Rogue One Rocketing Toward Opening Day

Rogue One Rebel Alliance

Updated 11/28/16

With Rogue One tickets on sale now, the press blitz in advance of the December 16, 2016, release has begun. Four weeks before the premiere, Entertainment Tonight revealed a featurette that highlights the Big Three – Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor and K2-SO – and also clarifies the film’s place on the timeline. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes place immediately preceding the events of A New Hope.

Print and online mainstream entertainment sites have also been dribbling new material:

  • Entertainment Weekly shared new photos, including a very diverse group (see above) gathered around a conference room table, perhaps the formative moments of the Rebel Alliance.
  • The shield gate appears to be the design flaw exploited in this movie.
  • LFL President Kathleen Kennedy and Head of Story Kiri Hart spoke with EW‘s Anthony Breznican about planning future movies. The Story Group/Brain Trust will convene in January, after the first stand-alone Star Wars movie is battle-tested.

Rogue One felt like a great beginning for because they know about the Death Star plans. They know the things that happened in A New Hope,” [Kiri Hart] says. “So it had those familiar elements, those anchor points, but it also was about a completely new set of characters. So it felt like a really good template for the kinds of things that we feel these movies can do.”

  • Forbes seems to think the movie will do well with a $130 million opening week.
  • Kennedy also shared insight with Variety about the feel of the next stand-alone, the Han Solo movie, which has rounded out its cast with Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke.
  • ABC teased a special look at Rogue One during its Thanksgiving night Disney special, which you can now watch. “Trust” is one of my favorite TV spots.


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