By/Por Ray Falcon, Special for LWR
Ahead of today’s new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the stand-alone Star Wars spinoff set to hit theaters in December, a new poster for the film has made the jump to hyperspace – aka the internet – and you can see it here below. The poster was unveiled late yesterday first by director Gareth Edwards during an appearance on The Star Wars Show on Facebook.
Directed by Edwards from a script by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, Rogue One is set immediately before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and tells the story of how the rebels got their hands on the plans to the Death Star, as well as depicting the first victory won by the rebel alliance and alluded to in the opening crawl to the first film in the Star Wars saga. Presented as a kind of The Dirty Dozen in space, it stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, and Forest Whitaker.
Notably, while Mendelsohn plays the film’s villain Orson Krennic, the Empire’s Director of Advanced Weapons Research tasked with completing the space station, he far less prominent than Darth Vader, confirmed last summer to appear in the film, superimposed over the Death Star.
Rogue One theaters December 16, nearly one year to the day after the record-shattering debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, though it’s not a follow up to that huge hit. The proper sequel to The Force Awakens, the still-untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII is directed by Rian Johnson and will debut a year later on December 15, 2017. Meanwhile, we’ll have the new Rogue One trailer as soon as it drops.