Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Disney have fulfilled their promise to fans, and have kept the first Star Wars anthology film on track for a December 2016 premiere – which is quite a feat considering the fact they’re coming off the back off the massive endeavour that was The Force Awakens, and are in production on Episode VIII!

The first official trailer for the new Star Wars feature was released this week – and it blew people away!

It’s quite seriously one minute and fifty-seven seconds of amazing.  It’s so very Star Wars, while at the exact same time feeling new and fresh.

To watch the preview, visit the official Star Wars site’s YouTube page here.  I’d love to know what you think of it.

One of the biggest surprises in the preview was the unexpected return of a long time fan favourite – Mon Mothma, the leader of the Rebel Alliance.

Mon Mothma first appeared on screen in 1983 in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, and then again in the prequel films – although her scenes were cut and are only available in the special features sections.

The character also played a prominent role in the Expanded Universe novels, playing a major part in the formation of the New Republic after the defeat of the Empire at the Battle of Endor.

The same actor to play Mon Mothma in the prequel trilogy has returned in Rogue One – Genevieve O’Reilly.  For those who saw the prequel special features, Genevieve’s similarity to the first actor to play Mon Mothma, Caroline Blakiston, is remarkable.

Genevieve is the perfect choice to reprise the role of the Alliance leader, and it was wonderful to see her in this preview.  I hope she is featured throughout the new anthology film.

This movie looks like it’s going to be exceptional.  I’ve been excited for it, but no where near as excited as I am for Episode VIII – until now, and I’ll admit my excitement has ramped up because of the inclusion of Mon Mothma.

The leader of the Alliance has long fascinated fans of Star Wars.  Like Leia, she is a former Imperial Senator, who worked from within the Empire to destabilise it.  Alongside Leia’s adopted father, Viceroy Bail Organa, and Leia and Luke’s mother, Senator Padme Amidala, she was one of the first to distrust Chancellor Palpatine and sense that something was wrong with the Republic under his rule.

Without using Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbacca, the anthology series needs a link to the seven current major saga films, and those links should be via much loved characters who have never received much time on screen.  The anthology series was originally promoted as an opportunity to explore characters we had seen but never learned a great deal about, and as an opportunity to go to places we had heard of but never seen.  Rogue One promises to do that.  Of course, we do have an upcoming young Han Solo film (which I think is a bit of a mistake) and though Han is far from a character who has had barely any screen time, we will no doubt visit places we’ve never seen through Han’s adventures pre-A New Hope.

Check out the preview for the first anthology film, and start counting down the days until the release of this next story from that wondrous galaxy far, far away.

It’s looks truly special and definitely worthy of a place in that fictional galaxy that has come to mean so much to so many of us.

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