One of the things that really impressed us – and there were many – in Star Wars: The Force awakens was how real it felt; gone was the CGI excessiveness of the prequels and back was the man-in-a-suit brilliance of the original movies.
Well now it looks like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is raising the bar even higher.
Director Gareth Edwards promises a darker, grittier, more realistic movie and now, according to Neal Scanlan, who worked on the creature effects in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One, has been talking about the look and feel of the aliens in the movie: “In the world of The Force Awakens there was a real mixture of all different kinds, very much like the original Cantina sequence (in A New Hope).”
He continues: “Working with Gareth now on Rogue One, he sees these aliens as being much more part of the human [world]. They co-habitate, they work together and so it’s pushed us very much to create characters that are more realistic. They move more realistically, they’re able to emote more than maybe the characters that we did for The Force Awakens. So they’re a closer part of the storytelling. They’re less of the world, and they’re more of this group who have a mission, and play a part in that.”
It’s interesting and, while we’re not entirely sure what he means since The Force Awakens was pretty populated with inacting aliens (Max Kananta for one), but we’re always up for more realistic and interactive aliens.