I have a bad feeling about this…
Directed by Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla”, “Monsters”) and written by Chris Weitz – based on a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story chronicles the exploits of one of the earliest cells of the Rebellion. This eclectic crew of battle-hardened freedom fighters is given the unenviable task of stealing the plans of the Death Star from the Galactic Empire. If one recalls how much difficulty (i.e. a steep death count) the Bothans had while retrieving intel on the second Death Star, this mission is hundreds of thousands of light years from being considered a cakewalk.
Touted as the first Star Wars film without any Jedi, Edwards wants Rogue One to focus on the initial struggles in building a resistance force and feature the true reason for the future success of the Rebellion: the countless troops that ceaselessly fought with nothing but their ingenuity and sheer will. While a handful of heroes received most of the credit for the Empire’s collapse, there were thousands before them who sacrificed everything to liberate an entire galaxy from a totalitarian regime. And this is the first chapter in their bloody tale.
From what was seen in today’s trailer, the Rogue team is in for a brutal fight the likes of which has never been seen in the Star Wars franchise!
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, Alan Tudyk, Forest Whitaker, and Mads Mikkelsen (phew!) is hitting theaters December 16! Buy your tickets RIGHT. NOW.