What you know about the original Star Wars and the battle to destroy the Death Star is only the beginning. The new film Rogue One is here to reveal backstory you didn’t even suspect. We knew Rebels stole plans for the Death Star, but this new film turns the clock back to days just before the events of the original 1977 movie, and focuses on Galen Erso, the man who helped design the Death Star, and his daughter Jyn, a reckless young woman who is called upon to help destroy it.
Galen and Jyn Erso are part of a family shattered by the Empire. Star Wars has always been infused with a hopeful spirit – the Rebels are iconic underdogs battling a monolithic evil Empire. Rogue One is the first Star Wars movie that really feels like a war movie, but it maintains the series’ sense of hope. The saga’s heroes believe evil can be overthrown, dreams can be fulfilled, families can be reunited.
Rogue One is a concentrated blast of all things we love in Star Wars: exotic planets and aliens, intricate space battles, and clashes between grand heroes and villains… not to mention one of the most jaw-dropping Darth Vader scenes in any Star Wars film, period. Join us as we take a guided tour through the film’s major characters and locations (no spoilers) to lay the groundwork for the first spin-off film in the long-running series.
We reached out to the biggest Star Wars buffs in our staff and fan community to highlight major points about Rogue One and the fan conversations that have surged since the film was first announced.