Star Wars Rogue One - Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, K-2SO

Early tracking suggests that Rogue One will open with $130 million at the domestic box office, but Deadline reports that the international opening weekend will probably end up somewhere between $280 million and $350 million. That’s not as large as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but no one ever expected it to match those numbers. And anyway, who is going to turn their nose up at $350 million in a just a few days?

darth vader rogue one has a wonderful little conversation with John Knoll, who worked as a visual effects supervisor on Rogue One and pitched the original story concept for the film. The focus of their article is on Darth Vader’s costume and how they tried to smooth out certain rough edges while maintaining the look of his suit as seen in the original Star Wars:

If you look in New Hope, especially that white corridor scene at the beginning, you can see all these smudges and all these fingerprints on there because it was cast from a clay sculpt. Then by the time we got to Empire Strikes Back, they made a new one that was really polished and smooth and shiny and perfect. The chest plate is different in every film. […] We matched more what the chest plate looked like in Episode IV, but a little bit more of the high polish that’s in Episode V.

Knoll also explains that Darth Vader certainly has more than one set of clothing, so it’s totally okay that not everything lines up:

I figure he’s got more than one version of those outfits. The reason the armor looks a little grungier and dented up in A New Hope is you’re not going to wear your nice armor into battle. You’re gonna wear your beater armor into battle. Then, if you’re going to go talk to the Emperor or something, you put on the nice shiny one, show some respect.

Great…now all I can picture is a naked Darth Vader wandering his closet and trying to decide which set of black, life-saving suit he’d like to wear today.

And if you have an hour or so to kill, a whole bunch of spoiler-free video interviews with the cast and crew of Rogue One have made their way online. Enjoy.

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