Come December 16th, Star Wars fans from all over the United States (and the world) will once again line up at their local theaters to watch the latest installment of the Star Wars universe. Though I've been a fan of Star Wars for quite some time and #TheForceAwakens was a film that renewed my hope in the franchise, #RogueOne is gearing up to be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to #StarWars-style storytelling.
The question now is whether or not Rogue One will be as successful as The Force Awakens. Take a look at the latest teaser below to see what Rogue One is working with:
From the get-go, the teaser shows that Rogue One is a film that will not be filled with as much nostalgia as The Force Awakens was last year. There are new characters, newly memory-wiped droids, and a whole lot of badass action. We will get to see the behind the scenes of what Darth Vader was up to before he rendezvoused with his children Luke and Leia.
Through Jyn Erso, we will meet a world that is under the complete control of the Empire. We will learn how truly violent and deadly their presence was in the universe. It will allow audiences to absorb a new chapter of Cold War-esque Star Wars action where both parties have the technology to take each other down. The only thing missing is the correct timing to strike. With this film, we'll get to see the long road the Rebellion had to take in order to eventually destroy the Death Star.
Although producer Kathleen Kennedy has stated that Rogue One will not have a sequel, there are four aspects of the film that will undoubtedly set it apart from the rest of the Star Wars films and will hopefully make it as good or even better than The Force Awakens.
4. 'Rogue One' Boasts an Award-Winning, All-Star Cast!
Felicity Jones, whose recent turn as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything earned her an Academy Award nomination, plays the female warrior Jyn Erso. With the use of her versatile acting, she will introduce a character that will be strong and resilient against the evil she must face, especially when it bears the face of her own father.
With an extensive resume in both the United States and Mexico, Diego Luna will play Captain Cassian Andor with the passionate talent he's demonstrated throughout his illustrious career. His nice-guy smile will beguile audiences as he helps Jyn take on the Empire.
The inimitable Donnie Yen, one of China's most celebrated martial-artists-turned-actor, will no doubt deliver a performance that is both physically and emotionally in tune with the #Force. So far, teasers and trailers show we're in for a hell of a ride with his character Chirrut Îmwe.
Famous for being the voice of Wash in Joss Whedon's short-lived Firefly and subsequent film Serenity, Alan Tudyk will voice Kaytoo, considered to be the antithesis of C-3PO with a little bit of Chewbacca’s personality in a droid’s body. Tudyk's seasoned sci-fi presence will excite moviegoers everywhere with this new voice-acting venture.
Featuring the added talents of Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed, Forest Whitaker, and Jiang Wen, Rogue One will not disappoint in the acting department.
All of these great actors and actresses are portraying characters that are not users of the Force. They're the kind of people that were present in all of the other films as side characters, but were never the focus of any storyline. Rogue One is opening the door for a new kind of hero to arise in the Star Wars universe, one that does not rely on the use of the Force or any lightsaber wielding. These characters will face true evil in the form of Darth Vader and his dark use of the Force, but will have to try to defeat him with their own abilities and expertise.
3. To Crawl Or Not To Crawl: 'Rogue One' Is Unique In Many Ways
Ah, the never-ending conundrum of the opening crawl that has continued to haunt expectant Rogue One audiences has recently been addressed by both producer Kathleen Kennedy and director Gareth Edwards. The combined consensus so far dictates that there is a high possibility that the standalone films may not have the famous opening crawl that has become a staple in the Star Wars universe.
Some have laid out the reasons why Star Wars should definitely have an opening crawl, while some would rather ignore anything's happened. There are also several people who are beyond pissed off. All this controversy will offer a lot of heated discussions, which will make for great banter at your next get-together and will definitely improve the effect that Rogue One has on audiences by deviating from the norm.
Watch the video below for what many expect to be the actual Rogue One opening crawl:
2. The Return Of The Franchise's Greatest Villain, Darth Vader
Even if you're not a fan of Star Wars, you can't deny that you know about #DarthVader, have heard about Darth Vader, or seen Darth Vader at least once in your life. With Rogue One, we will finally see Darth Vader in his natural habitat of full-on, dark side antics. Without Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, there's hope that Darth Vader will exhibit a harsher and more volatile presence than ever before.
Bringing back James Earl Jones to voice Darth Vader will instill a little bit of nostalgia for those who were able to experience the original trilogy on the big screen back in the '70s
We still don't know how much of Darth Vader will be seen in Rogue One, but whatever we do see will be from a completely new perspective. He will be at the top of his game here. He has not been swayed by the Force because he has not yet encountered his children at this point in time. The decisions he makes will be completely in service of the Empire, and that is definitely something only Rogue One can offer in more detail without the distraction of awkward love triangles.
1. Produced by Disney, Who Now Has 4 Years Of Star Wars Experience!
#Disney has acquired the treasure trove that is all of George Lucas's Star Wars franchise. As a standalone entity, Disney has dominated the family-oriented film genre for nearly 60 years. As apprehensive as fans were to see a Star Wars film with Disney at the helm, The Force Awakens was the film fans deserved after the last three films extinguished everyone's hope.
Regardless of how successful Rogue One is at the box office, Disney has demonstrated its commitment to Star Wars fans worldwide by continuously producing quality content that is not based on recycling ideas from other times. Sure, The Force Awakens has been constantly compared to A New Hope, but what disheartened fans fail to see is that if something ain't broke, don't fix it. Disney knows its business and it knows its market, but it doesn't disrespect its audiences with films that need an extended edition to be better understood like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
We won't know whether or not Rogue One will be better than The Force Awakens until December 16th. In my humble opinion, I will love the film for what it is and what it is offering — the story of a new hero that has to make do with what is available to them. This is the kind of hero we need to know about, the grassroots kind of individual that fights for what is fair for everyone, not just a select few.
The cast, the conundrum of the opening crawl, Darth Vader's presence, and Disney's involvement are four ways that Rogue One will #MakeTheGalaxyGreat and hopefully make it as good or even better than The Force Awakens.
What are your thoughts on Rogue One being better than The Force Awakens? Let me know in the comments below.