As the hype machine gains traction for this December’s release of the second Star Wars movie in as many years, the first of the stand alone adventures, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is set in the run up to the original outing, Star Wars: Episode IV:A New Hope (1977), as a team of Rebels steal the Death Star plans fought over in the original film.
Directed by ex-guerilla film-maker, Gareth Edwards, who after his indie breakthrough, Monsters (2010) went on to resurect, and with great success, The King Of The Monsters himself, Godzilla, back in 2014.
The tone will be different as fot the first time, they are free to tell a stand alone story, of sorts, with no commitment to its lead character’s destiny. Will they live or die? In theory, the plot will dictate that rather than the need to see Jen Ersa (Felicity Jones) or any of her cohorts in a sequel. Well, that is the idea at least.
But as we still have to wait until December 16th to find out if the spin-off series has any legs, the trailers have already begun to emerge and I can tell you, personally, I am impressed with what I am seeing. A darker more mature tone littered with plenty of references to a Star Wars universe which until last year, had been left for dead back in 1983.
But my concern is not only will this up to expectations but I just hope that it is not just a fan boy’s wet dream. It is not enough just see the AT-AT’s, X-Wings, Tie fighters, Star Destroyers and the Death Star again, let lone Darth Vader! It needs to mean something.