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My reaction to the trailer was "cool, chrome stormtrooper!" I remain cautiously optimistic, but underwhelmed by the teaser.

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I was at work and said the new Star Wars trailer is out. Me and a coworker watched it and high fived after. The melted Vader helmet. The crashed Star Destroyers. It's perfect. I don't know much about the movie itself, but I saw everything I needed to to get excited about it.

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"Chewie, we're home."

<Happy, nostalgic sigh>

Abrams and Hollywood, I'm putting you on notice. if you screw this up, I'm going to come over there and burn Hollywood to the ground. TO!! THE!!! FUCKING!!!! GROUND!!!!!!

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I think it looks really cool. Everything looks visually gripping, it's all shiny and new-looking.

Not a big Star Wars fan, so sorry if my thoughts aren't as deep as others. It is weird to see Harrison Ford dressed as Han looking so old, because he comes off as a completely different person than Han was in the original movies.

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I know the official word is that the desert planet is called Jakku but wouldn't it be hilarious if it was the aftermath of Endor? I know the Endor Holocaust has been explicitly said not to happen but still.

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The Rebels trailer was also quite good. They screened at least one episode too and everyone who saw it seems to be praising their portrayal of Darth Vader. James Earl Jones is doing the voice too.

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Yeah, I'd post the Rebels season 2 trailer here, but honestly it's pretty spoileriffic for the Season 1 finale, and, seriously, everybody needs to go watch Season 1 of Rebels. It's kinda ho-hum and low-key at first, but it ramps up to an amazing level by the end.

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Fans here at Star Wars Celebration continue to get new nuggets of information, and today we got a glimpse of Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and the first description of the plot. During a panel, Edwards stated that the film will take place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and will be about a group of rebels banding together to steal plans for the Death Star. Those plans are what allowed Luke Skywalker to destroy the battle station in the original film. Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy and Kiri Hart also announced the formal name for the new standalone films: they will be called "anthology films."

Rogue One won't be a film about people with The Force or the Jedi in general, Edwards said. Instead "it comes down to a group of individuals who don't have magical powers that have to somehow bring hope to the galaxy." He showed off a brief teaser for the film, made with the cooperation of Industrial Light & Magic (the film hasn't started shooting yet). The teaser stars with Obi-Wan Kenobi's voice-over from the first Star Wars , talking about how the Jedi established peace in the galaxy "before the dark times, before the Empire." The camera tracks over a jungle valley as the voice-over continues. A lone TIE Fighter then soars overhead, heading towards the outline of what looks like a nearby moon... but is actually the Death Star.

Felicity Jones, whose casting has already been announced, will play a Rebel soldier involved in the mission. Edwards underscored that the film is aiming for realism, and that it's a no-holds-barred war picture. "It's the reality of war. Good guys are bad. Bad guys are good. It's complicated, layered; a very rich scenario in which to set a movie."

The idea for the film came from award-winning visual effects artist John Knoll, who pitched the idea internally before bringing it to Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm's Kiri Hart. The process led to the company looking internally for other story options for the Star Wars films — a process that sounds similar to what Pixar does with its short film program.

Edwards explained that he was first pitched the idea for Rogue One when he was in the middle of Godzilla, and was so burned out that he was hoping he wouldn't like the project — even though he is a lifelong Star Wars fan. "Please be rubbish, please be rubbish, please hate it," he remembered thinking when reading the original description. "And then I got to the end and I was just, 'Oh, fuck.'"

Rogue One starts shooting this summer, and will be released in December of 2016. It's obviously far too early to tell what the finished film will look like and things are still in motion, but the idea of setting films inside the Star Wars universe across different genres holds incredible potential if handled correctly. Judging from the seriousness with which everyone involved in Rogue One is approaching the project, things look extraordinarily promising.

http://www.theverge.com/2015/4/19/8451743/star-wars-rogue-one-plot-description

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Adam Driver rolling with Snowtroopers made me even more excited for the movie. Lupita Nyong'o playing a CGI character is weak as hell though. You get an Oscar winning actress from a Best Picture winning film with a ton of buzz around her and you have her play a CG character? Not to mention the issues Hollywood has with representation she'd help offset.

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I really think this is a situation where you need to wait and see. If Andy Serkis proved anything with Gollum, it's that a motion capture performance can still be a hell of a performance.

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I love Gollum, I love Apes, and I'm sure her performance will be great. It just seems like a baffling choice.

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It's a baffling choice if you're coming at it backwards like we are. It's not like they cast Lupita and then decided she would be CG later. They probably cast her as a character they knew was going to be CG from the get-go.

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On one hand, he has become one of the most prolific actors of our generation and rich beyond what most actors achieve. On the other hand, most of his fans couldn't pick him out in a lineup.

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Jake Lloyd arrested after leading cops on a car chase in SC.

This guy has had the fucking shittiest life. He has received unending scorn for being miscast in a movie that the Internet deemed the worst thing ever, got blamed for a lot of crap that wasn't his fault, and has had to listen to it his entire life, to the point where he had to leave school more than once. I hope he straightens things out.

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Apparently up to this point, he's been a really nice guy with a very loving family, but he's never been able to escape the shadow of Little Ani. It's awful.

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