5 Reasons Why We'll Still Be Talking About 'Rogue One' In 2017

Because... Donnie Yen. ;)

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If you've been to the cinema lately, you've definitely seen this trailer:

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' will tell the tale of a team of people aligned with the Rebel Alliance against the Galactic Empire who come together in order to steal the design plans of the Empire's new superweapon, the first Death Star.

So if you're not a 'Star Wars' fan, you probably just shrugged it off as something you wouldn't be interested in. But we're here to tell you that it should definitely earn a spot on everyone's 'Must Watch Movies' list, regardless of whether you're a 'Star Wars' fan or not.

Here's why:

1. It's a movie of firsts so there's no better time to delve into the 'Star Wars' world

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This movie marks two significant firsts: the first in a planned 'Star Wars' Anthology series consisting of stand-alone movies, and the first 'Star Wars' movie that isn't focused on the Skywalker legacy. So what this means is that you'll be able to understand and enjoy the movie without any background knowledge of the existing world.

Though it will technically serve as the missing link between the old (Episode IV, V, & VI) and new series of movies (Episode I, II, & III), the plot and characters are both fresh to the scene.

2. It's going to have a unique look and feel that sets it apart

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This will come across in both the filming style and plot execution. A guerrilla-style shooting technique was used to create an incredibly immersive movie-watching experience.

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Plus, the plot will be executed in a style that is more reminiscent of a war film rather than the typical style associated with sci-fi epics. There isn't even going to be an opening text crawl! Instead, there'll be a prologue to set up the events of the movie.

3. Donnie Yen a.k.a the iconic 'Ip Man' is going to be playing a pretty significant role

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Donnie freaking Yen guys. In a 'Star Wars' movie. Yep, enough said. We just know he's going to be as totally badass as he was in Ip Man so we seriously can't wait to see how he'll bring his character to life this time. #favouritecharacteralert

4. The focus will be on normal, everyday people and their values/motivations will be up for debate

While non-powered people have been present in the previous 'Star Wars' movies, they've usually been relegated to the sidelines (with the exception of Han Solo of course) while the Jedis run the show.

But this time, the focus on these people who have no control whatsoever of the Force will give us a completely different take on the universe. Plus, things aren't going to be as black and white as they usually are. Shades of gray will be abound as you're left to decipher between right and wrong.

Here's a brief introduction of the characters (from left to right):

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Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones): Putting behind a checkered past by lending her skills to a greater cause, Jyn Erso is impetuous, defiant, and eager to bring the battle to the Empire. Used to operating alone, she finds higher purpose by taking on a desperate mission for the Rebel Alliance.

Captain Cassian Andor (played by Diego Luna): An accomplished Alliance Intelligence officer with combat field experience, Captain Cassian Andor commands respect from his Rebel troops with his ability to keep a cool head under fire and complete his missions with minimal resources.

Director Orson Krennic (played by Ben Mendelsohn): As director of Advanced Weapons Research for the Imperial military, Orson Krennic is obsessed with the completion of the long-delayed Death Star project. A cruel but brilliant man, Krennic has staked his reputation on the delivery of the functional battle station to the Emperor.

K-2SO a.k. a Kay-Tuesso (voiced by Alan Tudyk): A reprogrammed Imperial security droid now loyal to the Alliance, K-2SO is an alarming sight standing within a secret Rebel base. The pragmatic droid is an effective insertion agent, as he can blend in perfectly at Imperial installations and outposts.

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Baze Malbus (played by Jiang Wen): The harsh reality of his Imperial-occupied home world has hardened Baze Malbus into a pragmatic soldier and a crack shot with his heavy repeater cannon. Baze has a bravado that provides a marked contrast to the spiritual centeredness of his best friend and moral compass, Chirrut Îmwe.

Chirrut Îmwe (played by Donnie Yen): Deeply spiritual, Chirrut Îmwe believes all living things are connected through the Force. His sightless eyes do not prevent him from being a highly skilled warrior. Though he lacks Force abilities, this warrior monk has rigorously honed his body through intense physical and mental discipline.

Saw Gerrera (played by Forest Whitaker): A battered veteran of the Clone Wars as well as the ongoing rebellion against the Empire, Saw Gerrera leads a band of Rebel extremists. Saw has lost much in his decades of combat, but occasional flashes of the charismatic and caring man he once was shine through his calloused exterior.

Bodhi Rook (played by Riz Ahmed): A former Imperial pilot, Bodhi has strong piloting and technical skills that he will put to use for the Rebellion. Ever practical, but highly anxious, Bodhi must gather his courage to bring the battle to the Empire.


5. The diversity and inclusion it showcases is groundbreaking

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The ensemble cast of 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' is by far the most diverse in all of 'Star Wars' history. We've got a strong female lead character plus an extended main group consisting of non-American Whites, African-Americans, Latinos and Asians, not to mention a substantial amount of non-human characters. And this diversity comes across in the telling of the story as well.

Actor Diego Luna said it best: "It sends a clear message of people very different from each other that apparently have nothing in common...their differences are on the side and they work together and achieve great things. It's a great message for the world we're living in. Let's celebrate our differences and recognize that makes us richer and stronger."

Don't forget to catch 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' in cinemas now. May the Force be with you!

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Did you know that Donnie Yen initially had doubts about accepting a role in 'Rogue One'?

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