It shouldn’t even be up for debate, but after ‘Rogue One’ people have been talking about what happens after the sad and sudden death of Carrie Fisher. Indeed, Lucasfilm (and Disney) respectfully left discussion over the fate of General (and former Princess) Leia until now, releasing a statement saying that ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ nor any other movie will feature a computer generated Leia, and rightly so.
If you were betting that ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ might be on its way to besting ‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ at the box office, this may not be the news you’re looking for. While Gareth Edwards’ hard-edged prequel has gone down a storm with audiences in the west, it seems the much-coveted Chinese box office is a different story. Opening in China today, ticket presales point toward ‘Rogue One’ enjoying an opening weekend to the tune of RMB 40-50 million – which might not sound bad, until you learn that equates to somewhere between £4.7 – 5.8 million.
Whatever way you look at it ‘Rogue One’, the first of Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ standalone movies directed by Gareth Edwards, has been a roaring success.
The biggest talking point among people who have seen ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ is undoubtedly the return of Grand Moff Tarkin and how it was achieved. Peter Cushing played the character in 1977’s ‘A New Hope’ but sadly died in 1994 at the age of 81.
“Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. This, from the opening crawl of ‘A New Hope’, served as the basis for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ some 40 years later, but already told us all we needed to know. ‘Rogue One’ was a story that didn’t need to be told, but it defied all expectations to prove it was a story worth telling. Director Gareth Edwards and the film’s four writers did this by making their story about the Rebellion’s journey from a directionless and friable collective to a cohesive and driven unit. ‘Rogue One’ is about the rebellion more than it is about any individual character.
Over the years Michael Giacchino has built a reputation for two things: fantastic, Oscar-winning film scores, and giving the individual tracks of those scores puntastic names.
Landing in cinemas this week, the reviews embargo on ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ has at last been lifted, and the overall reaction is very positive with many declaring it one of the best in the series to date – some even suggesting it might be the best. Directed by Gareth Edwards (‘Godzilla’), ‘Rogue One’ is a prequel to the original 1977 ‘Star Wars’ (AKA ‘A New Hope’), and tells the story of how those technical details of the dreaded Death Star which Princess Leia uploaded into R2D2 were stolen in the first place. It’s already tracking for opening weekend box office takings in the region of $300 million – but then, there was never much question it would be a commercial success. ‘Star Wars’ hasn’t always won over the critics too, but for the most part ‘Rogue One’ is doing just that.
Since Carrie Fisher appeared chained to a giant space gangster and forced to wear a suggestive brass bikini set, there’s been much debate over whether the move sits right with modern audiences. Asked whether the choice to put a female character in that position today would fly, she told the Press Association: “I don’t think so. Fisher has since been vocal on the matter too.
Shaving brand Gillette has kicked off its partnership with ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars’ story with a new TV commercial featuring sets, props, and costumes used in Gareth Edwards’ upcoming ‘Star Wars’ spin-off.