December is finally here, and with it comes the one thing we’ve been patiently waiting for all year: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Chances are you’ll be seeing Rogue One this weekend even if you’re not the biggest Star Wars fans in the galaxy, so we’d like to offer a quick background on the film the help your viewing experience. Here’s what you need to know before you see Rogue One:
What’s it about?
First let’s begin at the very first Star Wars movie. Released in 1977, Star Wars (later re-titled as Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, which is another story for another day), introduced audiences to the years-long battle between the evil Empire and the courageous Rebellion. In the film, Princess Leia is captured by Darth Vader after stealing plans to the Empire’s newest and most powerful weapon, the Death Star.
Rogue One is the story of the small group of Rebels who stole those plans, and presumably how they got into the hands of Princess Leia.
Why do the Rebels need the Death Star plans?
So they can figure out how to blow it up.
So this movie takes place before the original movie?
Correct, the events of Rogue One take place before the 1977 film.
What about the Star Wars movie that came out last year? I liked that one.
Unfortunately, the events of Rogue One take place way, way before the 2015 film The Force Awakens, so don’t expect to see any of those characters in Rogue One.
Weren’t there other Star Wars movies out like 10 years ago?
Correct again! The Prequel Trilogy (comprising of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith) takes place before Rogue One.
We know it’s a little confusing, so here’s a timeline:
Prequel Trilogy – Rogue One – Original Trilogy – The Force Awakens
Do I need to watch the other Star Wars movies before I go see Rogue One?
You don’t need to, but you should anyway, if you wanna be cool… Dont you wanna be cool?
Yes. Will Chewbacca be in this movie?
Probably not, but we have our fingers crossed.
Who is in this movie?
Rogue One features Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything, Like Crazy) as Jyn Erso, the main character tasked with stealing the Death Star plans. On her trail is the villainous imperial Director Krennic, played by Ben Mendelshon (The Dark Knight Rises, ‘Girls’).
Good, I’ll try to remember all that.
Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.