Rogue One Footage Reactions

In this edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • White supremacists are calling for a boycott of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
  • Veteran Star Wars voice actor Stephen Stanton has a role in Rogue One.
  • A new TV spot reveals a Star Wars Rebels cameo.
  • Another new TV spot shows off a bunch of action.
  • There is now an X-Wing parked in Hollywood for the Rogue One premiere.
  • Gareth Edwards and Riz Ahmed talk about those reshoots.
  • The full tracklist for Michael Giacchino‘s soundtrack has been released.
  • And more!

I’m of the opinion that if Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and members of the “alt-right” (AKA, white supremacist Neo-Nazis) want to boycott your product, you are doing something right. So good for you, Rogue One – you’ve got the white nationalists all riled up and writing angry Reddit posts about organizing boycotts of the most popular movie series of all time. Maybe it will be like that time they organized a boycott of Broadway’s Hamilton, only for that show to celebrate its best week yet.

If you want to actually read some loathsome comments by disgusting racists about how a multicultural Rebel Alliance team led by a woman is a bad thing, Raw Story has compiled the relevant information. All I can say is that Star Wars has always been about the battle against fascism and authoritarian rule and to pretend otherwise is to miss the point. People who willfully ignore that so they can be racist and misogynistic while still liking Star Wars are (and this is the purely scientific word) tools. If there’s one thing I learned from the Rogue One interviews I ran earlier this week, it’s that everyone involved in the film is proud of its multicultural cast and that yes, it’s no accident that the evil Empire reflects Nazi imagery. Boycott away. No one is going to miss you.

In more cheerful news, actor Stephen Stanton has revealed that he provides the voice for Admiral Raddus, the Mon Calimari commander working with the Rebel Alliance. While we don’t know much about the character (other than him resembling an alien frog version of Winston Churchill), we do know a lot of about Stanton, who has voiced Wilhuff Tarkin, Mas Amedda, Moralo Eval, Meebur Gascon and other characters on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.

First of all, here’s the latest TV spot for Rogue One. It’s about 12 seconds long. Ah, remember the good ‘ol days when we were ecstatic about any footage from this movie?

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However, the real story here is that the shot of the Rebel fleet amassing above Scarif features a tiny cameo from a familiar ship. Look to the bottom right of the frame and you’ll find the Ghost, the ship crewed by the cast of television’s Star Wars Rebels. Star Wars News Net reports that Rogue One‘s visual effects supervisor (and story creator) John Knoll initially pitched that the crew of the Ghost should be present for this decisive battle.

For a slightly meatier TV spot, there’s this 30-second preview, which leans very heavily on Rogue One‘s gigantic set pieces. There isn’t a lot of new footage, but you should show this to anyone that is inexplicably worried that this movie won’t feature enough action.

Rogue One A Star Wars Story Wen Jiang as Baze Malbus and Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe.jpg

Jedi News has the details on a recent American Society of Cinematography – Coffee and Conversation event with Rogue One director of photography Greig Fraser, who spoke about being able to “light in 3D” thanks to pre-vis and how they utilized 360 degree sets to have total freedom while filming. You can read everything at the link above.

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