Have you seen Rogue One yet? If so, you are one of the nearly 500 million people who has already taken part in the first Star Wars standalone film. Since around these parts we are pretty much obsessed with all things Star Wars, we thought we'd pass along a few fun facts and tidbits about Star Wars and the latest film, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story."
- "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is the first Star Wars movie that is supposed to not be an actual part of the original Star Wars episodes. The movie is considered to be the first Star Wars standalone film.Â The concept for the story, first envisioned by John Knolls, was pitched to Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy who promptly fell in love with the idea. The rest, as they say, is history.
- Rogue One is a prequel that in Star Wars history, takes place just before Star Wars Episode IV, "A New Hope." (1977) Rogue One tells the tale of the Rebel Alliance's attempt to steal the plans for the Empire's new superweapon, the Death Star.
- One of the best reviews of the new film likely came from George Lucas himself who claimed to have loved the movie. Director Gareth Edwards stated, "his opinion means the world to me."
- Rogue One is the first Star Wars film not to feature a Jedi as the primary character. Darth Vader (an ex-Jedi) does appear in the movie.
- For the second time in Star Wars live action movie, a woman has the leading role. In "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," Felicity Jones stars as theater Orso.
- "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is the first Star Wars film not to begin with scrolling text. Didn't you kind of miss it?
- "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is the third Star Wars film to receive a PG-13 rating.
- The planet that Jyn is rescued from is called Wobani. Doesn't this sound an awful lot like Obi-Wan? Coincidence? We think not.
- Without completely spoiling the movie for those of you who have not yet seen it--Princess Leia does have a surprise cameo created primarily with CGI technology. In light of the untimely passing of actress Carrie Fisher who played the role of Leia in the original Star Wars film, this brief moment seemed particularly timely and poignant.
- What would a Star Wars film be without a companion droid?Â In "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" audiences are introduced to a reprogrammed Imperial droid known as K-2S0.
And because we completely love them, just a word or two now about the fabulous Rogue One costumes. From Jyn Erso herself to the Imperial Death Troopers, we think the costumes of Rogue One are amazing. Jyn's Erso finds herself up against the Empire as part of a must succeed desperation mission to steal the Death Star plans. Jyn's attire reflects her bold as well as strong personality, from her rugged jacket to her ever ready belt and holster.
After seeing the movie, you feel in love with K-2SO, right? (Is it weird that we always come out of these Star Wars films in love with the Droid?) K-2SO's costume look is fun and imaginative, just like his quirky, lovable character.
The dark and ominous Death Troopers of the Advanced Weapon Research Division are a highly specialized stormtrooper, reflected in their epic costumes. These Death Troopers have a gleaming dark armor that is in huge contrast to the everyday white stormtroopers we've come to know and love. The Death Troopers are fierce bodyguards to Director Krennic, a highly placed officer in Imperial Intelligence.
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is showing now in a theater near you.