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Details leaked on first footage from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

March 5th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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We’re still patiently awaiting the first trailer from Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but it looks as though it’s well on its way. Footage from the film was shown to Disney shareholders this week, which means the process of beginning the marketing campaign is at an advanced stage.

Many were expecting Disney to attach the first trailer before Captain America: Civil War but that isn’t until May so it’s likely it will be released online well in advance of that.

For right now though, we have a description of the brief footage that was shown at the Disney shareholders meeting, thanks to a slashfilm.com (via Squareeyed) reader, named Matthew Hansen.

He said: “Most of it was very quick. A shot of the black stormtrooper, possibly called Death Troopers as previously reported, another pic of that same style of helmet and armour but all chrome, reminiscent of Captain Phasma from The Force Awakens, an image showed two AT-ATs that had a slightly different look with the door panel on the side of the body painted a lighter beige colour.

“And a couple cast photos were shown, one of Felicity & Diego Luna and another of Donnie Yen. The clip featured Felicity’s character on what looked like the inside of a ship or shuttle with her arm up holding on and the hatch/ramp open behind her. I wish I could remember what she said as part of the sizzle but it went by too fast. The new stormtroopers looked great.”

Disney CEO Bob Iger is quoted as saying: “It’s our first original standalone Star Wars story. It’s about a band of rebels who are plotting to steal the plans for the Death Star. The action takes place right before the events in the very first Star Wars movie, Episode IV, which was called A New Hope. And I can’t wait for you to see it, it’s in theatres this December.”

Iger comments pinpoint the exact stage in the Star Wars timeline that Rogue One takes place, immediately before A New Hope — this perhaps increases the chance of seeing Princess Leia in the film considering she possesses the plans at the start of Episode IV.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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