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Earlier this week, we learned that Jyn Erso’s backstory would be explored in a new YA novel. And today we have yet another bit of Rogue One prequel news. Lucasfilm has announced that Chirut Imwe and Baze Malbus (played by Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen respectively in the film) will be getting their own standalone prequel novel titled Guardians of the Whills. Learn more after the jump.
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Rogue One Deleted Scene Images

In the 18 days that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was in theaters in 2016, the movie rounded up enough box office dollars to be the second highest grossing movie of the year. That’s most impressive, even if it’s not entirely unexpected from a Star Wars movie, and with more money pouring in everyday, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we’re still learning new things about the movie whose production has been under a microscope ever since extensive reshoots were done last summer.

Following recent details on which scenes were reshoots, and how a unique pre-production process created a cut of Rogue One composed of footage from other movies, a whole slew of new photos from the set have been revealed, showing off more of the deleted scenes that fans like us are so desperate to know about. There’s one shot in particular that makes me wonder just what the scene in question would have entailed.

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At a time when the Chinese box office is powerful enough to prop up even films that do terribly at home (see: Warcraft), studios have gone to all sorts of lengths to attract that audience. In the case of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it definitely helps that they’ve cast two of the country’s biggest stars, Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen, in key roles. Naturally, then, those two are getting a lot of attention in the run-up to the film’s release in China.

Yen and Jiang, who play Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus in the movie, get a good chunk of screentime in the new Rogue One Chinese trailer, which also announces the film’s Chinese release date. The Force Awakens faced an uphill climb in the country earlier this year, but with these guys on board, maybe Rogue One will have better luck. Watch the Rogue One Chinese trailer below.

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As we saw last year with The Force Awakens, the Star Wars marketing team knows how to reveal tons of imagery, footage, and juicy detail without giving away much at all. Now, as Rogue One enters the final weeks of its promotional campaign, it seems to be sticking to a similar formula of intense secrecy combined with total ubiquity. You can’t throw a rock these days without hitting yet another new Rogue One TV spot or specialty poster or cast interview, and yet I’m feeling pretty confident that we can trust Disney not to “spoil” anything significant. Your mileage may vary, of course.

Which brings us to Disney’s latest volley in their relentless campaign for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The studio’s unveiled a whole bunch of hi-res Rogue One images, some of which are just higher-quality versions of photos we’ve already seen and others of which appear to be completely new. Either way, you can probably rest assured you’re in good hands with Disney. At least unless you’re the kind of spoilerphobe who’s sworn off all Rogue One marketing already, in which case you’ve probably already scrolled past this post. See the new Rogue One images below. Read More »

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Walt Disney Pictures have released a set of character posters for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The posters take a close-up look at the 8 main characters in this first Star Wars standalone movie. Hit the jump to see the Rogue One character posters.
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China Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The reaction to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in China is apparently mixed. So who is the world’s second-largest film market not excited for this new Star Wars movie?

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rogue one trailer breakdown

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been flying under the radar, waiting for everyone to fully exhaust themselves on Star Wars: The Force Awakens before revealing itself. And oh boy, has it revealed itself. The first trailer is here and it’s a doozy, filled with all kinds of incredible imagery, promising characters, and, for the lack of a more elegant phrase, really cool stuff. And you know what that means – it’s time for a frame-by-frame trailer breakdown.

One word of warning: this article will dive into various internet rumors that have circulated this project for the past year. Some may be true. Some may not. I recommend bringing a pinch of salt along for this particular journey. If you want to know nothing about the film, you should probably turn around now.

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Over the weekend, one of the reveals from Disney’s D23 Expo 2015 was the first photo of the primary cast from Star Wars: Rogue One, giving us a good first look at the s about a band of rebels tasked with stealing the plans to the first Death Star.

Now that a super high-resolution version of the photo has hit the web, fans are noticing some cool details in the photo, mostly with the costumes and props of the pictured cast, which includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.

In fact, one particular cast member’s appearance has sparked a very interesting  theory, albeit one without much substantial evidence. Some believe that we’ll see Diego Luna as Biggs Darklighter in the movie. Read More »

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Gareth EdwardsStar Wars: Rogue One is still over a year away, but thanks to D23 we have a tantalizing taste of the upcoming film today.

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As this winter’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens spills new details about its characters, next year’s Star Wars: Rogue One is still collecting its own. Chinese actor Jiang Wen is reported to be the latest addition to the cast, joining Felicity Jones. Gareth Edwards is directing. More details on the Rogue One Jiang Wen casting after the jump.  Read More »