Posted on Friday, December 9th, 2016 by Angie Han
Thanks to all the trailers, clips, photos, and featurettes released so far, we know very well what Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will look like. But what will it sound like? We’d be excited to hear new Star Wars music under any circumstance, but we’ve been especially curious about Rogue One because it’s the very first Star Wars film not to be scored by John Williams. Instead, Michael Giacchino is stepping into that role — and he’s got a tough balance to strike, trying to meld the familiar and the new.
Obviously, we won’t know for sure how his efforts panned out until Rogue One opens next weekend. But we do have a little taste of his work to share today. The first two snippets of Giacchino’s Rogue One score have been released, and you can hear them below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Monday, December 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
Working on a Star Wars movie would be a dream come true for most filmmakers, so when Gareth Edwards had the chance to helm Rogue One he made the most of it. We’ve already shared our chat with Edwards, where he told us about all the big ways he tried to make Rogue One his own, but here we’re talking about the little things he did to get the full experience. Like leaving his mark on Industrial Light & Magic through a bunch of jokey “notes” on the Rogue One poster, and smuggling out a little memento for himself of his time on set. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 5th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Gareth Edwards looks tired.
It’s the kind of fatigue you see on the faces of filmmakers after they’ve put the finishing touches on major motion pictures and have to summon a second (third? fourth?) wind to survive the press cycle. A stiff breeze could knock him over. But the director of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is smart and alert and clearly as much in love with George Lucas’ classic science fiction universe now as he was when he first signed to to make Lucasfilm’s first Star Wars spin-off movie. He’s also the kind of filmmaker who is comfortable naming The Battle of Algiers as an influence on his space opera.
I spoke with Edwards the day after watching 28 minutes of Rogue One and the director of (the wonderful) Monsters and (the divisive but brilliant) Godzilla shared his thoughts on moving from the independent realm to the world of blockbusters, why Star Wars still matters, and how the war-torn fictional moon of Jedha is like Nazi-occupied France.
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Posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
Although Rogue One mostly focuses on a group of heroes and villains we’ve never seen before, it’s no secret that we can expect some familiar faces to crop up as well. Darth Vader has been heavily featured in the marketing, and it looks like we can expect appearances by Mon Mothma, Bail Organa, and Wilhuff Tarkin as well. But is that all? Might we see the likes of Princess Leia or R2-D2 interacting with these characters? Director Gareth Edwards was posed that question in a recent interview. Find out what he had to say. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 »
Posted on Monday, November 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
If you’re like us, there’s a good chance you’re feeling a bit groggy this morning after staying up late to snag tickets to the opening weekend of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. You don’t need another TV spot to tell you if you should see this movie, because you’ve already committed your hard-earned cash to it. But maybe you’d like to know a bit more about what, exactly, it is that you’ve bought.
A new Rogue One TV spot offers another taste of the next entry in the franchise. Which, despite being billed as a spinoff and featuring a largely unfamiliar cast of characters, boasts plenty of connections to the original Star Wars movies. Like the villains. We’ve known for some time that Darth Vader would make an appearance in the film, but the newest promo teases the return of another classic baddie as well. Click through to watch the latest Rogue One TV spot. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
In many ways, Rogue One is different from all the other Star Wars movies. It’s the first spinoff, centered on a bunch of characters we’ve never heard of before and may never hear about again. It’s the first without an opening crawl and the first without a John Williams score. It’s described as a “darker” affair, more akin to a war drama than a lively space adventure.
But one way Rogue One is like every other Star Wars movie before it? It’s expected to make tons and tons of money. Early Rogue One box office tracking suggests it’ll open to about $130 million domestically, which would make it the second-highest December debut of all time — behind The Force Awakens, of course. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
More than three decades after he first appeared in Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi, Warwick Davis has returned to the galaxy far, far away for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. But he’s not playing Wicket this time, or even any of his Phantom Menace characters. Instead, he’s portraying someone entirely new. To get your first look at the Warwick Davis Rogue One character, click on through. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 7th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
We’re a little more than a month away from the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which means we’ve officially moved out of the “Every Trailer Is a Special Event!” phase and into the “Let’s Blanket the World With TV Spots Because Normal People Need to Know About This Movie Too!” phase. However, this phase also includes a new batch of cool images taken on the Rogue One set, showing practical locations, actors in alien costumes, and some old school special effects being filmed.
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