For those who still aren’t certain what the deal is with this new Star Wars movie arriving next month, a featurette has been released that pretty much explains everything. In it, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards explains how his movie essentially takes place within the opening crawl of the very first Star Wars movie, A New Hope.
In that opening crawl it mentions how rebel spies managed to steal top secret plans that reveal how to destroy a new massive weapon the Empire is building. That weapon, of course, is the Death Star, which is destroyed by Luke Skywalker at the end of that first movie. But before the rebels used those plans, they had to steal them — and this is a movie about how that happened.
Apart from a clear explanation of where this movie sits in relation to all the others, the rest briefly introduces the diverse ensemble — though Edwards says the film clearly runs through its female lead, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) — and its cooler moments come when they show off some of the visual similarities between the new film and the one that immediately follows it in the Star Wars narrative timeline, A New Hope.
What other surprises await us in this new Star Wars movie, and the first to not be a part of the Skywalker story? We’ll find out when Rogue One opens in theaters on December 16.