Darth Vader Rogue One rumor

Who Is the Bad Guy?

We have been told that Ben Mendelsohn is expected to be playing a villain of some kind. We don’t know the film’s main antagonist yet, but it’s been reported that Darth Vader will make some sort of appearance in the film.

Darth Vader will appear in Rogue One, but he will not be the film’s main antagonist. According to the rumors, the Sith lord will “be working behind the scenes, pulling strings and will appear onscreen” … “via viewscreen or holo projection or something.” Its also been rumored that James Earl Jones will return to speak Darth Vader’s lines

Who will be the villain in Star Wars: Rogue One? We don’t know. The prime suspect from Star Wars canon would be Grand Moff Tarkin, the commander of the fully operational Death Star from Star Wars: A New Hope. There is always the possibility that the villain will be someone we’ve never seen or heard of before.

We might see some version of Shadow Stormtroopers in the spin-off. They may not be called that, but apparently there have been some black Stormtroopers with silver eyepieces spotted on set.

Han Solo shortlist

Will Han Solo Appear in the Film?

When we broke the news of what Rogue One would be about, one detail we reported didn’t make much sense: we were told that the Millennium Falcon, but probably not Han Solo, would play a role in the story. Filming has completed on Rogue One, and the trades are now reporting on who might be playing Han Solo in the Phil Lord/Chris Miller film.

But isn’t it a little early to cast for a film that is that far out? Even the trades have heard a rumor that the casting might be required as Han Solo could play a very small role in Rogue One. Of course, Rogue One, as far as we know, takes place just before A New Hope, so Han Solo wouldn’t look too much younger than he does in that film.

Gareth Edwards Used VR to Help Visualize Rogue One

ILMxLab, the VR and augmented reality think-tank from Industrial Light & Magic has been involved in the development of Rogue One. Director Gareth Edwards has been using an xLab Oculus Rift set-up to help design Star Wars: Rogue One.

“He was in virtual reality for the first time,” said Lucasfilm’s head of New Media, Rob Bredow. “When he, two minutes into having the headset on, referred to it as ‘real life,’ I was like, ‘okay, we’re on to something here.’”

Arri Alexa 65 camera.

What Format Did the Film Shoot On?

While the new Star Wars saga films have been shooting on 35mm film (with a 70mm IMAX sequence), Rogue One‘s director of photography Greig Fraser filmed at least some sequences with a brand new, 6K resolution Arri Alexa 65 camera. And the DP also used some of the brand new, 70mm lenses Panavision created for Quentin Tarantino for The Hateful Eight. Here is a quick primer from our previous piece on the topic:

The advantage of 65mm film and large-format IMAX film is that there is a larger surface area to capture the image, resulting is finer and more detailed footage. The Alexa 65 is an attempt to create a digital camera that has the same effect, but with all the advantages of digital.  The Ultra Panavision 70 lenses used by Robert Richardson on The Hateful Eight yield an extremely wide aspect ratio of 2.76:1 when used with a 65mm capture area, which is wider than the widest standard anamorphic widescreen ratio of 2.39:1.

Alexandre Desplat

Who Will Score Rogue One?

Star Wars franchise composer John Williams will not be composing the score for the Star Wars spin-offs. Instead, Academy Award winner Alexandre Desplat will compose the score for Star Wars Rogue One.

Desplat won his first Oscar for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, although he was also nominated this year for his work on The Imitation Game. His credits include Argo, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The King’s Speech, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Queen and Zero Dark Thirty.

Yavin 4

How About Set Photos?

During the filming, a bunch of set photos from Star Wars: Rogue One have hit the web from Cardington. None of the set photos reveal anything big storewide — we’ve seen practically built New Hope era X-Wings and a stone wall with vines which call back to Yavin 4. You can see the set photos here, herehere, here, and here.

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Where Did Rogue One Film?

Rogue One began filming on July 1st, 2015 and concluded their filming the same day that Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters in mid-December 2015.

Lucasfilm and Disney have a very long deal with Pinewood to film most of the upcoming Star Wars films in London, and Rogue One was one of the movies that shot at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, in Buckinghamshire, England, UK.

We also know they filmed at Mýrdalssandur beach in southern Iceland, specifically, “by the mountains Hjörleifshöfði and Hafursey, east of the village of Vík,” which is known for its black sand beaches. Also at Pymmes Park in Edmonton, London; RAF Cardington; and Laamu Atoll, an archipelago nation located in the Republic of Maldives (which might look like a gorgeous tropical island).

Star Wars Rogue One plot

When Will We See the First Real Trailer?

Rumor has it the first official trailer will play in front of Captain America: Civil War, which is another Disney release. And it certainly helps that both Civil War and Rogue One are IMAX releases, as IMAX movies typically have only trailers for other IMAX movies attached to them (at least on IMAX screens).

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