While Disney and LucasFilm's first Star Wars spin-off doesn't hit theaters until December 16, preparations are currently under way in the heart of Hollywood for the Los Angeles premiere at the Pantages Theater. Hollywood Boulevard is currently shut down to prepare for the premiere, which takes place Saturday, December 10, with one section of the street fenced off from the prying eyes of pedestrians. Earlier today, Los Angeles' local Fox affiliate, Fox 11, caught an aerial glimpse at what's behind the barricade, a massive X-Wing ship.
The video debuted on the Fox 11 Twitter, and while it's only 25 seconds long, we get a good glimpse at this X-Wing ship, parked right in the middle of the closed-off street. It's possible that this is one of the practical ships that were used on the set itself, but that has yet to be confirmed. Since X-Wings play a pivotal part in the story, it's fitting to see one of these actual ships being put on display for the world premiere.
This X-Wing ship is just one example of how the production embraced practical effects. Earlier this week, LucasFilm debuted an extended preview that took fans inside the creature shop, which showcased a number of unique new creatures. The video also feautred director Gareth Edwards shaking the hand of an actor who is playing an unidentified Mon Calimari character. It reamins to be seen if this character has any relation to the most famous Mon Calimari, Admiral Ackbar. With just days left until this adventure hits theaters, it remains to be seen how much more footage will be shown to the fans.
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. After Rogue One, Disney will roll out a Han Solo spin-off, starring Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover as Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, which is set for release on May 25, 2018. The studio is also planning a third spin-off for 2020, which has been rumored to center on Boba Fett.
Felicity Jones leads a cast that also includes Diego Luna as Captain Cassian Andor, Ben Mendelsohn as Director Orson Krennic, Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe, Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso, Alan Tudyk as K-2S0, Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook, Wen Jiang as Baze Malbus and Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera. Gareth Edwards directs from a screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, based on a story created by Gary Whitta and John Knoll. Box office analysts have predicted that Rogue One could earn upwards of $130 million when it opens in theaters on December 16. While we continue the countdown towards this highly-anticipated release take a look at this brief aerial video to check out the X-Wing ship that will be on display at the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story world premiere in Hollywood this weekend.