Felicity Jones in a scene from the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Felicity Jones in a scene from the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Disney

Rogue One keeps Star Wars excitement alive

DO you remember the name of last year's Star Wars film?

It was The Force Awakens, and although slightly disappointing, it kept the Star Wars franchise alive and the saga going on in our minds.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is meant to be a very different film and it's expected to do better than its predecessor.

This film is a prequel to the original 1977 film Star Wars - A New Hope, offering the beginning of the Death Star's storyline.

Jyn Erso, a Rebellion soldier and criminal, is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when Mon Mothma sets her out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.

With help from the Rebels, a master swordsman, and non-allied forces, Jyn will be in for something bigger than she thinks.

This is the first instalment in the Star Wars: Anthology series.

The original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) features one shot of the main heroes standing outside the Yavin IV temple.

Although the temple itself was a matte painting, the actors in the foreground, including various Rebels and their transports, were filmed at Cardington Sheds in Bedfordshire, England.

The Rogue One crew returned to the same location to film not only exteriors, but this time also recreated the interior of the Rebel base there.

This is the eighth live action Star Wars movie so far (excluding the holiday special and two Ewok TV movies).

Star Wars: Episode VIII is due for release in December, 2017.

There are midnight advanced screenings of Rogue One next Wednesday, December 14. Check with your local cinemas for details.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens nationally on December 15.