Star Wars: Rogue One will be the first anthology and spinoff film that will feature a Star Wars vibe completely different from any of the other movies. While we still have Star Wars: The Force Awakens to look forward to (less than a month away!), there’s been much talks concerning Gareth Edwards Star Wars film. Star Wars: Rogue One will gives us the complete story of how and when the Rebels stole the Death Star plans from the clutches of the evil Empire. The tagline for Rogue: One is as follows: “A rogue band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans.”
As we all know from watching A New Hope, the Rebels succeeded in their victory after stealing the plans from the Empire and knowing the weakness of the Death Star. Grand Moff Tarkin’s last words on the Death Star were, “You may fire when ready.” Unfortunately for him he underestimated the Rebels and paid the price. The Rebels fought long and fierce battles to obtain the plans at the cost of their own lives. If it weren’t for these brave souls, the Empire would have succeeded and the Rebel Alliance would have been no more. The film will be released on December 16, 2016 in a theater near you but the question is what can we expect to see in this upcoming Star Wars film? Read on to find out!
#1. Gritty Violence
Let’s just get this one out of the way. Star Wars is of course known for the action, the drama, and the story that has unfolded across all six films. When Edwards was asked back in April as to whether this film would be considered a “war film” he responded jokingly saying, “It’s called STAR WARS.” Edwards has a point after all and stresses that this movie will have a ton of action in it and will focus on a band of rebels uniting against the threat of the Empire. The film will likely be much more violent than we’ve seen in previous movies and show us more on the backstory to the Rebel Alliance. Expect to see the older looking stormtrooper costumes as well as AT-AT and AT-ST walkers, Y-Wings, A-Wings, and of course the famous X-Wings.
#2. It will have a Star Wars: Battlefront feel to it
Now before you stop blowing up the comment section down below stating how I’m comparing this film to a video game, let me be clear. I’m not here saying that this film will feel like a video game, but rather the movie will make you feel as if you’re a part of the battle. When you play any of the Star Wars: Battlefront games, you feel like you are a part of the action leading a band of troops to annihilate the enemy. Star Wars: Rogue One may look to give us both a first person as well as a third person point of view of the characters to give us a taste of being in their shoes. This move in my opinion would be clever and would give fans more excitement as we’re watching it on the big screen.
#3. No Jedi + No Force = No Problem
This will also be the first Star Wars film not to have featured a Jedi. They may make mention of the Force or that the Jedi were slaughtered at some point but there certainly will not be any Jedi in this film. After all, we know that Yoda is living in the Dagobah system and Obi-Wan Kenobi is looking out for Luke Skywalker on Tatooine, therefore we shouldn’t be seeing any other Jedi in this movie. The focus on the film will be the Rebels and quite frankly it should stay that way. It may be good to give a few nods to certain characters from the previous films, but it should be something that will not take you out of the film since the focus is the Rebels obtaining the Death Star plans.
When asked about the possibility of Jedi being featured in the film, Edwards responded saying:
#4. Both Grand Moff Tarkin and Darth Vader will have a Presence
Actor Peter Cushing played a very memorable character as Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin in A New Hope. Like Palpatine, Tarkin could also give orders to Vader without having to worry about getting Force choked. The novel Tarkin written by James Luceno goes more in depth to the character of Tarkin and how he rose up in rank and gained the trust of Lord Vader as they accomplished missions throughout the years. Tarkin is well known and respected by people who work for the Empire. It should be no surprise then when it was announced that the character would reprise his role in the first anthology film. Supposedly he will be digitally recreated for the movie and will require a lot of CGI work to accomplish this task. If there’s one company who can accomplish this feat, it’s definitely ILM (Industrial Light & Magic). How big of a role he will have is a mystery for now.
Darth Vader has also been confirmed to come back although he will most likely have a few cameos in the film. It’s almost a given that they HAVE to put in arguably the greatest movie villain of all time. I mean we all know he was alive during these events so it’s a must to have him somewhere in the film. He probably won’t have a large role like in the previous Star Wars movies. Vader will likely play a pivotal role in the background where Edwards could give us hints showing Vader’s presence throughout even though we won’t directly see him.
#5. The Ending will lead directly into A New Hope
There has yet to be a Star Wars film where the results of the previous film go directly into the next film. Between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back there’s a good two year gap. Between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi there’s at least a year. Between the other prequel films, well you get the picture.
This could be a smart way to connect Star Wars: Rogue One with A New Hope. Let me give you my theory as to how the film will end. The ending will most likely showcase the victory of the Rebel Alliance celebrating their retrieval of the plans. Then we see Captain Antilles and his crew climb aboard his ship named Tantive IV. As the ship takes off into outer space, we hear the rumbling engines of Imperial fighters and see the Star Destroyer appear out in the distance. The film cuts to black and rest is history. We all know what happens immediately after that. Vader and the stormtroopers invade the ship killing Captain Antilles and his crew while capturing Princess Leia in the process.
It’s a fitting conclusion to what sounds to be an amazing film. Let’s just hope Edwards sticks to his guns and directs the war film that Star Wars deserves.
So what do you think? Is there anything else you believe may/may not be featured in this film that is different than any Star Wars film we’ve had in the past? I’d like to hear your thoughts below and please share!