Donnie Yen nearly passed on 'Rogue One' role

Amos Herrera
December 23, 2016

The film does have some script problems - unnecessary callbacks to characters from the original trilogy, which include some weird motion-capture performances, and the great, enigmatic Whitaker's mostly wasted plot thread, to name just two. Perhaps it is because, out of all the films in the George Lucas' epoch, it is the only one that refuses to pander to young children. "It's what marketing does, we just use the best of whatever you've done.' Towards the end you go, I know that's not in the film but the spirit of it is in the film". Audiences want to feel represented, want to be able to empathize with the characters and the stories they are seeing on the screen.

Director Gareth Edwards has spoken to Digital Spy about the movie's first draft and, instead of everyone dying, Jyn and Cassian lived happily ever after. Aww. The intensity starts nearly immediately, and Edwards seldom takes his foot off the throttle for the duration of the two hours and 14 minutes. Take this one with a pinch of salt for now, but the latest rumor suggests Luke Skywalker has shared his far-flung home with a population of cute - and possibly unsafe - alien creatures.

If you've seen Rogue One, then you know that one of the major elements that sets it apart both from previous Star Wars movies and from nearly every other blockbuster franchise installment out there is its ending. It's another strong, female role that refreshingly takes front and center.

When we talked, Luna had just received a gift from Disney - near-mint editions of the first Star Wars comics published in 1977, in Spanish. However, Tudyk's K-2SO does provide a dark sense of humor, unlike that of Anthony Daniel's C-3PO, for this film's comic relief.

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The deleted scenes Edwards included were from the iconic Death Star assault towards the end of the film, specifically the fan-favourite X-Wing callsign exchange that precedes the Rebel Alliance's attack on the Imperial superweapon (see below). "It's going to be really hard for any movie to catch up to this movie".

Perri himself isn't too big on the Star Wars franchise despite creating something that's so integral to the viewing experience. Rogue One explains how that weakness was there in the first place, and how the rebels were able to acquire information regarding it. And unlike a year ago, when there were one or two fellas in Jedi robes and at least one chubby middle-aged guy in Han Solo's trousers, collarless shirt, and vest, no one was dressed in costume.

And if you like Empire, then you should pick up Rebellion, which is essentially a continuation of the things Empire was doing with Star Wars-although this time a little more leaning into a mix of story arcs that focused on the Rebellion rather than the different facets of the Empire itself.

Michael Hallisey is Managing Editor of Spotlight Newspapers.

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