The official novelization of Rogue One from Del Rey and author Alexander Freed was originally set to arrive in ebook form on December 16, 2016, the same day as the film hits theaters, with hardcover copies not hitting stores until January 3, 2017. However, there’s been a change of plans: the ebook will still arrive with the movie, but the hardcover will now be available on December 20, 2016, just four days later. It’s not clear why this change was made, but if you’re a luddite like me who still clings to his physical books because actually holding an object and flipping through paper pages is something you continue to value, this is good news.


A little while back, we learned the name of that Mon Calamari commander glimpsed in snippets of Rogue One footage: Admiral Raddus. And if you took a look at him and wondered if he looked a bit like a certain iconic world leader, Neal Scanlan (film’s creature effects supervisor) says you’re right on target:

In Rogue One, we’ll see other military leaders from this species, including the black-hued figure above – Admiral Raddus. His inspiration was the Prime Minster of the United Kingdom during World War II. The British Bulldog himself.

“We always tried to find a real world example of who these creatures may be, and in this case we used Churchill,” says Neal Scanlan, creature effects supervisor for the Star Wars franchise. “Admiral Raddus is a very strong figure. We would use [Churchill] not only as visual reference for his physical features, but also when it came to performing him and expressing him through the actor.”

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Empire Magazine has revealed its exclusive subscribers-only Rogue One cover, which eschews familiar images of the characters in favor of a look at what actually drives the film’s plot: those top secret Death Star plans. The issue (which will have a different cover on newsstands and in stores) will be available on November 24.

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Although George Lucas didn’t have a creative role in Rogue One, he did visit the design department and his opinions were valued by everyone there. As Gareth Edwards noted to Total Film:

It was clear from the beginning to Edwards that “whatever [Lucas] liked was pretty much guaranteed to be in the film,” as you would expect when the creator of a franchise which has gripped the imaginations of millions takes a tour around the Rogue One design department.

Edwards says that sitting in the department was “a helmet we loved but didn’t know where to put it; there wasn’t really an opportunity to use it.” But when Lucas was given a tour of the design department, the father of Star Wars “walked past it and went ‘That’s cool, I like that.'”

Gareth Edwards and his niece Ella are the subjects of a new video in support of ASSERT (Angelman Syndrome Support Education & Research Trust), a UK-based organization dedicated to supporting the families of children with Angelman disorder. The video is sweet and informative and you should watch it just because you’re a good person. However, it also features a lot of behind-the-scenes footage, including glimpses of Admiral Raddus, Bistan (AKA, the “space monkey”), and two Rebel pilots who look an awful lot like Biggs and Porkins.

I’m currently reading Star Wars: Catalyst and working on my own article about the novel and what it reveals about the characters who will soon debut in Rogue One, but if you want to know more right now and don’t want to pick up the book for yourself, Star Wars Explained has got you covered.

And if you require additional information, Star Wars Explained has an additional video detailing 51 facts pulled from the book.

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