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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story introduced a new piece to Darth Vader’s legacy. While the first Star Wars anthology movie poses far fewer questions than Star Wars: The Force Awakens, most of the queries I’ve been getting about Rogue One surround Darth Vader’s castle. We have some of the answers.

This location’s origin is steeped in Star Wars lore, and we already know quite a bit about its new canon backstory (which may include some appearances in future Star Wars projects). Hit the jump to learn more about Darth Vader’s new residence which is introduced on screen in Rogue One.

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rogue one missing footage

The shot above is not from the version of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that you’ll see in theaters. It’s no secret that Rogue One went through an extensive set of reshoots, which very likely led to a better movie. After seeing the film for the first time, I was amazed at how much footage and dialogue in the trailers and marketing wasn’t in the film itself.

In fact, the first Rogue One teaser trailer is comprised almost entirely of footage that wasn’t in the finished film. Some of it is completely different, while other parts are alternate takes and altered dialogue. Iconic lines that were part of the marketing campaign (like “I rebel!”) are nowhere to be found in the completed film. Heck, even the imagery of Stormtroopers patrolling in knee-deep water used in most of the poster and billboard advertising isn’t in the finished film.

The curious part of me wonders what Rogue One was like before the reshoots. What was changed in the process? We might not know the answers to these questions for a while, but I think, looking back at the marketing, that we can find some clues in the unused shots from the trailers. So join me as we adventure through the Rogue One trailers in an effort to decipher this mystery.
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Dunkirk Prologue IMAX Theaters

Millions will be headed to movie theaters this weekend to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Before the movie starts, trailers for some of the biggest blockbusters of 2017 will be played, but at select locations, audiences will be treated to a 5-minute prologue from Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming World War II drama Dunkirk.

Since most of Dunkirk was shot on 65mm IMAX cameras, Christopher Nolan is making this prologue only available in select IMAX theaters so it’s seen in the best format possible. If you’re not sure if your local IMAX theater is worthy of this honor, a full list of theaters playing the prologue around the world has been made available online.

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dunkirk trailer

The first teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s Dunkirk consisted of only a few shots, with one stand out in particular: a group of British soldiers looking skyward as the sounds of German planes grew louder and louder. It was a teaser in every sense of the word, existing merely to announce the film’s presence to general audiences. The newly arrived trailer (which arrives shortly after the first poster) for this World War II drama offers a bit more than that, offering a better look at what we can expect from movie.

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dunkirk poster

UPDATE: A second teaser poster has been released and we’ve added it below.

How about we imagine a modern movie poster? Close you eyes. Now conjure up the proper poster shape. That’s the blank canvas upon which we will mentally photoshop our eye-catching motion picture advertisement. Think hard. What do we need? How about text calling attention to the director’s past work? That’s good. That’s standard. That’s normal. But try a little harder. How about…a guy standing with his back to the viewer, looking upon a scene of epic destruction? There we go! And how about a bunch of smoke and debris to ensure that there is no corner of this one-sheet left untouched by grime!

Now open your eyes. You have seen the poster for Christopher Nolan‘s Dunkirk.

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afi awards

We’re in awards season, which means it’s the time of year when critics’ groups praise their favorites, top 10 lists are published, and words like “overrated” and “underrated” become overused. Awards season can lead to healthy or unnecessarily heated debates among film fans online. The AFI Awards 2016 Official Selections may cause a disagreement or two, especially since they awarded Mel Gibson‘s Hacksaw Ridge and Clint Eastwood‘s Sully, but they’ve also selected other titles that do represent the best of 2016.

Below, see which movies the AFI Awards honored for the 17th year of voting.

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christopher nolan imax
We have learned from multiple sources that a seven-minute prologue for Christopher Nolan‘s new film Dunkirk will play in front of select 70mm IMAX showings of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Hit the jump to learn more about the Dunkirk IMAX preview.

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bradley cooper world war ii movie

Gavin O’Connor has been lining up some good jobs lately. Not only was it recently announced he’s tackling The Green Hornet reboot, but he’s also working on a Netflix series from the creator of The Killing, plus a Ben Affleck and Matt Damon-produced film about Chuck Blazer and the FIFA soccer scandal. Adding to the pile of potential Gavin O’Connor projects is Atlantic Wall, a World War II drama set to star Bradley Cooper.

Below, learn more about the Bradley Cooper WWII movie.

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Steven Knight Interview

Screenwriter Steven Knight‘s latest film, Allied, has shootouts, impeccable costumes, exotic locations, and two appealing movie stars, but there’s a fine conflict to go along with all the eye candy. Over 30 years ago, Knight was inspired to one day write about a Canadian intelligence officer (Brad Pitt) who learns his wife, a former French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard), might be a spy for the Germans.

Allied is based on a true story Knight was told in his 20s, but his version of the story plays out differently. Knight took the premise he heard, ran with it, and turned it into the movie we see today. His script ended up in the hands of director Robert Zemeckis, who crafted some top-notch sequences in the film we recently asked Knight about.

The screenwriter behind Eastern PromisesDirty Pretty ThingsPeaky Blinders, and next year’s Taboo took the time to discuss setting up challenges for himself, directing, rules, and some of Allied‘s standout scenes.

Below, read our Steven Knight interview.

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rogue one music

Michael Giacchino had a tough job to do on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The composer behind UpLostStar Trek, and Doctor Strange only had four and a half weeks to write the score for director Gareth Edwards‘ upcoming war film. Giachinno replaced Academy Award-winning composer Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel) back in September, meaning there was no time to waste.

Below, Michael Giacchino discusses what to expect from his Rogue One music.

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