in about 100 words or less
US 133m, Colour
Director: Gareth Edwards; Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, Riz Ahmed, Forest Whitaker
Rogue One is a dark chapter in the Star Wars saga that tells the story of how Princess Leia came to acquire the plans to the original death star. This is a film for the fans that further develops the universe and which requires knowledge of Star Wars (1977) to be fully appreciated. Aside from Darth Vader’s appearance, the film’s highlight is the computer generated character of Grand Moff Tarkin. Originally played by Peter Cushing, who died in 1994, Tarkin’s character is eerily recreated and serves a technical benchmark in film. Though much debated, such efforts are likely to become increasingly important in the future of film making and in the Star Wars franchise (Klaus Ming January 2017).