In just a few short days, LucasFilm will hold the world premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in Hollywood, and we showed you yesterday that the studio is bringing out the big guns, with a massvie X-Wing ship parked on a closed-off Hollywood Boulevard. While we wait for more from the premiere on Saturday, LucasFilm has debuted a new Chinese trailer, to get fans ready for the Chinese release on January 7, 2017. The studio's first ever spin-off has been tracking well with box office analysts, although it most certainly won't open as high as Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year.
Box office analysts started tracking the movie last month, which is reportedly set for an opening weekend of roughly $130 million. While that is certainly a far cry from Star Wars: The Force Awakens' record debut of $247.9 million last December, it's still an impressive opening for a movie that enters new Star Wars territory, set between the events of the last prequel, Revenge of the Sith and the legendary first movie, 1977's A New Hope. This new trailer from StarWars.com's YouTube includes footage from a flashback Jyn Erso had about her childhood, as she's seen spying on a meeting between her father Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) and Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn).
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. Rogue One is only the first, but not the last of Disney's stand alone Star Wars films. The studio 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, and they are 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, who was first seen in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Gareth Edwards directs from a screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, based on a story created by Gary Whitta and John Knoll. This Chinese trailer could be very important in the grand scheme of things, since the Chinese market is such a valuable one.
When Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters overseas, it made a whopping $1.1 billion in foreign territories, which, combined with the record-breaking $936.6 million domestic box office take, equalled a $2.06 billion worldwide gross. Of all the international markets, China ($124.1 million) was second only to the U.K. ($163.5 million), where the film was largely shot. If Rogue One is to succeed at the global box office, it will have to do well in China. Take a look at the international trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story below, as we inch closer and closer to its December 16 release date. We also have a ton of awesome new photos in our Rogue One gallery that you need to see.