Star Wars: Rogue One — Coming Soon

Lauren Bloom, News Editor

On April 7, 2016, the movie trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One was uploaded to the internet. The story of this installment will take place in between Episode III (Revenge of the Sith) and Episode IV (A New Hope).

To sum up the plot, the rebels steal the plans to the Death Star from the Galactic Empire, which they eventually use to destroy this massive weapon—as seen in Episode 4. For all those Darth Vader fans out there, the sith lord will, in fact, be returning for the movie. But, Vader is not being played by the original actor Hayden Christensen. He is being played by British actor Spencer Wilding. The movie also includes British Actress Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Madds Mikkelsen, Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, Jonathan Aris and Spencer Wilding.

Supposedly, there will be ten major cameos in the movie. The Rebel alliance leaders and the pilots, R2-D2, C-3P0, the rebel crew, Princess Leia, Grand Moff Tarkin, Boba Fett, Emperor Palpatine (from the prequels), Darth Vader, and Han Solo will hopefully all make an appearance. I’m not 100% positive that these characters will all show up in the movie, maybe some will.

Rogue One is set to be out in theaters on December 16, 2016. Rogue One does not revolve around the force-possessing Jedi, but it will concern the rebels, the X-wing pilots, and those who do not posses the power of the force but fight for the cause of good.

I’ve spoken to many of my friends about this movie (yes, they are all Star Wars fans). Some don’t understand why they are making a spin off movie about the rebels and others think it’s a good idea because it explains how they got the plans to the Death Star so they could destroy it. Honestly, I think that prequels and spin off movies are only good because they explain what happened in the past, and how it affects the future later on in the movies.

Junior Kierstin Bloom said, “ I’m excited to see the movie, I can’t wait to see what new characters will appear.”

According to, A Rogue One is set for “re-shoots” over the next four-five weeks. Rumor has it that they are reshooting some of it because they have a lot of pressure to make this movie as good or better than Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Some others say that they are trying to lighten the mood.  Re-shoots are typically a bad sign for an upcoming film. Let’s hope that’s not the case with this film.

I’m excited to see this movie, and I have a feeling it will be better than the prequels (episodes: 1,2,3). Don’t worry, there will be plenty more Star Wars related stories. Until next time, may the force be with you.