Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Celebration Sizzle Trailer (2016)

Special preview of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that was shown during the film's panel at Star Wars Celebration 2016.

Today in London, Gareth Edwards (Director) and Kathleen Kennedy (Producer) kicked off Star Wars Celebration with an exclusive new look at Rogue One.

They welcomed surprise special guests from the film: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, John Knoll, Executive Producer and Kiri Hart, Head of Story. The talented team of filmmakers and actors shared a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming film and debuted a brand-new teaser poster.

Just in case it wasn't clear in the teaser trailer, the film takes place shortly before A New Hope and about five years after Star Wars Rebels.

Though fans began to freak out when it was announced that some extensive re-shoots would be taking place for the film, Warner Bros and Rogue One cast and crew have begun a publicity tour explaining that the re-shoots were expected and they were only added to polish the film, instead of attempting to fix a turd. As you can see in the video, everything looks pretty great, so here's hoping any fears were unfounded.

First off, the Comic Con Reel for The Force Awakens was such a hit that it comes as no surprise that the Celebration Sizzle for Rogue One: A Star Wars story would borrow from that formula. You know, the slow start, emotional melody, and a terrific mixture of production footage with finished clips. The formula was fantastic almost exactly a year ago and is still fantastic today.

Besides the great chill-inducing visuals, the clip makes the film look more like a war movie to the likes of Steven Spielberg rather than a Star Wars movie. The battle on the beach, which was also featured once again in the poster, looks like it is going to be the defining action sequence of the film, but that doesn't mean the crew is forgetting about the little sequences that can be just as important to the fans. Such as the shot of Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) looking out a viewport of some cruiser. A simple, but terrific visual that feels like a perfect throwback to New Hope.

Director Garth Edwards explains in the reel that the production brings him back to being a kid and should make audiences who have grown up on Star Wars feel like being a kid again. So far, we have to agree.

2 min 40 sec


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July 15, 2016
Gareth Edwards

John Knoll

Walt Disney Pictures

December 16, 2016
Felicity Jones
Diego Luna
Ben Mendelsohn
Donnie Yen
Jiang Wen
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