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How Star Wars: Rogue One Created Grand Moff Tarkin

January 7, 2017
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How Star Wars: Rogue One Created Grand Moff Tarkin

Bringing back the late Peter Cushing for a story taking place before the 1977 “Star Wars” was a CGI challenge

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. The film, a Lucasfilm production and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. The story follows Jyn Erso, daughter of the unwilling designer of the Galactic Empire‘s superweapon the Death Star, and her mission to retrieve the schematics so it can be destroyed.

The first film in the Star Wars Anthology series, Rogue One is set after the events of Revenge of the Sith and immediately before the events of A New Hope, and is the first live-action Star Wars film to feature neither an episode number nor an opening crawl. 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. The film premiered in Los Angeles on December 10, 2016 and was released in the United States on December 16, 2016.

Rogue One received generally positive reviews, with praise for its acting, action sequences, musical score and darker tone, although some criticism was directed at its use of computer-generated imagery to revive certain characters and lack of character development. It has grossed over $844 million worldwide, making it the seventh highest-grossing film of 2016.

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