The Death Star blew up before I was born. Its pink-and-yellow cloud left a residue on the culture. We’ve inherited Luke Skywalker’s PTSD. Generations have witnessed that moment through rewinds and re-releases, and once mine grew old enough, we recreated it for ourselves with The Force Awakens’ supersize revamp and now Rogue One’s through-the-looking-glass reimagining of how it was done in the first place. Four decades after the damned thing first exploded, to see the killer ship’s blueprint onscreen … read more

The dark side just got a whole lot darker. The first teaser trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One debuted Thursday on Good Morning America, and as promised, it looks like fans are going to be seeing a much grittier side to the force in the series’ first standalone film. In the trailer, Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso – an orphan with a long rap sheet who joins the Rebellion and undertakes a mission to infiltrate the Death Star before its first weapons test. “What will you do if they catch you? What will … read more

Star Wars mania isn’t going to slow down any time soon, so let’s start with a countdown to the next film! In a mere 341 days (Dec. 16, 2016), the first of three Star Wars spinoffs from Lucasfilm, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, hits theaters. Starring Oscar nominee Felicity Jones (Theory of Everything) and directed by Gareth Edwards, Rogue One tells the story of the rebel fighters who banded together to steal the Death Star plans from the Empire. Producer Kathleen Kennedy told, “Rogue … read more