Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Release date: December 16th
Cast: Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen
Director: Gareth Edwards
Reason to be excited: We went a decade without new Star Wars and suddenly we have our second in under a year. Rogue One will introduce the one-off logic that Disney and LucasFilm hopes will keep the franchise pumping until you die (and beyond -- sorry). Tracking the team that stole the Death Star plans immediately prior to the events depicted in Star Wars ’77, Rogue One comes courtesy of Gareth Edwards, who reinvented Godzilla for the modern blockbuster generation.
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