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Rogue One (2016)

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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. It is the first stand-alone film in the Star WarsAnthology series. Rogue One stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker, and follows Jyn Erso, the daughter of the unwilling designer of the Galactic Empire’s superweapon, the Death Star, and her quest to retrieve his plans for destroying it.

Produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the film is chronologically set between Revenge of the Sith (2005) and A New Hope (1977). 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. Rogue One premiered in Los Angeles on December 10, 2016, and was released in the United States on December 16, 2016. The film received positive reviews from critics and has grossed $62 million worldwide.

Research scientist Galen Erso and his family are in hiding when Orson Krennic, Director of Advanced Weapons Research for the Imperial Military, comes to take Galen to forcibly work on the unfinished Death Star, a space station capable of destroying entire planets. After his wife is kiled, their daughter Jyn escapes and is taken into safety by Saw Gerrera. Thirteen years later, Bodhi Rook, an Imperial pilot defects and smuggles a holographic message from Galen for the Rebel Alliance to Gerrera on the planet Jedha. An adult Jyn is freed from Imperial captivity by the Rebellion, who plan to use her to track down her father, then kill him to prevent the weapon being built.

Jyn and Rebel officer Cassian Andor and his droid K-2SO, arrive on Jedha where there is an armed uprising against the Empire. With the aid of blind warrior Chirrut Îmwe and mercenary Baze Malbus, she finds Gerrera, who is holding Rook. He shows her the hologram, in which her father expresses his love for her and discloses his coerced help on the project. The hologram also reveals that her father covertly compromised the Death Star’s design by including a subtle vulnerability in its reactor that can be used to destroy it. He tells her that the structural plans are at an Imperial high-security data bank on the planet Scarif.

Grand Moff Tarkin meets with Krennic on the Death Star and expresses skepticism about the project and its management. As a demonstration, Krennic uses the weapon to destroy Jedha’s capital and crush the insurgency led by Gerrera, forcing Jyn and her group to flee with Rook, while Gerrera elects to remain and die with the city. Tarkin congratulates Krennic, then uses security breaches under Krennic’s command as a pretext to take over control of the project.

The Rebels track Galen to an Imperial research facility, but he is fatally injured during a Rebel bombing raid and dies in Jyn’s arms. Just before the attack, he admits to Krennic that he was responsible for the information leak but does not state the nature of the leaked message.

Jyn proposes a plan to steal the Death Star schematics from Scarif, but with her father and Gerrera dead and the hologram destroyed, the Rebel leadership have no way of verifying her story and cannot agree on a plan. Frustrated at their inaction, Jyn, Andor, K-2SO, and a number of rebels take a ship to raid the data bank themselves. As the three search the data bank for the design plans, the rest of their team set off explosives and commence firing in the nearby landing area in order to distract the resident stormtroopers. They are joined off-planet by the Rebel space fleet which has belatedly decided to help by attacking the space station that controls access to the planet, and also by Krennic who aims to review all of Galen’s communications to discover what information had been sent by Galen and restore his reputation. Jyn obtains the schematics from the data vaults while K-2SO is destroyed fending off stormtroopers. Rook, Îmwe, Malbus and several Rebels are killed and Jyn is confronted by Krennic, who declares the Empire’s inevitable victory, only to be shot by Andor.

Tarkin decides to use the Death Star to destroy the compromised base, while Jyn uses the base communication system to send the Death Star schematics to the Rebel command ship; Jyn and Andor die as the base is annihilated. An Imperial force led by Darth Vader intercepts and boards the command ship, but as they fight for control, a blockade runner escapes with the schematic plans in the possession of Princess Leia, who acknowledges the stolen plans will provide hope.

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