Star Wars lovers are counting down the days now. With just over three months left until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters, Lucasfilm is spending its time dispelling rumors and building anticipation by revealing new aspects to the first standalone Star Wars film. In addition, Disney’s been showing off the exciting selection of toys that fans will be able to bring home to collect and relive their favorite moments from the movie. That includes releasing a slow trickle of images, showcasing the new characters and vehicles in action.
After revealing a new robotic (probably) adversary, the latest wave of photos gives us a look at some the more human (and, in certain cases, menacing) aspects of Rogue One.
Coming by way of their cohort, Le Journal Des Sorties, MSW has revealed fresh images from the upcoming Rogue One. Those shots include a look at an incarcerated Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) – likely being held on the Rebellion's secret moon base of Yavin 4. In addition, fans can enjoy the imperious Death Star overseer Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) surveying his domain while flanked by Deathtroopers. Speaking of Deathtroopers, the candid pics also show off more of the menacing elite forces, from what looks like the same location where they discover a Stormtrooper doll in previously-released Rogue One stills.
While the images don’t seem to reveal anything new about the plot, they do give fans another taste of the characters they’ll be rooting for and booing when Rogue One drops in December. Lacking the sheer terror of Darth Vader or the Director's own stalwart Deathtroopers, Krennic is rapidly becoming the latest iconic scowling face of the Imperial forces. It’s his cloaked figure (perhaps in addition to Vader and the mysterious individual by the bacta tank) who will likely receive the most face time of all the new nemeses. As a result, Mendelsohn’s already commanding presence will be one of the man pivots the intense action the Star Wars standalone hinges upon.
Not to be outdone, the latest shots of a shackled and insolent Jyn are a good reminder of the intriguing angle Gareth Edwards’ solo Star Wars flick is coming from. Although the Original Trilogy has its own scoundrel, that of Han Solo, Erso’s conflicted criminal is poised to become one of the most interesting characters to emerge from the rich tapestry of the Star Wars universe. Her transition from contemptuous captive to reluctant Rebel hero – and her believability – will offer the true test of the latest Lucasfim outing. If Erso’s character winds up too one-dimensional, the forces she’s leading, no matter how talented her rebellion colleagues (including the likes of Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, and Donnie Yen, among other) could be doomed to mediocrity.
From the early trailers, though, it looks as though Erso could easily become the Anthology film's Han Solo-Luke Skywalker hybrid. Jones undoubtedly has the chops. Assuming the script by Chris Weitz and Gary Whitta is as impressive as it seems, the dynamic between Erso and her crew – as well as the dramatic tension of defusing a planet-killing bomb in the Death Star – could rocket Rogue One into Star Wars history in a big way.
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.