Thursday, March 3, 2016

Description of 'Rogue One' Footage Shown at Disney Shareholders Event

By: Dominic Jones

The annual Disney Shareholders meeting was today in Chicago and Star Wars was, of course, front and center.  Of course he big announcement was that The Force Awakens will be hitting blu-ray on April 5th, but also at the event a "sizzle reel" of footage from the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was screened.  According to /Film, here's what was shown,

Most of it was very quick. A shot of the black stormtrooper, possibly called Death Troopers as previously reported, another pic of that same style of helmet and armor but all chrome, reminiscent of Captain Phasma from The Force Awakens, an image showed two AT-ATs that had a slightly different look with the door panel on the side of the body painted a lighter beige color. And a couple cast photos were shown, one of Felicity & Diego Luna and another of Donnie Yen. The clip featured Felicity’s character on what looked like the inside of a ship or shuttle with her arm up holding on and the hatch/ramp open behind her. I wish I could remember what she said as part of the sizzle but it went by too fast. The new stormtroopers looked great. …

It all looked great, had a classic Star Wars/A New Hope look & feel. Bob Iger said that they didn’t have footage but that it & Episode VIII had been filming as previously stated. I’m definitely more excited for the film since it will be set close to the classic trilogy time & like I said it definitely had a similar look/feel.

That footage sounds awesome!  With the promotion for The Force Awakens finally drawing to a close once the blu-ray is out, hopefully we'll start to see some trailers and other promotion for Rogue One.  A Lucasfilm employee in the crowd at the shareholders event joked that only one person clapped when Rogue One was mentioned, which seems to reflect the general lack of awareness about the film from people outside the Star Wars bubble.  Granted, there are still many months until Rogue One hits theatres, and of course by the time it's in theatres everybody will know about it.  It does seem a bit odd that we have seen more footage from Episode VIII, which comes out a year later, than we have from Rogue One, which comes out in nine months.

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