Last year audiences were treated to the worldwide debut of the seventh episode in the long running Star Wars franchise. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the latest iteration to the franchise in years and its unveiling may have garnered widespread attention. Although Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the latest release in this inter-galactic adventure, the franchise had its origin decades earlier.
It was 1977 when the world got its first taste of director George Lucas’s cosmic voyage, Star Wars: A New Hope. Star Wars managed may have created a legacy through combining absorbing characters with a cinematic spectacle which aimed to push the limitations. Further complementing the characters and unique visuals was the rich world in which enveloped this tale. Robotic droids complete with personality, futuristic weaponry and the vast beauty which may be found among the stars. Each twinkle in the distance may have been a distinct world, representing the possibility of vast tundras, sweltering desserts or perhaps murky marshlands. These varied environments may have given Star Wars a sense of exploration and wonder as each new world may have hosted an array of distinct alien characters. Each inhabited the world a unique place and conveying a sense of scope and extra-terrestrial society to audiences.
Since its debut, the success of Star Wars may have resulted in the franchise finding a ubiquitous position within pop culture. From clothing, merchandise to parodies and imitations, the legacy of Star Wars may have permeated all aspects of media. It therefore comes with little surprise, an announcement of a new film in the franchise may be met with great delight. As Disney returns to the blockbuster space opera this generation, new and seasoned fans alike may find themselves attracted by each announcement. Disney’s latest announcement, however, was that the next Star Wars film would be titled Star Wars: Rogue One.
The pending release of Star Wars: Rogue One later this year might establish a new status quo for Disney which may see the production studio aim to release a new Star Wars film annually. With the unveiling of the latest theatrical trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One over 16 million people rushed to glimpse what the next installation of the franchise may have in store.That number may be staggering and serves to illustrate the affection this franchise still holds in the hearts of film goes.
Star Wars: Rogue One, aims to be the film of 2016, taking place prior to the events of the original 1977 release. In Star Wars: A New Hope, the on-screen cast set out to halt the advancement of the machinations Galactic Empire; however, in the prequel a group of unlikely heroes band together to acquire plans vital to the Galactic Empire’s success; plans which allow the events of Star Wars: A New Hope to be possible. By focusing on a key, yet unrevealed, scene in the Star Wars timeline, Disney and Lucasfilms aim to highlight an important moment in the Star Wars history.
The vision of director Gareth Edwards (who also directed Godzilla) may allow Rogue One to explore and expand upon the rich lore of the Star Wars universe. Conveying a distinct feel, Rogue One features a diverse cast of characters with humanity a central theme. In the trailer, beautiful wide-angle shots give panoramic views of each new location, which may add to the roster of worlds in the Star Wars franchise.
Disney aims to release Star Wars: Rogue One on the 16th December 2016
How might Star Wars: Rogue One, a prequel, maintain interest in an established franchise?