With just over 30 days until the release of Rogue One, anticipation for the film is at an all time high. The first movie outside of the episodic films is a bit of a gamble for Disney and will provide a different look at a galaxy far, far away. Rogue One will tell the story of how the Rebel Alliance stole the plans for the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star. Showcasing a galaxy without the Jedi, and the Empire at the height of its power, the film has an understandably darker tone. It seems like every other day there’s a new TV spot or poster to highlight the film. Today is one of those days, because we have a new look at the film.
In an exclusive image from USA Today, the new IMAX poster for Rogue One was revealed, and it’s gorgeous. It highlights all of the main characters with a white backdrop of the Death Star. The poster absolutely nails the look and feel of a rag tag group of rebels against insurmountable odds. Based strictly on the poster, here are a couple of observations. While this movie may be about stealing the plans to the Death Star, this is Jyn Erso’s story. Similarly to how prevalent Rey was front and center in The Force Awakens promotional material, Erso is as well. She will be the driving force in the story and it’s exciting to see a strong female protagonist. It’s really nice to see the classic X-Wings in a movie. While the X-Wings in The Force Awakens were cool, there’s just something special about that classic look in A New Hope.
Everything that we’ve seen from the film just feels and looks like the original trilogy. From the classic X-Wings, the secret rebel base on Yavin IV, everything. It feels like Star Wars. We’ll know a lot more when Rogue One hits theaters on December 16th.