Empire have just released a brand new still from “Rogue One”, featuring Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Diego Luna as Cassian Andor and K-2SO.
EMPIRE – We’re heading back to a galaxy far, far away this Christmas, and Empire could hardly let a new Star Wars movie slip past without letting it grace our cover. So here it is: the first of our Rogue One covers, in all its rebellious glory.
The cover features the team of rebels tasked with stealing the Death Star plans from the Imperial Military. Pictured on our cover (from left to right): Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe; Jiang Wen as Baze Malbus; Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso; Diego Luna as Cassian Andor; and Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook. The big droid at the back is Alan Tudyk, on motion-capture duties as K-2SO.
But wait! The circle is not yet complete… This is just the first of our Rogue One covers to be revealed. A second, alternate cover will debut tomorrow (Friday 19th) at 5pm; the exclusive limited edition subscribers cover to be unveiled on Monday. Keep your eyes peeled for those.
Featuring unprecedented on-set access to director Gareth Edwards and his crew, the Rogue One issue of Empire goes on sale Thursday August 25, available in all good and Imperial-affiliated newsagents. Subscribers will be receiving theirs a few days earlier – one of many reasons why it’s worth subscribing to Empire. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, meanwhile, blasts into cinemas from December 16.
ComicBookMovie – Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have a new look at Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. Like Finn and Rey before her, the character looks set to become an instant fan-favourite, but in an interview with the magazine, the Oscar winning actress admitted to being an unconventional heroine. After all, at just 5’3″, Jones isn’t what you’d normally expect from a war movie’s lead star.
“She is absolutely a very unlikely heroine. She’s someone on the edges and fringes of society. Physically, she’s smaller than everyone else around her. When someone has something they believe in, that’s what powers them, that’s what motivates them, that’s what can give someone enormous strength.” As for how women are viewed in the Rebellion, she added: “I would say there’s a huge amount of respect for women. Mon Mothma is ultimately, for Jyn, someone she looks up to. So even as the film opens [Jyn] has a strong female role model in front of her, and someone she respects.”
A third trailer for “Inferno” has been released, this time with the title ‘Unlock the Mystery’. Watch it in full below, and watch the film itself in cinemas on October 14 in the UK.
Collider – So, how’s your weekend going? Been keeping up with the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio? If you have, you might have noticed a super-short TV spot for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that aired during the games in the last 24 hours or so. The TV spot, which hasn’t popped up online quite yet, doesn’t offer much in the way of new footage or a new perspective on the footage we’ve seen thus far but works more as a kind of announcement trailer. The spot ends with a confirmation that we will, indeed, see a brand new full trailer for Rogue One on Thursday during the Rio Olympics.
This is a bit more crucial than you might imagine. This week, it came to light that Tony Gilroy, the writer-director-producer behind Michael Clayton and the undervalued Duplicity, has spearheaded all the reshoots for Disney’s hugely anticipated Star Wars spin-off. Sources close to post-production also said that Gilroy is supervising the edits to the movie with an unclear amount of input from director Gareth Edwards. Gilroy worked with Edwards on Godzilla, so this doesn’t necessarily mean a hack job is underway but taken as a whole, all the stories about reshoots shows a certain cowardice in Disney to stray from the tone and structure of the Star Wars films that have been made thus far.
The new trailer will have to firmly give a sense that the film will be just as dark as the original trailer suggested while also teasing the film’s ties to the rest of the Star Wars franchise. Considering these elements at play, I would not be surprised if the new trailer included our first full glance at Darth Vader in the film, which well precede the events in Star Wars: A New Hope. If so, expect the internet to lose its collective shit come Thursday.
The Film Stage – While Venice and Telluride will get things going, the biggest seasonal event is easily the Toronto International Film Festival. With hundreds of titles from around the globe on its slate, many of our yearly favorites debut there and we’ll be covering in-depth yet again this year. To get a preview of what to expect, they’ve announced their initial line-up of titles.
The slate includes Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals, Denis Villeneuve‘s Arrival, Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land, Kim Ji-woon‘s The Age of Shadows, Ewan McGregor‘s American Pastoral, the Miles Teller-led Bleed for This, Denial starring Rachel Weisz, Christopher Guest‘s Mascots, Werner Herzog‘s Salt and Fire, the Michael Fassbender-led Trespass Against Us, Una starring Rooney Mara, Rob Reiner‘s LBJ, A Monster Calls, the Natalie Portman-led Planetarium, Mira Nair‘s Queen of Katwe, and more.
A Monster Calls J.A. Bayona, USA/Spain World Premiere
This visually spectacular drama follows a lonely 12-year-old boy struggling with his mother’s illness, until an ancient, wild, and relentless monster appears, guiding him on a journey of courage, faith, and truth. Starring Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, and Liam Neeson.
Aside from opening with Antoine Fuqua‘s The Magnificent Seven remake and closing with the Hailee Steinfeld-led The Edge of Seventeen, they also added some acclaimed previous premieres, including Manchester by the Sea, Loving, American Honey, The Birth of a Nation, Elle, The Handmaiden, Neruda, Paterson, The Salesman, Things to Come, and Toni Erdmann.
ET Online – tar Wars fans had a weekend packed with thrill-inducing announcements, first looks and panels at the annual Star Wars Celebration event, but high on the list of iconic moments came during new footage from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, when Felicity Jones’ character, resistance fighter Jyn Erso, looked past the camera and declared, “May the Force be with us.”
“I have to say it was one of those moments that I was really nervous about for weeks before,” Jones admitted to ET’s Ashley Crossan at the event, which was held in London, England, this year. “I kept walking around my house just trying out the line.”
“I’d just be in the bathroom and be like, ‘May the force be with you. May the force be with you. May the force be with you,’” she added. “You just go over and over and over again because I knew it was such a momentous moment for the film.”
Speculation has run rampant about how Jones’ character fits into the Star Wars canon. The events of Rogue One take place in-between the first two Star Wars trilogies — that is to say, after the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and before Episode IV: A New Hope. It’s a time when the Jedi were believed to be extinct, so the rebels, including Jyn Erso, are battling the Empire on their own.
“This is a rebellion, isn’t it?” she quips in the first trailer. “I rebel.”
In Rogue One, Erso and her fellow rebels are enlisted to steal the plans to the Empire’s ultimate superweapon: the Death Star. The young resistance fighter is shown to be a scrappy, independent spirit and something of a rogue entity (forgive the pun), which has many fans drawing familial parallels to The Force Awakens’ Rey, played by Daisy Ridley. But Jones cautions against jumping to conclusions.
“I like to use Daisy’s theory, which is, just because they both have brown hair doesn’t mean they’re related,” she told ET.
The Oscar nominee is thrilled, however, to be adding her name to the franchise’s list of strong female characters.
“It’s just a fantastic time,” she said. “Rather than it being a trend or being something unusual, I would hope that we’re in a world now that we have an equal amount of male leads and equal amount of female leads. That’s absolutely how it should be.”
Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy also spoke with ET at the Star Wars Celebration event, dishing on whether or not Rogue One will include the franchise’s iconic opening crawl. See what she had to say in the video below.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters Dec. 16.
Earlier this evening in London, Felicity Jones took to the stage at Star Wars Celebration to discuss her upcoming film, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. The first few high-quality pictures from the event have been added to the gallery, along with the July 1 cover of Entertainment Weekly.