Rogue One hits theaters this weekend

OWEN BRYAN, Staff Writer

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Ever since its release on May 25, 1977, Star Wars has many worldwide fans. With the original trilogy grossing over $1.6 billion, the Star War fandom continues to be a pinnacle of universal culture.

On December 16, a spin-off film set in between the events of episodes three and four will be available in theaters. Ever since the announcement of another Star Wars film, many fans have been counting down the days until the release. Now, fans wait for the next Star Wars box office hit: Rogue One.

The movie focuses on Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a rebel alliance soldier. Jyn leads a team of misfit rebels, the “Rogue” squadron. The main plot focuses on retrieving the plans and weaknesses of the Death Star. The Death Star is a super weapon being built by the Galactic Empire capable of destroying entire planets.

As of right now, there will be very few characters from the official Star Wars canon, including no Jedi. The film is more of a war film than a space fantasy.

The fans’ disappointment over the prequels was still very real in the time leading up to the newest Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. Last December, the series was rejuvenated with this movie, featuring a new story and cast.

There have been mixed opinions about the film. Some are convinced that Star Wars and Disney have gone “feminist”, having two consecutive female leads with Daisy Ridley as Rey and Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso.

The film will also differ from previous Star Wars films. It will be the first film without the first scene set in space and will not feature the iconic yellow Star Wars scroll at the beginning.

With only a week left, the excitement is growing exponentially. With over tens of thousands of tickets already sold, fans are brimming with the inevitable excitement of a new Star Wars film. Despite some skepticism, the film is predicted to earn around $130 million in total domestic box office sales. “Rogue One: a Star Wars Story” is on its way to be set in stone as a fan favorite Star Wars film.

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