15 New Images From ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
It looks like Disney has established a nice pattern for Star Wars fans that we can expect to continue for years to come. The Force Awakens was released in December of 2015, we dissected and talked about it for a few months, and then it was onto speculation about the next film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and talking about set photos for the one after that, Star Wars: Episode VIII. A trailer drops, we talk about that for a while, and now, in the summer, EW releases official photos and character details for fans as lead-up for Comic-Con and Star Wars Celebration, where more trailers will probably hit and take us all the way until the final marketing blitz begins, Rogue One comes out, and we do it all over again.
We wrote a lot about Gareth Edwards' new movie yesterday, and EW is stretching out the coverage by releasing 15 new images and elaborating with further character descriptions. Check them out below, and let us know which image is your favorite. Rogue One hits theaters on December 16, 2016.
"[Krennic] understands the system and he knows how things work, but he also is not above trying to bend it to get what he needs or what he thinks he wants," says Kiri Hart, Lucasfilm's head of story development. Krennic is intended to be a contrast to Imperial officers we’ve seen before, like Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin. “Tarkin is the model for these really cool, icy types, you know?” Hart says. “Krennic runs a little hotter than that, so that’s kind of fun and it’s a little bit different. … He is unpredictable and volatile.”
"[Baze and Chirrut are] inspired, again, by what inspired George in [Akira Kurosawa's] The Hidden Fortress," [Kathleen] Kennedy says. “You could even say to some extent it’s, you know, R2 and C-3PO, a little bit of that.”
One of the new planets (name still unknown) we'll visit in the movie is described as having a close proximity to the Death Star and the ecosystem of a seaside holiday destination. That's the one where we saw the new AT-ACTs stomping across the beach near the end of the first trailer.
“There’s this sort of South Pacific, tropical paradise planet that subconsciously leads into some of the imagery associated with World War II,” director Gareth Edwards says. “We went to lots of different places around the world, and one of them was the Maldives. When you're shooting Stormtroopers in paradise, you have the best job in the world, you know? You can't really deny it at that point.”
The filmmakers confirmed this Deathtrooper is holding a Stormtrooper doll, but wouldn't explain the context of it. Hmm...
Here's our best look yet at Alan Tudyk's droid character K-2SO (Kaytoo Esso), who Edwards describes as having "a very dry delivery. He doesn’t realize what he's saying is very funny."