Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Trailer for 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' debuts final look at 2016's biggest movie

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is in prime position to be the biggest movie of the year. After all- it's Star Wars, right? The first installment in Lucasfilm's attempt to expand the universe beyond the Skywalker bloodline is set to hit theaters on December 16, the same weekend that J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens hit last year. The seventh chapter in the Star Wars saga went on to gross a record $936.6 million in the US, and became only the third film to cross the $2 billion threshold worldwide. Much of that success has been chalked up to the film's holiday release, which allowed for a massive opening weekend and incredibly healthy legs. Gareth Edwards' Rogue One should have that same benefit, so why not expect another absurd success for Disney? Well, there are plenty of reason to be skeptical about Rogue One. Edwards and his team are wading into untested territory, and while the fan excitement is there, I'm not sure if general audiences are as pumped for Rogue One as they were for The Force Awakens. Mix that in with the talk of major reshoots and it's clear that there's concern in some corners of Hollywood for this film. Disney is going to have to sell this film, and late last week, they began their final push with a full trailer. Check it out below!

Look, I know all the rumors about the behind-the-scenes drama. I've heard the stories of massive reshoots, of nearly half the film being tinkered with. I know that some believe Gareth Edwards no longer has final cut, that Disney had to bring in Tony Gilroy to save the film. But after watching this trailer......I don't care. Good lord, this looks great. I've said that the December 16 release I'm more excited for is Damien Chazelle's La La Land, and while I stand by that, I'm beginning to feel much better about Rogue One. This trailer is utterly distinctive, filled with rich, luscious imagery and a gritty feel that is totally fresh to the Star Wars universe. Edwards' film looks brutal and rousing in equal measure, a true war movie that just happens to be set in the Star Wars world. We've been hearing about all of these things for months, but to finally see it coming together is magical. Felicity Jones looks excellent as Jyn Erso, Ben Mendelsohn is obviously going to be a stand out as Director Krennic, and the supporting crew looks great as well. I love the look, sound, and feel of this film, and I'm really hoping that it lives up to the hype. And if worst comes to worst, we'll still get a fight scene on an island in a Star Wars movie. That alone is worth celebrating in my humble opinion.

Rogue One hits theaters on December 16.

Image Credit: Star Wars

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