That's a wrap! In just over two weeks, many of us will be sitting in a movie theater watching a brand new Star Wars movie. It is hard to match the excitement that we all felt heading into Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, but Star Wars: Rogue One appears to be coming pretty close. Now, after months of rumors, set photos, trailers, reshoots and anticipation, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has officially wrapped post-production, meaning the movie is totally and completely done.
The news came courtesy of Industrial Light and Magic's lead visual effects artist on the movie, Todd Vaziri. He took to his personal Twitter account today to make the announcement that Star Wars: Rogue One had totally wrapped in a way pretty much every Star Wars fan can appreciate. He tweeted out a picture of Admiral Ackbar from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi with the caption "It's a wrap!" Perfect. He also made a little Tie Fighter using some letters and symbols on his keyboard.
Fairly late into the process of getting Rogue One: A Star Wars Story made, it was announced that some apparently significant reshoots needed to be done on the movie. Reports varied, ranging from saying they were relatively standard, to Gareth Edwards' initial cut of the movie being a total mess. That had some fans worried, but all of the footage and marketing material Lucasfilm has released for the movie have put minds at ease and now the general consensus seems to be that everyone is very excited for the very first ever Star Wars spin-off movie.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has very high expectations placed on it, both in terms of quality and box office, just by virtue of the fact that it is a Star Wars movie. Also, Disney has their own set of high standards they have placed on themselves at this point. The movie is currently on track to make around $130 million opening weekend, but box office tracking has been somewhat unreliable for big movies lately, so it could easily top that. If it does come in at $130 million, Disney and Lucasfilm would still be very happy and it would be one of the biggest opening weekends of 2016. But with the tremendous pre-sale numbers, $130 million is starting to seem a little low.
Rogue One tells the story of how the Rebels got their hands on the Death Star plans, as teased in the opening crawl in Star Wars: A New Hope. The movie stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Diego Luna, Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang and Forest Whitaker, in addition to featuring Darth Vader, who is once again being voiced by James Earl Jones. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16 and tickets are on sale now.