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‘Rogue One’: Why you should be far more excited!

Rogue One has been all over entertainment news outlets this past week! The reason being, official details regarding the new film have finally emerged – the initial source was EW! I’m just going to hasten a guess and say that Lucasfilm has a serious agenda here I believe the motive behind the recent info dump is to compete with all the continuing Suicide Squad hype. Suicide Squad is set for release four months prior to Rogue One; however, the DC fandom is tirelessly drowning out the buzz that all other films are trying to create right now. I personally don’t think it will live up to the hype … but that opinion isn’t relevant here. What is relevant is how much Rogue One actually has going for it. You should all be way more buzzing for it!

Therefore, we have condensed as much new info as we can into this post – there was A LOT! And, I’ve compiled a list of THE BARE MINIMUM: three reasons why you should be far more excited about Rogue One than I bet you already aren’t!

 

Return of the Sith

As we already know Rogue One is set during the cinematically unexplored time between Episode III and Episode IV – 19 years after Revenge of the Sith. The speculation was, therefore, that Rogue One would treat us to a Darth Vader cameo.it has officially been confirmed by

I’m happy to announce that EW has officially confirmed that the iconic villain, Darth Vader, will, in fact, be making a come-back in Rogue One! THANK THE SITH LORD! This is fantastic news as it was what every fan was holding out for. Although Director Gareth Edwards said he’d like the Force to take a back-seat in this movie, making way for the Rebel Alliance (the Jedi are still in exile)it was very clear to super-fans that the Force wasn’t going to be entirely absent. So, our Yoda-like intuition did tell us, with the absence of the Jedi, who better to showcase the power of the Force than the Sith Lord himself, Darth Vader.

Now, unfortunately, if you were thinking Rogue One would, therefore, be Vader’s solo project, I have to let you down gently. There will be very little of Vader I’m afraid.

Darth vader, no gif

 

As Edwards already stated, the difference between the anthology series and the original saga is that the anthology will focus more on side plots and characters, whereas, the saga’s main focus was the Skywalker family. Therefore, it’s not surprising that he perhaps feels we’ve seen enough Vader. I too think overusing Vader runs the risk of turning him into just another marketing point, which I think is the opposite intention of these spin-off movies. Sparsely using the Skywalkers and the Force allows writers to create a fresh and dynamic outlook on the Star Wars universe, and the other people who inhabit it.

In her interview with EW, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says Rogue One has to make careful use of Vader. “He will be in the movie sparingly,” she says. “But at a key, strategic moment, he’s going to loom large.”

Among the Rebels, Vader generally remains a myth, a legend. And, within the Empire, Vader acts as a poltergeist – his presence is heavily felt but very few have ever actually seen him. He remains hidden deep within the inner workings of the Galatic Empire, exercising his power over the council and, thus, the Galaxy. During this time period, Darth Vader will now be well-adjusted and at one with the Dark side – less volatile, but more strategically dangerous, I imagine. Therefore, when Vader does emerge in Rogue One, it’s expected to be brutal, a shock to the unsuspecting Rebel Alliance, and thoroughly entertaining for any die-hard fans.

Moreover, actor James Earl Jones is coming out of retirement at 85 years of age, to voice the spine-tingling Vader dialogue once more. Whilst, a younger and larger framed actor will be inside the suit, of course.

 

Deathtroopers

Deathtroopers, Rogue One
Image Credit: Jonathan Olley/2016 Lucasfilm

As Vader will be hiding in a control room somewhere for most of this movie, another heinous villain must take his place. Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) will be the main opposition for the Rebels in this movie.

Director, Rogue One
Image Credit: Jonathan Olley/2016 Lucasfilm

Funnily, the fact that he’ll be sharing the limelight with Vader in Rogue One cleverly reflects how he is forever in Vader’s shadow within the Empire, too. Darth Vader is obviously favoured by Senator Palpatine (Darth Sidious), and the film will, reportedly, touch upon just what makes their bond so strong. This is a bond that Director Orson Krennic intends to break it in order to get ahead and climb the Empire ranks. However, my guess is we’ll be saying our farewells to Krennic before the end credits are rolling – no shade, but there’s really no match for Vader.

