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A squad of rebel spies take on the seemingly impossible mission of stealing the secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR. 

We make no bones about it, here at Showcase Cinemas we are huge Star Wars fans and super excited that Disney are releasing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first stand-alone Star Wars film in a planned ‘Anthology Series’ of spin-off films.

Chronologically Rogue One is set before the events of the original Star Wars : A New Hope (1977). The rebel alliance task a band of spies to steal the Empire’s Death Star plans and ensure that the events of the original trilogy actually occur in the first place!

British director Gareth Edwards (Monster, Godzilla) is helming the film and in the recent edition of Empire Magazine his cast and crew were quick to praise the director for allowing them to find ‘nuanced convincing character moments’ within the flurry of actions sequences. Edwards also spoke to Empire about the ‘risks’ of working within the Star Wars universe, “If you play it safe you’re not going to do anything new or different. You have to take risks. It’s the bit that excites me. At the end of the day, people don’t watch a spreadsheet, they watch a movie. It should be about what gets in front of the camera.”

Thankfully the clips that Disney have released have been devoid of too many plot spoilers - just elements of larger actions sequences, which is as it should be and have left us salivating for more. 

What we do know is that Rogue One will not begin with the iconic Star Wars opening crawl. Head of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, has explained that because Rogue One is conceived as a World War II-style adventure, the opening crawl would not feel appropriate.

“We felt that’s so indicative of what those saga films are,” she told Variety. “Initially, we probably will begin the film in a way that is traditional, with just the title.”

The movie’s heroine, Jyn Erso, is played by Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything, Inferno) who described the seven month shoot as “hugely demanding but a great adventure.” As part of her training she studied the martial art Wushu, becoming proficient with both long and short weaponry. It’s the same martial art Daisy Ridley mastered for last year’s The Force Awakens.  

Starring alongside Jones are Forrest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn, Jiang Weng, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen and Alan Tudyk.      

This will be the first Star Wars film not to feature the music of acclaimed composer John Williams. The man entrusted with making our hearts soar and pulses race is Michael Giacchino. The recipient of an Oscar for Up, Giacchino has also composed scores for a host of films including Star Trek, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Doctor Strange, as well as TV’s Lost.

The ‘Anthology Series’ will continue with the currently untitled Han Solo prequel movie due in 2018. It was announced in July that rising star Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as a younger version of the character made famous by Harrison Ford.

So plenty to be excited about, the Force is most definitely strong!  

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens at Showcase on December 15 in 2D, 3D, XPlus 3D and IMAX 3D, and tickets are on sale now.

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