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Rogue One Early Reactions Suggest Force Has Awakened Again

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Rogue One Early Reactions Suggest Force Has Awakened Again

Although reviews of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” remain under embargo, initial reactions following Saturday’s Hollywood premiere indicate the standalone film is every bit as good as franchise fans had hoped. And all of that hand-wringing about the reshoots may have been for nothing.

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The first in a planned series of “Star Wars” anthology movies — the untitled Han Solo feature follows in 2018 — is being described as “fun,” “action-packed,” “gritty,” “relentless” and, in the words of Kevin Smith, “unbelievably wonderful.” Felicity Jones and Alan Tudyk have been singled out for their portrayals of Jyn Erso and K-2SO, while fans eagerly anticipating the return of Darth Vader are said to be rewarded with “a moment of pure horror.”

Directed by Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla,” “Monsters”), “Rogue One” is set just prior to the events of 1977’s “Star Wars,” and centers on a ragtag group of Rebels as they undertake a dangerous mission to steal the plans for the Galactic Empire’s planet-destroying new superweapon, the Death Star. The most reject box-office projections place the film on a course to open somewhere between $280 million and $350 million worldwide; between $140 million and $150 million of that is expected to come from the United States and Canada.

Here’s a selection of some of the early reactions to “Rogue One” on Twitter:

Opening Dec. 15 in the United Kingdom and Dec. 16 in the United States, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker.

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