As part of our special Rogue One double-issue, EW has spent the last two weeks delving into the first of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars spin-offs.
Expect more details of the Dec. 16 movie — as well as information on director Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII — later this month when the studio hosts its Star Wars Celebration fan event in London.
But for now, here’s a complete rundown of all our coverage of Rogue One so far, starting with our cover reveal, character descriptions and new photos, and working our way into the behind-the-scenes details of how they’re approaching the reshoots currently underway.
Before Luke fired the blast that detonated the Death Star, before Leia launched R2-D2 to a remote desert world with secret plans for that battle station, someone had to locate and steal those schematics. Turns out, it was a team effort.
Who are Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, K-2SO, and the white-clad villain known as Director Krennic?
Deathtroopers storming the beach, a crashed X-Wing fighter, Rebels bracing for battle … and a mysterious toy stormtrooper.
Cue the heavy breathing. Darth Vader is alive, angry, and merciless. EW confirmed the Sith lord will be back at the height of his powers in Rogue One, which takes place just prior to the events of 1977’s original Star Wars.
This shadowy freedom-fighter is Saw Gerrera, first seen in season 5 of The Clone Wars animated series. He’s a Rebel soldier so extreme the others aren’t sure he’s really a good guy.
“A film is a very creative, organic process, and it evolves over time,” director Gareth Edwards says. “There’s no right or wrong. There’s just ‘better’ and ‘best,’ and with Star Wars, nothing but the best is going to do. So we’re just putting a lot of pressure on ourselves until the very end, making this the greatest film it can be.”
She delivered the pilot briefing in Return of the Jedi about the second Death Star, ending with the ominous line: “Many Bothans died to bring us this information.” In Rogue One, Mothma plays a pivotal role in bringing about the destruction of the first Death Star, too.
Lucasfilm’s upcoming stand-alone movies are meant to be distinctive from the trilogy sagas, so the makers of the first one — Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — are trying to figure out how many traditional elements should be retained.
For those looking to immerse themselves further (or re-wallpaper their phone, laptop, or tablet), we present the images again in larger format.
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