Lucasfilm has released the third installment of its "Star Wars Go Rogue" series; short online videos advertising the upcoming "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" film and its accompanying toy line. The short follows rebels Jyn Erso, Captain Cassian Andor and their crew as they attempt to make off with some top secret Imperial building instructions. Meanwhile, Director Orson Krennic relies on his bumbling Stormtrooper army to thwart their attempts.
The short takes places on the rainy planet of Eadu and features actual, purchasable "Star Wars" toys animated by Dan MacKenzie and Tucker Barrie. MacKenzie has worked on several stop-motion animation projects, including Laika's "The Boxtrolls." Both MacKenzie and Barrie have worked on Amazon's "Tumble Leaf" series and Charlie Kaufman's "Anomalisa."
The series aims to raise awareness about an ongoing contest that challenges stop-motion animators to create their own two-minute "Star Wars Go Rogue" installment. The grand prize winner has a chance to visit the Lucasfilm campus, attend a screening of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," have their entry debut on a movie screen and visit Rancho Obi-wan. The contest opens for entries on September 30, 2016 and closes on October 21, 2016. Winners will be announced in early December.
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed. The film premieres in theaters December 16, 2016.