Rogue One Preview: "This is a rebellion, isn’t it?"

A year on from the release of The Force Awakens, we are eagerly anticipating the release of Rogue One. William Johnson tells us what we can expect from the newest Star Wars film.

William Johnson
28th November 2016

Rogue One marks the first of a trilogy of origin stories, which make up the Anthology Series. Set at the height of the Empire’s control of the galaxy and Darth Vader’s villainy, between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, it tells the story of a group of Rebel spies on a mission to steal the design schematics for the Galactic Empire’s new weapon, the Death Star.

After the release of the trailer it became clear that Rogue One would be bringing something very different to the galaxy far, far away. There will be no Jedi masterclasses, but instead a full in-the-trenches look of the Galactic Civil War captured from a much more human perspective than what the franchise has previously shown. Director Gareth Edwards, draws parallels with the style of the film with that of a war film, depicting the reality of war, “Good guys are bad. Bad guys are good. It’s complicated, layered; a very rich scenario in which to set a movie.”

Another ‘first’ that Rogue One brings to the Star Wars franchise is that it is the first film not scored by John Williams. Alexandre Desplat, whose work features in many a Wes Anderson production, The Kings Speech and Argo to name a few, has taken on the challenge.

“President of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, has assured that there will be no crossing over of these new origin films and the sequel trilogies”

As per the norm with big blockbuster franchises with a mass followings, fan theories are guaranteed to emerge and evolve in the run up to its opening. Although many are debated, some do offer a possible insight into what to expect. The biggest fan theory surrounding the film however has already been confirmed with the release of the latest trailer. Following on from the array of Star Wars film that centre family divisions at the centre of the Empire vs Rebel war, the trailer reveals that Rogue One is no exception. Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), is confirmed as the creator of the Empire’s Death Star and also the father of the film’s lead rebel Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones. However, whilst trying not to give out any spoilers, the relationship between Galen and the Empire is a lot more complicated than what is depicted so far.

Some have speculated whether Rogue One will bring us any clues to help answer the widely debated question which The Force Awakens left us with. Who are Rey’s parents? Many have speculated that Luke Skywalker is her father but her mother leaves a greater mystery. One popular theory that has risen is given the time frame and the obvious physical similarities, Jyn is in fact Rey’s mother. President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy has assured that there will be no crossing over of these new origin films and the sequel trilogies. This is with specific reference to carrying characters into the saga episodes. A ruse or not, if Rey’s family are revealed in Episode VIII it will have a much greater impact if viewers are already familiar with who they are.

With its release scheduled for December 15th, you don’t have to wait long to find out. Be set to witness what looks to be an explosive and visceral start to this new trilogy that will be sure to fill in the gaps left by the episode saga.

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