DIKSIA.COM - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a film that stands out from the rest of the Star Wars saga. It is not a part of the main episodic series, nor is it a spin-off focused on a single character. It is a standalone film that tells a story that is both familiar and new, a story that connects the dots between the prequel and the original trilogy, a story that shows the darker and more realistic side of the galaxy far, far away.
Rogue One is the first of the Star Wars anthology films, a series of films that explore different aspects of the Star Wars universe outside of the Skywalker saga. It was released in 2016, directed by Gareth Edwards, and written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, based on a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta. It stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, and Forest Whitaker.
The film follows a group of rebels who band together to steal the plans of the Death Star, a moon-sized battle station constructed by the Galactic Empire that can destroy an entire planet or moon. The film is set a week before the events of Star Wars (1977), also known as Episode IV: A New Hope, and details the Rebel Alliance's first effective victory against the Empire.
Rogue One was a critical and commercial success, receiving positive reviews from critics and fans alike, and grossing over $1 billion worldwide. It was praised for its acting, story, visuals, musical score, cinematography, and the darker and more serious tone compared to previous Star Wars films. It also received two Academy Award nominations for Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects.
But what makes Rogue One so special and unique? How did it revolutionize the Star Wars franchise and why is it a must-watch for fans? In this article, we will explore these questions and more, and show you how Rogue One is the Star Wars story that changed everything.
The Story Behind the Story
Rogue One has a fascinating origin story that dates back to the early days of Star Wars. The idea for the film came from John Knoll, a visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic, the company founded by George Lucas to create the special effects for Star Wars. Knoll was a fan of Star Wars since he was a teenager, and he was inspired by the opening crawl of the original film, which reads:
It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. Pursued by the Empire's sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy…
Knoll wondered who were these rebel spies and how did they manage to steal the plans of the Death Star. He imagined a story that would fill in the gap between the prequel and the original trilogy, and show the sacrifices and heroism of the rebels who made the events of Star Wars possible. He pitched his idea to Lucasfilm in 2003, but it was rejected at the time, as Lucasfilm was focused on developing the prequel trilogy and the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.