Yeah yeah yeah. The last Star Wars live action spin-off was Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. In 1985. So, does this signal Disney taking the lead and getting more Star Wars stories out there? Well, if the trailer for Rogue One is any indication, I welcome our new Disney overlords. From the official Star Wars Twitter account:
A band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans in ‘Star Wars’ anthology film, Rogue One
The trailer shows Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) as Jyn Erso, a young woman fighting on the side of the Rebellion. But she’s a loose cannon; think Han Solo with a touch of Rey. Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, and Genevieve O’Reilly (as a younger Mon Mothma) are also prominent in the trailer, but there’s a guy with a badass cape that could be Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal), though Ben Mendelsohn is shown wearing that same cape/lando style in the trailer. But I’m hoping it’s a Mads walkaway shot. Yay!
Word on the street is that Alan Tudyk (Firefly) will be playing a motion-capture character…and damn if you’ll get any info from IMDb. But that’s just the way I like my Star Wars info; thin on plot details, but rich in set design and general awesomeness.
Only one problem; as we all know, Mon Mothma tells the rebels “Many Bothans died to bring us this information” on the Death Star II. So thought we’re dealing with the original Death Star in Rogue One, I’m betting that we’ll see heavy casualties here as well. Maybe bring a hankie? I know I will. Just in case.
Rogue One comes into our galaxy December 16th, 2016.