroes, however. The path that Erso will follow will be a very different one from the Jedi Master.

Events take place that just shatter her life and send her off to basically be raised as a soldier in the midst of a war. She ends up not the person she was supposed to be. Even though we’re not telling the story of Luke Skywalker, it was important to me that we capture the same themes and emotion, but the film doesn’t unfold how you think. It’s not the same path as Star Wars.

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Jyn Erso and K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), the former Imperial security droid who has been reprogrammed to assist the Rebels in their mission. (Image via USA Today)

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

SOURCES: EW, USA TODAY (VIA SCREENRANT)

‘Rogue One’ Hits UK Early; Possible Runtime Revealed

Star Wars fans in the United States will want to go dark on the internet starting December 15th to avoid spoilers as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to release in the UK a day ahead of its December 16th debut in North America.

Star Wars fans in the United States will want to go dark on the internet starting December 15th to avoid spoilers as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to release in the UK a day ahead of its December 16th debut in North America. I would recommend downloading the Chrome extension “Force Block” which will automatically block pages that could potentially contain spoilers if you are that concerned.

A possible runtime for the film has also made its way onto the page of an Australian film exhibitor called Event Cinemas. The film is rumored to clock in at 133 minutes (2 hours and 13 minutes) which is pretty average for a Star Wars film so there is a high probability this rumor is accurate. The longest Star Wars film to date is currently Attack of the Clones which sits at 142 minutes (2 hours and 22 minutes).

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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: MAKING STAR WARS