Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

This week we've been happily flooded with new information about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, largely via a preview published in Entertainment Weekly. First we heard confirmation that Darth Vader will return, then came details about the new — and old — characters in the prequel adventure.

Now we've been gifted with a slew of new photos from the movie, again courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. We've selected a few of those to consider. Up first is a shot of Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso (top), an outlaw recruited by rebellion leaders to steal plans of the Death Star. Note that her uniform is meant to disguise her true intentions.

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Next we see heroic comrades Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen, the former as blind warrior monk Chirrut Imwe and the latter as Baze Malbus, whose primary job is to protect the monk. Producer Kathleen Kennedy says: "To some extent it’s, you know, [C-3PO and R2-D2], a little bit of that.”

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Turning to the villainous side of things, Ben Mendelsohn looks suitably evil as Director Orson Krennic, described as "unpredictable and volatile." He's charged with providing security of the Death Star project.

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

A squad of sharp-dressed Deathtroopers traverse a tundra, one of them holding "a galactic version of a toy soldier." Reportedly, the action figure will play a key role in the story.

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Here are Deathtroopers tramping through the watery terrain of a tropical paradise planet in pursuit of rebels.

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

We've not seen Stormtroopers charging through the surf before, but here they are on the same planet, also searching for rebels.

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Finally, we're treated to a look behind the scenes as director Gareth Edwards (far right) talks with cast members.

 

Speaking of director Edwards, he's also recently commented on reshoots that are currently underway. He said, "I’d definitely describe it as: It’s got a dark tone. The studio has been very supportive of that. I mean, the sort of tone we were going for when we started was the tone you have in films like The Empire Strikes Back. And that’s not in any way been compromised."

Edwards also stated that the reshoots involve "little things within the preexisting footage." Producer Kathleen Kennedy also stated that "nothing about the story" is changing.

We'll all be able to judge for ourselves when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16.