In just a matter of weeks (as of this writing), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters. As fans anxiously await the premiere, they have already begun to pre-order tickets for the first live-action spinoff. Thanks to another strong marketing campaign by Lucasfilm, Rogue One is expected to perform very well at the box office. Obviously, director Gareth Edwards’ film won’t be able to replicate the astronomical totals posted by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but early tracking is pointing to a domestic opening weekend in excess of $130 million, which would be an amazing start.
The goal of the anthology movies is to expand the Star Wars universe further, and Rogue One will do more than its fair share by introducing a bevy of new characters and locations in the galaxy far, far away. These fresh elements have been the subject of much promotion, and the studio is showing no signs of slowing down. They’ve now shared more images from the film, mainly highlighting the aliens, droids, and vehicles of Rogue One.
Coming courtesy from the StarWars.com Databank and the latest issue of Empire magazine (hat tip Star Wars News Net), the stills place a spotlight on several of the Rebellion’s creature allies like Bistan, Pao, and Moroff, as well as some new Imperials such as the shoretrooper and astromech droid C2-B5. Familiar faces including Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, and K-2SO are given new looks as well. The pictures from StarWars.com featured descriptions for each image, detailing character motivations and other key information. Check them out in the gallery below:
As many know by now, Rogue One was conceived as a standalone film, but some Star Wars spinoffs may not be one-and-done propositions. Shortly after Alden Ehrenreich was cast as the lead in the young Han Solo movie, it was reported that the rising star was locked in for a three-picture deal. However, it would appear that Rogue One won’t have a sequel. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has stated that there will not be a project called Rogue Two. This isn’t all that surprising, given that many fans believe most (if not all) of the heroes in Rogue One will perish by their mission’s end. In the age of franchise tentpoles that are more concerned with setup than telling a complete narrative, it’s refreshing that there’s no Rogue One followup coming through the pipeline and it’s just a single movie.
Of course, the Empire did build a second Death Star that was destroyed during the Battle of Endor, so some may have been hoping for a movie exploring the famed Bothan spies that gave their lives mentioned in Return of the Jedi. Fortunately, the story group has several other means to tell that story, be it a new novel or comic book series. As interesting as that might be on the big screen, there’s no real need to make the Death Star the focus of another movie, especially since Force Awakens‘ Starkiller base was mocked as a third version of the super weapon. It’d be better if Lucasfilm dedicated their resources to something new.