Although the announcement Thursday of “Rogue One” likely led fans to assume the first “Star Wars” standalone film will center on X-Wing pilots, reports trickling out of the Disney investor presentation may suggest otherwise.
It turns out concept art was revealed for director Gareth Edwards’ film, described by Disney news blog Stitch Kingdom describes as: “Dozens of figures in fatigues appeared to be storming something with a strange helicopterish vehicle (open on the sides) in the background, releasing more troops.”
“It screamed ‘Halo’ to me,” the writer says, noting that the art was “very dark and done in greens, so it evoked the idea that it was being done under the cloak of night.”
That video-game franchise probably isn’t the first thing “Star Wars” fans think of when they hear “Rogue One.” The term instead evokes Rogue Squadron, the elite group of starfighter pilots established by Luke Skywalker, Arhul Narra and Wedge Antilles. Of course, the squadron’s leader has been traditionally referred to as “Rogue leader,” but “Rogue One” isn’t too far removed.
However, the Stitch Kingdom would seem to suggest a special-forces scenario rather than X-Wing pilots, elite or otherwise.
Slashfilm’s Peter Sciretta did his own sleuthing, even asking Los Angeles Times reporter Daniel Miller whether the art depicted orange jumpsuit-wearing pilots or possibly the bounty hunters early rumors had suggested. His answer? “Neither. They were masked but not whimsical looking like those bounty hunters (I realize whimsy & mercenaries don’t go together).”
Starring Felicity Jones, “Star Wars: Rogue One” opens Dec. 16, 2016.
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