rogue one bits

The trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has arrived and with it, a massive deluge of new stories and details and tidbits worth discussing. In today’s Rogue One Bits:

  • Everyone with a remote connection to Star Wars had something to tweet about the Rogue One trailer.
  • Who is playing Darth Vader in Rogue One?
  • The name of Diego Luna‘s character has maybe, possibly, been revealed.
  • Lucasfilm reveals the first Rogue One teaser poster.
  • Is Alexandre Desplat still scoring Rogue One?
  • Felicity Jones introduces the next phase of the Star Wars: Force For Change campaign.
  • The Rogue One creative team are judges in this year’s fan film awards.
  • The story of the Death Star’s original, non-canon designer.
  • Take a look at the first Rogue One product packaging.
  • Ane more!

When the trailer for Rogue One first hit, many artists found themselves inspired by the imagery in Gareth Edwards‘ film and quickly put pen to paper (or cursor to Photoshop). The result was a deluge of fan-art celebrating the film, despite only knowing the bare minimum about it. That’s the power of a strong trailer. Anyway, that poster above is the work of Phil Noto, the acclaimed comic artist who drew Marvel’s Chewbacca miniseries and is currently lending his pencil to the new Poe Dameron miniseries.

The brilliant poster and comic book artist Francesco Francavilla also turned in some art, placing all of the focus on Felicity Jones’ rebel soldier Jyn Erso and her badass lady-Han-Solo look. Not everyone can pull off a scarf in wartime, you know.

Comic book writer/artist Michael Regina also whipped up his own version of Jyn Erso, focusing on the final shot of her in the trailer, where she’s wearing an Imperial uniform for reasons unknown.

While we’re sharing tweets, Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta shared images of Mon Mothma throughout the ages. From left to right: Genevieve O’Reilly as the future Rebel Alliance leader in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, O’Reilly reprising the role in Rogue One, and Caroline Blakiston initially breathing life into the character in 1983’s Return of the Jedi.

Whitta hasn’t even tried to hide his enthusiasm for this film. Can you blame him?

Many members of the extended Star Wars family also shared their positive feelings about the film. Star Wars: Episode 8 director Rian Johnson seemed awfully excited and recalled the past work of the film’s brilliant director of photography Greig Fraser.

Star Wars Rebels mastermind Dave Filoni also chimed in with his support, although you know he’s secretly sweating how the continuity between his show and this film will have to eventually line up.

Chewbacca himself Peter Mayhew shared the trailer with his followers…

…as did Mark Hamill, who couldn’t resist the opportunity to crack a joke about his lack of screen time in The Force Awakens.

The award for Best Rogue One Tweet goes to director Chris Miller, who is currently preparing to shoot that Han Solo spin-off movie with his partner-in-crime Phil Lord. This duo also directed The LEGO Movie, which makes this joke all the better.

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