The Force is back yet again. After the massive success of The Force Awakens last year, Disney and Lucasfilm announced not just the continuation of the main storyline for Star Wars, but a whole set of new films and stories within the galaxy around these events. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first of such endeavors, occurs right before the events of the very first Star Wars film, A New Hope, and details how exactly the rebel forces managed to capture the schematics and plans to the Empire's massive superweapon, the Death Star.
Primarily a war film with elements of the traditional Star Wars lore, Rogue One takes a darker and more adult direction from the other seven films (not including the godawful film precursor to the much-better Clone Wars television series). In this tale, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) has a troubling childhood and grows up over the years with distaste for both the rebellion, the Empire, and warfare altogether, although capable of fighting when she needs to. Jyn is captured by the rebels, however, and told that her father Galen (Mads Mikkelsen) was in league with the Empire in building the Death Star. Through a series of fateful encounters with other characters, including a Force-believing shaman (Donnie Yen), a rebel pilot (Diego Luna), and an Imperial droid with a wiped memory (Alan Tudyk), it's up to Jyn to find the truth about her father's whereabouts and ultimately stop the Empire's greatest achievement from coming to fruition.
Director: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker