Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (or simply Rogue One) is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, from a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta. The film, a Lucasfilm production and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, and Forest Whitaker. The story follows Jyn Erso, daughter of the unwilling designer of the Galactic Empire‘s superweapon the Death Star, and her mission to retrieve the schematics so the Death Star can be destroyed.
The first film in the Star Wars Anthology series, Rogue One is set immediately before the events of A New Hope and is the first live-action Star Wars film to not feature an opening crawl. Principal photography began at Elstree Studios near London during early August 2015 and wrapped in February 2016, with reshoots and additional filming taking place in mid-June 2016. The film premiered in Los Angeles on December 10, 2016 and was released in the United States on December 16, 2016.
Rogue One received generally positive reviews, with praise for its acting, action sequences, musical score, and darker tone, although some criticism was directed at its use of computer-generated imagery to revive certain characters. It has grossed over $980 million worldwide, making it the fourth highest-grossing film of 2016.
Research scientist Galen Erso and his family are in hiding on the planet Lah’mu when Imperial weapons developer Orson Krennic arrives to press him into completing the Death Star, a space station-based superweapon capable of destroying an entire planet. Galen’s wife Lyra is killed in the confrontation, but their daughter Jyn escapes and is taken to safety by Rebel extremist Saw Gerrera.
Fifteen years later, cargo pilot Bodhi Rook defects from the Empire, smuggling a holographic message from Galen to Gerrera on the desert moon of Jedha. Rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor frees Jyn from an Imperial labor camp and brings her to the Rebel leaders, who convince her to rescue Galen so the Alliance can learn more about the Death Star. Unbeknownst to Jyn, Cassian is covertly ordered to kill Galen rather than extract him.
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