With 2016 speeding by, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story inches ever closer to its theatrical release later this year. So far we've seen an almost 3 minute sizzle reel, a TV spot, and a description of a trailer from the Star Wars Celebration in London that included Darth Vader. Propping itself up as a stand-alone film, Rogue One has made some changes including no opening crawl and new U-Wing designs.
While it has been confirmed there will be no Han Solo (young or old), we do know to expect old favorites, new faces, and even a tie-in with BioWare/EA game, Star Wars: Battlefront. As Rogue One: A Star Wars Story begins to gear up for its late-summer/fall marketing push, fans that were disappointed no trailer dropped for the public after the Star Wars Celebration in London, the wait is almost over.
For those who are not watching the 2016 Rio Olympics, NBC debuted a TV spot promising a new Rogue One trailer during Thursday's prime time broadcast - something the official Star Wars Twitter account has now confirmed (see below). It's expected to air sometime during swimming finals and women's gymnastics:
— Star Wars (@starwars) August 7, 2016
New hero rebels like Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Bohdi Rook (Riz Ahmed), Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen), and Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) will stand against formidable Empire foes like Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn), Deathtroopers, and a brand new Death Star. New alliances and new alien races stand to expand the Star Wars universe and provide unique relationships for this film.
Fans have received very little information in the way of substantial plot details, but with the film having gone to re-shoots without director Gareth Edwards (Tony Gilroy took over behind the lens), a lot still remains up in the air about the highly anticipated feature. As the first of an anthology series, Rogue One is charting new territory in being officially sanctioned to operate outside of the Star Wars episode formats. If "hope begins with a rebellion" as the teasers suggest, Rogue One's unofficial ties as a prequel to first film in the series, Episode IV: A New Hope, means there's a lot of work to be done in setting up the events that lead to the cannon fans are familiar with.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens 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.