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Hype For Rogue One; It’s Real.

Christian Lopez

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After the release of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, fans are dying for the next installment of the trilogy. Disney knows this all too well, and so to quench the wait for Episode VIII, we have Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

You might say, “It’s not part of the trilogy so I don’t care”  but I think I can convince you otherwise.

The idea comes visual-effects supervisor John Knoll, who watched Star Wars IV: A New Hope and saw the idea in the opening crawl, and that line reads: “During the battle, rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star …” So the plot takes place before IV but after III. “Oh another prequel? That’s lame” I hear you shout.

But don’t worry. There won’t be another Anakin or Padame. Actually, the cast is diverse and talented.

Maybe you heard of Felicity Jones from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. What about Forest Whitaker from Southpaw. Or maybe you have heard of Donnie Yen from Ip Man. Either way, the cast is more than qualified to make this movie spectacular.

And of course, you can’t forget about the director. Now, 2014’s Godzilla  may be a little different from Star Wars, but I firmly believe that Gareth Edwards has what it takes.

As the first film in the Anthology series, the film has a lot to live up to. For example, if this movie bombs, then Disney might reconsider doing the Anthology series. And if that happens you can say bye to the standalone films of Han Solo or Boba Fett. Films that are said to explain the backgrounds of their respective characters. Now if it does succeed then not only would our Star Wars thirst be quenched on a yearly basis but it would also add lore to the new cannon.

So this movie could be the key to a massive cinematic universe, and last time I checked, Marvel’s cinematic universe is constantly on everyone’s lips. Now imagine instead of Marvel, those lips were talking about Rogue One or Star Wars in general. Imagine the hype. It would be like The Force Awakens all over again.

However, there are doubts that linger. As the plot in Rogue One is about the rebels who steal the Death Star plans, and more information is coming out; the movie would be a warfare movie. Meaning, no Jedi.

Fans are concerned that the movie would fail because there wouldn’t be any interesting characters. Though, with the impressive cast, making interesting characters are the least of our problems.

Another concern is the plot itself. Can the cast and director actually make a good Star Wars movie? It seems like tactical espionage would fit better with a James Bond or even a Metal Gear Solid (If that ever happens) movie.

And again, this will be a warfare movie so I feel there would be more actions instead of espionage. So fans shouldn’t be too worried about this movie turning into another prequel, and thinking about Donnie Yen using his martial arts in a Star Wars film always gets me hyped.

Also, the wait isn’t too far off. The film’s release date is this Dec. 16. So besides Christmas, December is looking to be an exciting month for Star Wars fans.

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