The gif in the announcement tweet is an image that we have already seen, but it’s still exciting – and seeing Darth Vader again is enough to give fans chills. He is undoubtedly the biggest pre-established character that will appear in Rogue One, and we can’t wait to see him back on the big screen in all his glory. Disney/Lucasfilm have been releasing new promos for the film all month, but the ability to buy tickets on Monday brings us one step closer to seeing it – and the fan response to the news has been fun, in its own right (see below, for instance).
That said, there isn’t quite as much excitement for Rogue One as there was for The Force Awakens last year. Although the film was very well-received, some fans were disappointed, feeling that the story was a re-tread of the originals. This negative reaction may see fewer people buying tickets for opening weekend this year. Another reason that some fans may not be rushing out to purchase seats on Monday is that Rogue One is a stand-alone, and not part of the larger story, and that we have not had the same length of time between films. (The Force Awakens was the first Star Wars film in ten years.)
Despite this, we are sure that Rogue One tickets will be snapped up quickly when they go on sale on Monday, and are sure to sell out.