Before Luke fired the blast that detonated the Death Star, before Leia launched R2-D2 to a remote desert world with secret plans for that battle station, someone had to locate and steal those schematics.
Turns out, it was a team effort.
In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, we bring you an inside look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which explores just how the Rebellion came to possess the information that revealed the fatal flaw in the Empire’s super weapon. It’s a battlefield heist that fans have been imagining for nearly 40 years, described in the opening crawl of 1977’s original Star Wars, with little details scattered throughout.
The new film from director Gareth Edwards (2014’s Godzilla) will finally fit those pieces together to form a full story – revealing never-before-seen characters while also reintroducing a few classic ones. We’re confirming a big one on our cover: the galactic man in black himself, Darth Vader.
Here’s what else to expect this week from EW’s own peek at Lucasfim’s secret plans:
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For more on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday. And don’t forget to subscribe for exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. Along with the magazine feature, EW.com will host expanded coverage in the days ahead. Coming up this morning: a breakdown of all the new major characters…