(DON’T WORRY, THERE ARE NO SPOILERS)
Last night, the press was treated to a 28-minute sneak preview of the upcoming Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The sneak preview consisted of the first 15 minutes of the film followed by another 13 minutes of footage from the first act as well as a montage of the action from the second and third acts. The verdict? It’s good. Really good. Even the music!
The editor-in-chief of Collider himself, Steve Weintraub posted an awesome video taking fans inside the event just after the sneak preview let out. “It plays like a war movie. It’s real crazy. It really looked good”, Weintraub said just before he captured the reactions of much of the press who all had glowingly positive responses to the footage. Well except for one attendee who wasn’t able to articulate her opinion, other than saying it wasn’t for her.
But the two common things everyone seemed to love was Alan Tudyk’s already iconic droid K-2SO and the action. “It’s gritty as hell. There’s a sequence that reminded me of Zero Dark Thirty or Lone Survivor”, said another member of the press in attendance.
The movie can’t come soon enough. If you need something to hold yourself over until the film’s release, I would strongly suggest reading, or better yet listen to the audiobook of Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel. The book tells the story of Galen Erso and the development of the Death Stars superlaser. It’s an incredibly fascinating story that will make Jyn, Galen, and Orson Krennic meaningful characters for you going into 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. 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.