It’s hard to believe that over four months have gone by since many of us were dashing out to see Lucasfilm’s first ever Star Wars anthology film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Making its theatrical debut on December 15th last year, the movie soared to the top flight, crossing the $1 billion mark on January 22nd. The studio could not have asked for a better result, and Rogue One affirms the decision to continue putting out anthology films between each main saga title, the next of which, Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Episode VIII) will be released later this year.
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Rogue One showed audiences the events leading up to the beginning of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), bringing characters such as Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin back to the big screen – looking more high-def and CGI-ish than ever before. The movie, however, mainly followed the story of courageous young rebel Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), whose father had an, unwilling, hand in creating the Death Star superweapon. Erso is recruited by the rebel alliance to locate her father, along with her rag-tag team, in order to find a way to destroy the Death Star before it becomes fully functional.
In a new video, via Barre Fong, the final scene of Rogue One, where Darth Vader storms through a rebel ship killing off gunmen one-by-one as the blueprints for the Death Star are passed along the ship’s corridor as if they were a baton in a relay race, and the first scene of A New Hope, where Darth catches up with the escaped rebels and his blueprints (and Princess Leia of course).
The “splicing” of the two scenes really highlights how faithfully made Rogue One is, presenting a new story while balancing the source material very well.