With his team of Deathtroopers, though, Krennic will most likely put up a grand fight. These Deathtroopers are, apparently, far more superior and formidable than the standard stormtrooper. Rogue One’s worst kept secret is that this film is supposedly going to be a lot grittier and violent than its predecessors. So, I’m assuming that these Deathtroopers will be firing a few shots into that mess. They certainly look sleeker and agiler than your run-of-the-mill Stormtrooper. Honestly, I can’t say use any elaborative language here: they just look f***ing badass; I’m so excited!

 

Official set pictures

EW, also, released a batch of brand new on-set pictures and frames from Rogue One. I know, you don’t want it to end but at the same time, for your health, it kinda has to! The force is strong with Lucasfilm!

fainting Rey

But in all seriousness, these are honestly some of the most insightful and hype-driving release photos I have ever seen!

So, here are my top three (there were over 22):

 

 1. ‘Paradise Lost’

rogue one set photos
Image Credit: Jonathan Olley/2016 Lucasfilm

This, personally, is my favourite! I think this is just such cool shot. There’s something so intriguing and contradictory about it that it seriously grabbed my attention. I think it’s the notion of seeing stormtroopers off the starships and out in the wild. There doesn’t appear to be any obvious battlefield here, no lines are drawn. If anything, this terrain looks difficult to navigate and I think that’s a new vulnerable look at Stormtroopers. This shot alone filled me with joy regarding Rogue One; I can’t stop looking at it … sorry, I’ll resume a professional tone.

This was shot in the Maldives with Edward’s intention of sticking to planets of one, single ecosystem — a Star Wars tradition. This yet to be named planet will serve as a battleground in one of the many Rogue One battle scenes.

 

2. ‘Toy Soldier’

rogue one set photos
Image Credit: Jonathan Olley/2016 Lucasfilm

Yet another eerie shot and this time of the Deathtroopers, all of whom I assume are either fighting with or against the Stormtroopers. What I think we might see is a tactical shift in the alliance, similar to that in Attack of the Clones, when the stormtroopers – once Jedi allies – turn on and slaughter most of the Jedi Order. The fact that the Deathtrooper is holding a ‘toy soldier’ fashioned as a Stormtrooper, apparently, holds a lot of significance in the coming story. That is across both the anthology series and the main franchise. It’s hard to gain a sense of who’s side these Death troopers are on, but all I know for sure is that this is yet another mind-blowing shot. So far, the cinematography in Rogue One feels so far removed from the usual Star Wars aesthetic that it’s genuinely refreshing. I’m far too excited!

 

3. ‘Multicultural Cast’

Rogue one set photos
Image Credit: Jonathan Olley/2016 Lucasfilm

This is a little different being a behind the scene shot, but Edwards likes to highlight that this emphasises the multicultural feel Rogue One will have. As this film is more distant from the Skywalker story, it’s had the freedom to reach and expand across the galaxy and show us more of the unexplored cultures. This mix of nationalities within the cast was deliberate. It reflects a galaxy filled with diversity (human and alien) and highlights how, differences aside, people will always come together to fight oppression. This I strongly believe previous Star Wars films, including Force Awakens (shoot me), lacked. Force Awakens, to me, felt too small … but it did get away with it. Rogue One would definitely flop, however, without this element as diversity is always a fundamental part of any rebellion. Diversity reflects the basic nature of the Universe and, with that, art imitates real-life.

Can this film stop making me love it before I’ve even seen it!

 

Let us know in the comments how excited you are for Rogue One – in cinemas December 16, 2016. I think it’s obvious that I’m just a tiny bit thrilled! Share below your opinions on this ridiculously huge info-dump and we can process it all together!

 

Feature Image Source: makingstarwars.net

 

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Hannah McLaren

Hannah is a University graduate and a fiction writer. She's currently working on a set of short stories and a book, whilst considering a career in journalism. When Hannah's not busy in these arenas, she's a TV addict who has a particular attraction to all things supernatural. She has always been a source of TV knowledge for her friends and now she's here for you, too.

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