Just when you thought you were one with the Force you realise that the Bothans didn’t actually die for the original Death Star plans. Mon Mothma’s briefing with the Rebels in episode VI—you know, where she guilt-trips everyone about how all those Bothans died to secure the battle station plans—was actually in reference to the second Death Star. Bantha poodoo!
The Disney juggernaut, Lucasfilm, have released another official trailer for Rogue One, a Star Wars feature film. And it’s glorious.
When BSG hit TV screens in the late 2000s I craved a gritty episodic reimagining of Star Wars set somewhere in between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. The Outer Rim had its fair share of scum and villainy. I was always fond of the idea of following a team of amateur bounty hunters and smugglers as they chase contracts and play both sides of the Empire/Rebel dichotomy. Tonally, we would see a shift from the family-friendly space opera and something more serious, something more mature and different.
Well, Rogue One is looking pretty gritty without going full Zack-Snyder-dark-colour-palette-because-everything-has-to-be-washed-black-and-blue-to-be-gritty. Sure, there’s a bit of black and blue and grey in this Rogue One trailer but there is also a flourish of earthy browns, striking whites and other colours that just pop. And that’s the difference in visual styles between the DC cinematic universe, for instance, and Lucasfilm. Visually, Rogue One is sweet, sweet eye candy and very different to its predecessors. Exciting times indeed.
How will this ensemble cast perform together on the big screen? Will Ben Mendelsohn steal the show as the prim and proper Empire dude? Can Forest Whitaker escape being typecast as that weird detective character? Is Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) embarking on a suicide mission to bring glory to the Rebel Alliance? And will Tudyk successfully deliver the comic relief? All will be revealed this December.