Friday, July 22, 2016

Rogue One Panel at Star Wars Celebration

I've been saying since 2014 I'm more hyped for Rogue One than Episode VII TFA, and after seeing the Rogue One Celebration Reel I can say with certainty I'm definitely more hyped for Rogue One!

Gareth Edwards says something during the reel that really surprised me, and the first person  I thought of was JJ Abrams.
"If you're too respectful of it (StarWars) and don't do anythingnew or different and take a risk then what are you bringing to the table".
That basically reiterated my (and many others) frustrations with TFA. Now whether that was a dig at JJ or a calculated line fed to him by Disney/LFL due to the negative backlash against the lack of originality in TFA may never be known.
So Gwendoline Christie (CA Phasma) hosted this panel and it felt a bit awkward, basically the entire cast was unsure just how much they were allowed to talk about, but it was enjoyable and seeing K2S0 drop Jyn's bag was hilarious. Gareth seemed extremely comfortable up there next to Kathleen Kennedy and it showed just how much of a fan he is of the franchise.
The entire cast is amazing,
Felicity Jones: Jyn Erso
Forest Witaker: Saw Gerrera Wookiepedia Saw_Gerrera
Mads Mikkelsen: Galen Erso
Ben Mendelsohn: Orson Krennic
Donnie Yen: Chirrut Imwe
Alan Tudyk: K2S0
Diego Luna: Cassian Andor
Riz Ahmed: Bodhi Rook
Jiang Wen: Baze Wen
Genevieve O'Reilly: Mon Mothma

December 16, 2016 will be a day long remembered