In Episode of “Spoil It” we discuss the recent release of Rogue One-A Star Wars Story.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story- The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow. Budgeted at $200 Million
On its opening weekend Rogue One pulled in just over $155mil in domestic ticket sales. Rogue One is currently sitting at $388 Million in worldwide ticket sales. Not bad for a film that one Hollywood insider stated that “Gareth’s work on the first ‘Godzilla’ [which came out in 2014] shows he can handle a big studio blockbuster. But ‘Rogue One’ has fallen short of what J.J. Abrams did with ‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.’ So Disney has ordered reshoots.”
Director: Gareth Edwards- Known for Monsters (2010) & Godzilla (2014)
Screenplay By: Chris Weitz- Known for About A Boy (2002) & Cinderella (2014)
Tony Gilroy- Known for The Bourne Series (2002-2012)
Story By: John Knoll- Known for his work as a Visual Effects Supervisor @ ILM. John worked on films such as Star Wars Ep. I, II & III
Gary Whitta- Known for Book of Eli and the upcoming Sherlock Holmes 3
Based on: George Lucas created characters
Felicity Jones: Jyn Erso (mc) <theory of everything, Inferno>
Diego Luna: Cassien Andor (main rebel) <The Book Of Life, Elysium>
Donnie Yen: -Chirrut imwe (monk) <ip man, Hong Kong Action Star>
Alan Tudyk: K2SO (robot) <Firefly, Transformers>
Wen Jiang: Baze Malbus (monk’s friend) <The Sun Also Rises>
Ben Mendelsohn: Orson Krennic (antagonist) <Killing Them Softly>
Forest Whitaker: Saw Gerrera (rebel extremist) <The Butler, The Last King of Scotland>
Riz Ahmed: Bodi Rook (imperial pilot turned rebel) <New Jason Bourne movie>
Mads Mikkelson: Galen Urso (Jyn’s father) <Doctor Strange and 007’s Casino Royal>
Ponda Baba and Dr. Cornelius Evazan (Two guys who pick a fight with Luke in A New Hope)
Blue Milk – Seen in the Erso house at the beginning of the film, Blue milk comes from Banthas.
Chopper (droid from Star Wars Rebels)
Yavin IV (rebel base in A New Hope)
Ghost (Ship piloted by Hera Syndulla in Star Wars Rebels) – Seen in the space battle as well as parked on Yavin IV
Hera Syndulla ( Announcement for General Syndulla) – Dave Filoni confirmed that in a recent interview!
Scope Dude (white helmeted rebel dude on Yavin IV that stands on a watchtower and seems to monitor incoming and outgoing ships. From A New Hope)
HAVw A6 Juggernaut (the transport Jyn was rescued from. Seen in Revenge of the Sith)
Bast Castle (Darth Vader’s lair on a lava planet that’s Mustafar Confirmed by Pablo Hidalgo) Also referenced by Kanan in Star Wars Rebels where Jedi go to die.
Black saber (one of the project names Cassien read off when looking for the Death Star plans. Could this have been a reference to Darksaber?)
Dejarik (alien chess game the rebels were playing, though this one was a physical rather than holographic version. From A New Hope and The Force Awakens)
Looking to 1977’s “A New Hope” there is an empty chair next to Grand Moff Tarkin at the infamous Imperial Meeting aboard the Death Star belonging to Director Krennic!. Empty since Krennic was recently killed!
In Saw Gerrera’s Mountain hideout you can see small paintings on the wall of Godzilla and other Monsters from his past films.
In Jyn’s childhood room we see all kinds of toys. The toys include a stormtrooper doll she called “Stormie”, a stuffed Loth Cat named “Koodie the Tooka”, a wampa doll, an IG-88 looking figure she calls “Mr. Iggy,” and a bunch of homemade toys including an R2 series Astromech, an Alderaan cruiser, a TIE Fighter, a Jedi cruiser, Imperial star destroyer and Jedi Fighter with hyperspace ring.
Did anyone else see the Director in the final scenes of the movie? Gareth Edwards was in the movie!
“I Have A Bad Feeling About This!” – A line spoken in EVERY Star Wars films so far and spoken by K-2SO this time. It’s only been said by One Character more than once! Anyone guess who?
The planet Wobani!!! OBI-WAN anagram!!
The line “It’s A Trap!” said by Saw in Rogue One….. Like Ackbar!
Anyone else catch that Warwick Davis (Wicket and Willow) returned to the Star Wars universe? He played Weeteef Cyu-Bee, one of Saw’s militia.
On Scarif, two troopers are discussing the retirement of the T-15 Skyhopper, which is a reference to A New Hope. When Obi-Wan Kenobi sneaks past a pair of Stormtroopers, who are discussing the introduction of a new T-16 ship.
Bail Organa – Jimmy Smitts
RED 5!! We see the original Red 5 crash and die, leaving the call sign open for Luke Skywalker.
The hammerhead corvettes from Star Wars Rebels!!
Red and Gold Leader!!!
THE CRAWL!! 1977’s A New Hope crawl states – “It is a period of civil war, rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire…. During the battle, rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the empires ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet….. Pursued by the Empire’s sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedo, to the galaxy!
Where is the franchise headed?
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