Fans will finally get to see the first Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in theaters during Thursday night sneak previews, and the early reactions are already incredibly positive. Some have claimed that it's the best Star Wars movie since the original trilogy, but while we continue the countdown towards its release, we have an interesting tidbit about the film, thanks to director Gareth Edwards. While doing press for this spin-off, the filmmaker revealed that there is a planet featured in the movie that is directly inspired by the original Alien. Here's what he had to say below.
"Films that I used in there that got high score were Apocalypse Now; a little of Thin Red Line, and there's a planet in our film that's very much inspired by Alien. Also Blade Runner, THX-1138 and of course the original Star Wars."
Fandango reveals that this planet is entitled Eadu, which bears quite the striking similarity to LV-426 in Ridley Scott's original Alien. Unfortunately, the scenes that take place on Eadu were not revealed since they delve into spoiler territory, but you can see in the photos below that Eadu and LV-426 are practically identical, in many ways. Thankfully, we only have one day left to wait to find out what will happen on Eadu in Rogue One.
The story is set between the last movie in the prequel trilogy, 2005's Revenge of the Sith, and the 1977 classic that started it all, Star Wars: A New Hope. This highly-anticipated movie is set in a time of conflict, following a group of unlikely heroes who 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.
We reported earlier today that Rogue One is eyeing an impressive $350 million worldwide opening weekend. That figure is nowhere close to Star Wars: The Force Awakens' record-breaking worldwide debut of $528.9 million, which included a record-breaking domestic total of $279.9 million, but a $350 million total is certainly a milestone, since only two other movies have made that much all year. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice took in $422.5 million worldwide in March and Captain America: Civil War earned $379.5 million worldwide in May. It may also be able to take down this year's current box office champion, the Pixar sequel Finding Dory, which has taken in $486.2 million, although Captain America: Civil War currently holds the worldwide crown with $1.1 billion.
Director Gareth Edwards' cast for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The story is by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, and the screenplay is by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy. Take a look at this photo of Eadu below, with an image of the Alien planet LV-426 below it, and sure to check back throughout the weekend to stay on top of Rogue One's box office progress.