With the theatrical release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story right around the corner, anticipation for the spinoff film has reached a fever pitch. Moviegoers in the United States will finally be able to pre-order their tickets on Monday, November 28, and judging by the first box office projections, many people are planning on being there opening weekend. While several viewers already know where they will be on December 16, 2016, the one question that hasn’t been answered yet is how much time they’ll have to set aside to watch the movie.
Back in October, it was rumored that the film would run for 133 minutes, which is 2 hours, 13 minutes. That’s in line with the previous installments in the franchise, but since it wasn’t officially stated by the studio, some believed it could have been a placeholder. Now, Lucasfilm has weighed in on the matter, essentially confirming what has been said before.
The studio’s creative/story development executive Pablo Hidalgo was asked about Rogue One‘s length on Twitter. When told about the previously reported runtime, he had this to say:
@AloBrickfilm2 That sounds about right.— Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) November 26, 2016
So now fans know they should expect a feature that’s 133 minutes. For comparison’s sake, that’s just three minutes shorter than Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a little longer than the three entries in the classic trilogy. Even though Rogue One has a lot on its plate, this should still be plenty of time for director Gareth Edwards to tell the story. Episode VII had an arguably harder task and accomplished everything it set out to do in basically the same span. It’s true that a bevy of new characters will be introduced in Rogue One, but 2 hours, 13 minutes will conceivably give everyone in the ensemble a chance to leave an impression.
With the runtime locked in and the world premiere date set, there isn’t much else Lucasfilm can do in preparation for their latest tentpole. The marketing campaign has been highly visible and done a great job of generating buzz and excitement. Still, with a little under three weeks to go, there are still opportunities for more promotional items. The El Capitan Theater in Hollywood just unveiled their exclusive one-sheet (hat tip LA Times). The first 1,000 people to buy tickets at the location will receive a poster. Check it out below:
The design is certainly one of the more eye-catching in all of the Rogue One posters revealed to date, highlighting the movie’s main themes. Once again, the tagline “A Rebellion built on hope,” is used with Jyn Erso and members of her team placed inside the word “hope,” which is seen here in an ultra-stylized font. There isn’t much to it, but sometimes less is more when it comes to posters. Collectors and fans have long preferred minimalist artwork to some of the theatrical one-sheets that cram as many characters into a small space as possible. Some may enjoy hanging this on their wall.
Now all that’s left is to see if Rogue One can live up to the hype and continue the Star Wars resurgence. There’s a considerable amount of pressure on it to perform strongly, given that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently said that the post-Episode IX landscape of the franchise could be exclusively standalones. For that to happen, the first one needs to come storming out of the gate. Fortunately, Rogue One looks like it will deliver another memorable journey to the galaxy far, far away.