The Force has been strong with Rogue One‘s marketing push, so you probably already know the basics of the film’s story: Back before the events of 1977’s original Star Wars, a team of Rebels stole the plans that would eventually help Luke Skywalker blow up the Death Star. Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Diego Luna as Capt. Cassian Andor, and Alan Tudyk as the droid K-2SO lead the heist, with Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen, and Forest Whitaker making up the rest of this magnificent galactic seven.
“The thing every [filmmaker] typically struggles with is ‘How does it end?'” says director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). “But we knew how our film was going to end. Our problem became ‘How do we reverse engineer from that and know where to start?’ You’ve got a finite number of options and you go through them all like a puzzle to find the one that’s going to lead to the strongest result.” One of the most important pieces: Darth Vader, back to menace the deep reaches of space once again.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on Dec. 16. See a new image from the film below, and pick up this week’s Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday or available to buy here, for more from this year’s Holiday Movie Preview.
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