Fresh off the hit that was Star Wars: The Force Awakens, comes a new wave of Star Wars films, because apparently that’s a thing now.
Rogue One – A Star Wars Story takes place before the original films of Luke, Leia, and Han Solo. Now of course, everyone’s speculating that Felicity Jones’ character, Jyn Erso, could be Rey’s long-lost mother from The Force Awakens. I’m down with that, the timeline would make sense as this takes place during Luke’s era. How do we know this? Simple, we caught a glimpse of Mon Mothma, the former senator and leader of the Rebel Alliance in Return of The Jedi back in 1983. Obviously she’s been recast, but they did a good job of making the actress look and act just like Caroline Blakiston, the original actress that portrayed the role.
The premise of this film looks as though Jyn Erso is set out to steal the plans for the Death Star — the same plans that Princess Leia stored in the memory banks of R2-D back in the Episode V. Not much else is known about the film, but so far I’m on board. Plus, is it just me, or could that be my main man Darth Vader wandering about?
It looks as though this may be the first Star Wars film not to give us a lightsaber. So what do they do instead? Give us Donnie Yen being a bad ass with hand-to-hand combat wielding a staff instead of a saber. I won’t lie, I’m okay with this – I mean, for now at least!
However, what I’m worried about now is that Star Wars is being turned into some huge annual event. And while I’m as big a fan as any, I love the sanctity of the original films (and expanded universe through the novels). I’m worried that all these films may become a bit TOO much.
For example, Rogue One is set to release on December 16th, Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII following one year later, a Han Solo spin-off film coming in 2018, and then Episode IX capping off the Skywalker saga in 2019. It just seems like there’s a lot of room for things to go wrong (see the timeline of the X-Men films). And I swear to the Heavens, if they mess up Star Wars like Hollywood does with so many things, I’ll simply loose my mind.
What do you think about the Rogue One – A Star Wars Story trailer? Are you pumped?