Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will display a whole new side of the galaxy far, far away. The prequel is set to be a darker chapter in the Star Wars story, and will have larger elements of a galactic war.
In an interview with Variety, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that he is not expecting Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to be as successful as last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a movie which grossed a worldwide total of $2.1 billion.
“We never felt it would do the level that Force Awakens did, but based on the response to the trailers and posters, the level of interest is as high as it was for Force Awakens.”
Disney feeling this way is not a major surprise. Rogue One looks and feels like a much darker movie than The Force Awakens, and doesn’t have legacy characters such as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Leia, but will feature Darth Vader which might draw more attention. It is also worth noting that The Force Awakens had a lot more mystery and attention because fans went years without a Star Wars movie, Rogue One is the first example of a yearly trip to the Star Wars universe.
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.