Rogue One Clips Show First Real Look at the New Star Wars Movie
Just hours after the world premiere in Los Angeles last night, LucasFilm has released two new clips from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as we inch closer and closer to the December 16 release date. The first clip features the rescue of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), who is being held captive by a few Stormtroopers before Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) comes in to save her. Jyn doesn't exactly show much gratitude for this rescue, though, taking out all of Andor's soldiers and trying to escape, before she's stopped by the droid K-2SO. The second clip features K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) piloting a ship, with Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed) providing navigation along the way, which provides a reference to the original classic, A New Hope.
This second clip from LucasFilm features K-2SO continuing to tell Cassian Andor and Bodhi Rook the "chances of failure," which Andor reveals he doesn't want to hear. While the exact words are obviously different, the scene is quite reminiscent of Han Solo's (Harrison Ford) "never tell me the odds" line from Empire Strikes Back. The film is actually set several years before Empire Strikes Back, set between the evnts of Revenge of the Sith and the movie that started it all, the 1977 classic A New Hope.
Box office analysts have predicted that Rogue One could earn upwards of $130 million in its opening weekend. That figure is a far cry from Star Wars: The Force Awakens' record-breaking $247.9 million debut last December, but if it does match or exceed this prediction, it will still be a fantastic debut for a movie that enters uncharted territory in the Star Wars universe. This is the first stand alone movie in the Star Wars canon, with the Han Solo spin-off coming i 2018, and LucasFilm also planning a third spin-off for 2020, which is rumored to center on the iconic bounty hunter Boba Fett. There have also been rumors that, after this new trilogy wraps up in 2019 with Star Wars: Episode IX, that the rest of the Star Wars movies will be stand alone movies, after the Luke Skywalker saga is finally complete. That report has yet to be confirmed though.
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. This will be the first Star Wars movie that won't have an opening crawl to kick off the movie, and also the first Star Wars movie that won't be scored by John Williams, with Michael Giacchino composing the score.
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. While we continue the countdown towards this highly-anticipated release take a look at the two new clips from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, to get ready for the December 16 debut.