News on Star Wars: Rogue One had been relatively dormant for quite a while. That is, until a couple of weeks ago, when the first supposed plot details, character descriptions, and a possible cameo by none-other than Han Solo were revealed. Given that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already been given center stage (though it still continues to impress at the box office), it seems the time has finally come for Rogue One to have a chance in the spotlight.
While The Force Awakens combined both the old and the new to create a film that both appealed to the nostalgia of fans as well as brought something fresh to the table, Rogue One will more likely focus on the old — mostly because it takes place earlier in Star Wars history. In fact, Rogue One is set before the events of the Original Trilogy, as it will center on the band of rebels who stole the Death Star plans and propelled their mission of taking down the Empire forward.
Due to the fact that it takes place only a short time before A New Hope, it’s expected that Rogue One will feature a few cameos from notable Star Wars characters — namely Darth Vader (who may have a more substantial role than initially expected) and Boba Fett. It seems those two characters won’t be the only two elements from the Original Trilogy to appear in Rogue One. According to the latest rumors from Making Star Wars, which claim — among other things — that Felicity Jones and Diego Luna will star in a sequence that pays homage to the iconic scene from A New Hope in which Han and Luke go into disguise as Stormtroopers.
However, while the premise may be somewhat similar, there is a small but significant difference in their respective disguises. Instead of dressing up as Stormtroopers, Felicity Jones will don the apparel of an Imperial Gunner, while Diego Luna put on the attire of an Imperial Commander. Of course, one should take caution as this is nowhere near confirmed. However, assuming that it’s true, this rumored scenario would be both a brilliant way to call back to the Original Trilogy while also putting a unique spin on the situation.
In addition, the report also went onto note more details about Alan Tudyk’s character in particular. The character is said to somehow be “more than a droid,” while also being “a commando droid” that “looks really cool.” Of course, the preceding sentence could be taken as being seemingly contradictory, but it appears that while Tudyk will be playing a droid character, that specific droid will be more complex than the others we have already seen in the Star Wars universe.
The report also goes on to give a few codenames being used for the characters in the production of Rogue One. Felicity Jones’ character is said to be codenamed Green Seal Leader, Jiang Wen’s is Seal Communicator Blue, Forest Whitaker’s is Eel Commander, and Alan Tudyk’s is Seal Droid. Additionally, the report also claims that all of the villainous characters “have codenames related to sharks.”
Again, before taking this as fact, bear in mind that none of this is confirmed. Even then, it’s possible that this is not actually what the characters are referred to as in the film itself. Remember, during the production of The Force Awakens, Daisy Ridley’s character was referred to as Kira, but we later found out that her actual name in the film was Rey. It seems this may be a similar situation, although given that these appear to be actual military-esque codenames, perhaps it’s not the same situation.
If the latter happens to be the case, then the codenames above are a quick and easy way of both making characters’ allegiances clear and also denoting their ranks in their respective groups. It’s hard to know whether these will be their actual codenames in the film, although fans will probably not have to wait too long to find out either way, as the first trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One is rumored to be premiering alongside Captain America: Civil War this May.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released on December 16th, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017 andd the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by a third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Some interesting images Star Wars: The Force Awakens images have surfaced which give us new look at the cast of characters, including Rey, Poe, BB-8, Chewbacca, Leia and Han Solo, as well as an epic new shot of General Hux, Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma on the bridge of the Finalizer Star Destroyer.
BB-8 and Rey witnessing the First Order arriving for the Battle of Takodana.
Rey with what looks like a Rebel X-Wing Pilot’s helmet at her side next to a downed AT-AT Walker from the Battle of Jakku.
General Hux, Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma on the bridge of the Finalizer Star Destroyer.
Also released is this new BB-8 Poster to sit alongside the recently released Poe Dameron Poster.
Check out these new Star Wars: The Force Awakens posters which Lucasfilm and Disney have just released, it’s a fantastic series of new character posters which feature Han Solo, Princess Leia, Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren. The one of Han Solo with the old man stubble is so authentic of the character, and the Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia is pretty awesome…“When 59 years old, I reach… Look as good, I will not.” she looks so radiant.
Having said all that, if they had just released a single character poster of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, can you imagine the hype they would have created.
The symmetry in all the posters is also a lovely touch, especially Rey, Finn and Kylo’s
…which one’s your favourite?
The Finalizer | First Order Star Destroyer
You’ve got to admire the Galatic Empire when it comes to the sheer size of a their spaceships, nothing really comes close to what they can produce, and even though the Death Star was perhaps their largest piece of weaponry, the Star Destroyer and Super Star Destroyer was in a class of space ships all on own, even from that iconic opening scene from Star Wars A New Hope, it was the sheer physical size and length of those ships that was so incredible. Now it seems The First Order has returned with its own Super Star Destroyer…The Finalizer, which is essentially another floating empire cruising craft travelling around space carrying around the First Order’s equipment, personnel, weapons, fighters, including Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle and his army of ruthless Stormtroopers. Although the Finalizer may not look to be very nimble, don’t let its massive size fool you. On close inspection of this new Hi-Res image, it shows it’s covered with a vast battery of cannons that will annihilate any incoming resistance enemy craft before they can get close enough to even take a pot shot. This looks to be one spaceship that will require more than brute force to eliminate.
First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter
Like the X-Wing Starfighter was the main staple craft for the Rebel Alliance’s army, so was the TIE Fighter in the Empire’s army. So it seems assumed that the First Order is quite well equipt with this new Special Forces version of the TIE Fighter, and with many upgrades, although It’s unknown exactly what those upgrades will be, but speculation includes the addition of more armor, better laser cannons and increased maneuverability to make this ship more powerful and therefore on par to go one-on-one with the new T-70 X-Wing Starfighter which we talk about later.
Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle
One of the newest, and arguably the coolest-looking bad guys in the Star Wars Universe is Kylo Ren. It’s clear he has some background with The Force with him being part of the Knights of Ren. However, it’s obvious while he’s wielding his cross-guard lightsaber that he intends to destroy all the Resistance in his path and perhaps his actions are guided by the Supreme Leader Snoke.
Regardless, like most vehicles in the Galactic Empire’s arsenal, Ren’s shuttle is dark and menacing, with many sharp angular edges making up its form, as opposed to the smoother look of the other ships in the universe. When someone in the galaxy sees one of these ships approaching, they know that no good can come from it.
Poe Dameron’s Black Squadron T-70 X-Wing
What a beautiful sleek design this ship is, it was Ralph McQuarrie’s original concept to have a ‘split’ dual engine X-Wing, and although not much is known about Poe Dameron, this highly skilled fighter pilot for The Resistance and leader of these elite squadron of T-70 X-Wing fighters called the “Black Squadron,” …rest assured this new X-Wing fighter will do the job nicely, especially with the new astromech droid BB-8 onboard as Poe’s X-Wing copilot.
McQuarrie’s designs developed from the twin to into the quad engine T-65 X-Wing Starfighter as we know it, which were the main ships used by the Rebel Alliance’s army in the first trilogy, and a ship so important to the story that without one, Luke wouldn’t have been able to take down the Death Star, so it’s no surprise to see this classic ship returns in Episode 7 as the upgraded T-70, and from some of the promotional material, it’s packs some added missile firepower, also with the reduction in engine size will make the aesthetics of this new ship very different to dog-fight against.