Disney’s annual shareholder meeting was held this week, wherein CEO Bob Iger took the opportunity to dazzle people with clips from the Mouse House’s upcoming movie slate. Naturally, that involved a first look at fresh footage from Gareth Edwards’ spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. To date, we still know relatively little about the movie, bar the sparse logline released last year.
In case you’d forgotten, Iger took the time to recap on those story details, confirming that Rogue One takes place immediately prior to the first Star Wars movie:
“It’s our first original standalone Star Wars story. It’s about a band of rebels who are plotting to steal the plans for the Death Star. The action takes place right before the events in the very first Star Wars movie, Episode IV, which was called A New Hope. And I can’t wait for you to see it, it’s in theaters this December.”
As luck would have it, a /Film reader happened to be in attendance and managed to recant the details of the Rogue One footage that Iger went on to showcase. Every moment from the movie was included in a larger “sizzle reel” that also introduced first looks at Beauty and the Beast and Doctor Strange, and a new scene from Captain America: Civil War.
Here are the details on the Rogue One footage:
“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.”
This is exciting stuff to hear, certainly, but it highlights the fact that we’ve still not been delivered a proper trailer. Come on Disney, this is Star Wars – don’t we normally get teasers over a year out?
Starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Jonathan Aris, and Alan Tudyk, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens worldwide on December, 16 this year.