The veil of secrecy around Disney and Lucasfilm’s latest opus, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has kept the bulk of the plot under wraps thus far. Nevertheless, fans have managed to glean a little bit about the first Anthology film. The Mouse House has released a few glimpses at their standalone, including a couple of trailers, some stills, peripherals like novels, and, of course, the latest round of toys and merchandise.
Since its early days, Star Wars artwork has always been an iconic part of its legacy. The franchise certainly embodies a style and look that is instantly recognizable, one which it continues to use for its latest outing.
The latest look at the upcoming Rogue One comes from some fresh artwork released from Pyramid International (hat tip Comic Book). Two of the vibrant pieces feature new heroine Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones). In the first, the reluctant rebel gets a classical Star Wars poster pose, blaster in hand, with swooping X-Wings in the foreground; the second shows her silhouetted and pensive in contrast to the Death Star and several formations of X-Wings. The artwork also gives fans another look at everyone's favorite guest-starring Sith Lord, framed by the eerie red planet smasher (vaguely reminiscent of his grandson's own world-rending moment from Star Wars: The Force Awakens).
Other posters highlight Erso's cohorts and allies, including a group shot of the ragtag rogues. Rebel droid ally K-2S0 (Alan Tudyk) also gets a piece all his own, with a conjoined Rebel/Imperial logo highlighting his shifting allegiances in the film. Not to be outdone, the Imperials also get their due in the latest selection, as fans are treated to new prints of the intimidating Deathtroopers staging their beachfront landing. The franchise's classic Stormtroopers also get an action-packed poster, which shows them marching through the wreckage of a city (perhaps Jedha), flanked by TIE fighters and AT-ST chicken walkers.
With their latest offering only a few months away, Disney is spreading their marketing and merchandising wings to charge up the fan base and stir up audience interest. Rogue One is already shaping up to be a unique entry within the Star Wars Universe. The latest posters provide a great look at the inherent conflict, as well as the grayer, grittier edge of the first standalone film. Director Gareth Edwards has done his best to develop a less black and white, emphasis on the ‘Wars,’ Star Wars.
At the same time, the Rogue One is without a doubt still a very Star Wars story. The lines between good and evil may be a little grayer, but fans will definitely be rooting for the scrappy rebels as they seek to take down the Empire’s machines of devastation. However, more than a few fans will cheer when that familiar black helmet and cape – as well as James Earl Jones’ deep, breathy growl – first appear on screen.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.