New Rogue One Images Debut

rogue-oneBy Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

With less than four months until the first non-Skywalker Star Wars film premieres, it is about the right time to start seeing a bit more material regarding Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And, true to form, Empire Magazine has gotten their hands on some new images.

The only real new reveal here is a costume change for Felicity Jones’ character Jyn Erso. You can check that and more images out in the gallery below:

The new Jyn Erso costume from Rogue One has a definite vague resemblance to what Princess Leia wore on Endor during Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. I’m not really sure where that image takes place, as it appears to be both raining and daytime, which doesn’t seem to match any other footage from the trailers.

Every time I see Ben Mendelsohn as Director Krennic on the Death Star, set I get excited. I’m not sure what it is about seeing the Death Star interior again in a new setting, but I’m fairly certain it has a huge nostalgia factor associated with it.

Rogue One director Gareth Edwards also spoke with Empire and revealed a bit more behind the title. When it was originally announced, most people assumed that it had something to do with the X-Wing Rogue squadron that Luke Skywalker led. That of course turned out to be wrong, but Edwards did provide some more meaning to the title — some of which is pretty meta. Here’s what the director said:

“I’d been thinking about it. What does it mean? ‘Rogue One’ is a military call sign to some extent. But this is the first film that’s gone off-piste and is not part of the saga – or the Anakin story – so it’s the ‘rogue’ one, you know?

“It’s kind of describing her [Jyn Erso] as well in a similar way. It has [all] these split, multiple meanings that made it feel like the right choice.”

I like the title Rogue One, but I’m not a fan of the sub-title A Star Wars Story. It was originally titled Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, but I suspect that what Disney and Lucasfilm want to do is position these films as just as important as the episodic movies. Considering all of the title gymnastics the Star Wars films have performed in the past, it wouldn’t surprise me that the film will eventually just be known as Star Wars: Rogue One in the future, or it may drop all the Star Wars branding entirely.

Star Wars: Rogue One will premiere in theaters on December 16, 2016.

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