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We’ll be the first to admit that after the disappointment of The Force Awakens, we weren’t excited about Rogue One. Then after the teaser dropped, we still weren’t enthused. There were just too many weird elements, like Donnie Yen beating down opponents with kung fu. But it’s amazing how a single trailer can reverse an opinion! We’re actually kind of pumped for this one now. Plus, we didn’t know that Riz Ahmed was in this! Ever since we saw him in Four Lions and then again in Nightcrawler, we thought he was a great actor. It was also nice to see him in Jason Bourne, even though it was an inconsequential role in a mediocre movie. We hope he keeps coming up in Hollywood flicks.

About the Film

“‘Rogue One’ takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe,” says producer Kathleen Kennedy. “It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. Gareth is such an innovative director and I’m so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he’s selected for ‘Rogue One.’”

Rogue One opens on December 16, 2016.