Opening: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (12/16/2016)

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The day has finally arrived, we are going back in time with the history of the Star Wars galaxy and learning what happened after “Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith” and before “Episode IV: A New Hope” as “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens today. Check out the poster, premise and cast and then I will return briefly with some thoughts.

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The Premise:
After the formation of the Galactic Empire, the Rebel Alliance recruits Jyn Erso to work with a team including Cassian Andor to steal the design schematics of the Empire’s new superweapon, the Death Star.

The Cast:
Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso
Diego Luna as Cassian Andor
Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic
Donnie Yen as Chirrut Îmwe
Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso
Alan Tudyk as K-2SO
Jiang Wen as Baze Malbus
Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera
Riz Ahmed plays Bodhi Rook
Jonathan Aris plays Senator Jebel
Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma
Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa
James Earl Jones as the voice of Darth Vader
Valene Kane as Lyra Erso
Nick Kellington as Bistan, an alien creature
Alistair Petrie as General Draven.
Eunice Olumide, and Warwick Davis have been cast in unspecified roles
Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman, director and producer of Star Wars: Episode VIII cameo as two Death Star technicians

PiercingMetal Thoughts: So I liked but didn’t “love” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” because I felt it was trying to do too much. This film looks a lot more exciting to me as it showcases the badness of The Galactic Empire and the random forces of freedom that are hoping to escape its clutches. I’ve long felt that we should have seen stuff like this once “Revenge Of The Sith” had been released and now we are. I am not sure that I am going to get to it on the opening day since the holidays are imminent but it will not be long after if I do not. What about you Star Wars maniacs? Are you reading this post from the line at your neighboring theater where you stand ready for the first showing? Let me know in the comments section below and be sure to NOT look at the official Wiki once the film opens because spoiler stuff is always present there once a film is opened.

Official Film Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_One

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