Coming this December we get another installment into the ‘new’ Star Wars Cinematic Universe. It’s not really new of course, but after watching the Force Awakens numerous times since its streaming release (and three times in cinemas) I feel comfortable saying that these new movies strike the perfect blend of old and new, at least as far as the aesthetic. Despite the main plot of TWA being derivative of the original trilogy, it really does capture the ‘Star Wars-ness’ that made the original films so special.
So now we get the first of several standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I think this is the chance for Kathleen Kennedy, Gareth Edwards and the others in charge of telling this story really show off the extend of the universe that they might not be able to take credit for creating, but can certainly take credit for polishing and presenting to the next generation of Star Wars enthusiasts.
The little that is known about this story is wrapped up in a simple idea, “Rebels set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.” We all know this happened in the time leading up to ‘A New Hope’, and the beginnings of the Death Star plans were referenced in the still cannon Clone Wars series.
The events around the acquiring of the plans by the Rebel Alliance were told in the now described as ‘Legends’ stories that comprise the Star Wars Expanded Universe. A summary from Wookiepedia:
It was on this planet that the Death Starsuperlaser was developed, the plans for which were subsequently stolen by Havet Storm and the Rebel Alliance. Among many others CommanderBria Tharen and Rebel cell leader Vermilion gave their lives to secure the plans forLeia Organa. The Rebel group used the Imperial-controlled Toprawa Relay Station to transmit the plans to the Princess aboard the CR90 corvetteTantive IV.
There is barely a corner of the Star Wars universe that has not been explored in the EU, which was part of the reason that it was abandoned when the new movies started being developed. Those stories still exist of course and can be enjoyed by those who want to read them, but it opens up much more flexibility for creative on-screen story telling. Rogue One looks like one of those opportunities to tell a compelling, stand alone story, that is only tangentially relevant to our main cast of characters.
So yes, I am excited for this movie. See the trailer below:
Are you excited for Rogue One? Do you think it is a travesty that the they are now stomping on EU stories with reckless abandon? Leave a comment below and let’s keep the conversation going!