Star Wars: The Force Awakens was one of , so naturally, anticipation for the next film in the saga is at an all-time high. Set 34 years before the latest installment, Rogue One: A Star WarsStory follows a group of Rebel Alliance fighters on their mission to steal the plans for the original Death Star, kick-starting the events of the original and beloved trilogy.
The team behind the promo for Force Awakens refrained from including Luke Skywalker in the trailer to build anticipation to the max and history repeated itself again when , raising a number of in the final cut of the film.
Fans concerned that Anakin may not even appear in the franchise’s first standalone anthology film can rest easy; Entertainment Weekly has just released a magazine cover officially confirming that the Sith Lord will return to cinemas in Rogue One, 11 years after his last appearance in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith hit the big screen.
That’s not the only news though — The magazine cover also features characters Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), and droid K-250 (Alan Tudyk) standing in front of new Imperial weaponry that will be used against the Rebellion forces.
Fans willing to part with their pennies and actually buy the magazine can also read about the following Rogue One tidbits before anyone else;
New information about Jyn Erso (The Theory of Everything’s Felicity Jones), the outlaw who has clashed with both the Rebellion and the Empire, and now has a chance to clear her ledger of past wrongs by leading a mission for the good guys. It’s also personal – her father, played by Mads Mikkelson, is a scientist whose knowledge is sought by both sides.
Full details of the squad of characters uniting to take on the Empire, played by the most multicultural cast to appear in a Star Wars film yet: Diego Luna, Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Forest Whitaker, and Alan Tudyk – as a performance-capture droid. (One of these has been seen before by Star Wars fans.)
A look at the skullduggery inside the Imperial ranks, as seen through the eyes of a new villain: Ben Mendelsohn’s ambitious officer, who’s eager to earn the favor of the Emperor – and avoid the wrath of his black-masked enforcer.
Candid revelations from the filmmakers about what the current reshoots are adding to the story as the film nears its December release.
Finally, confirmation of what fans have hoped ever since the project was announced: Vader is back. We have a run-down of the Sith lord’s first day on set, and what his return means for the larger Star Wars storytelling universe.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits cinemas on December 16, 2016. Christmas has never felt so far away.
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