Behold! The New Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Sizzle Reel & Poster
Last week we told you about the Star Wars celebration that was taking place in London, and promised a new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story clip—and here you go, some fresh Rogue One goodness to start your work week. This behind-the-scenes clip, at nearly 3 minutes long, gives you a fantastic sense of how different, and exciting, director Gareth Edwards film is. Grittier, greener (this looks to be a much more terrestrial film than any Star Wars before it) and, at least from this peek, closer to an on-the-ground war epic that any Star Wars film we've seen, Rogue One could set the stage for all future "non-saga" Star Wars films, allowing for more flexibility in style and tone. There are so many incredible shots in this video (what's Jyn holding when she runs, at the 1:35 mark—could those be the Death Star plans?) that it's going to take several viewings to take it all in. This is Star Wars by way of Black Hawk Down, and we're thrilled.
Not only did Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm reveal this sweet new sizzle reel, they also unveiled a new poster, both of which we've embedded below.
As you likely no by now, Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) tells the story of resistance fighters, let by Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) who have united to steal plans to the Death Star. This takes place right before the storyline in A New Hope begins. Starring alongside Jones is a hitter's club of cast members; Mads Mikklesen plays her father, Galen Erso. Diego Luna (Milk) is Captain Cassian Andor, Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Blade II) plays the blind spiritual warrior Chirrut Imwe, Jiang Wen (Let the Bullets Fly, Devils on the Doorstep) is his heavily armored best friend Baze Malbus, Alan Tudyk (Firefly), rendered in a motion-capture suit to become the droid K-2SO, Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Four Lions) is the Rebel pilot Bodhi Rook, and the great Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) as Saw Gerrera, who was actually first introduced in George Lucas's Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Your big bad is another outstanding characater actor; Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline, Mississippi Grind), who plays Director Orson Krennic.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set for release on December 16, 2016. Check out the gangbusters video below.