Gareth Edwards‘ venture into the world of Star Wars is getting closer, though we have yet to see any footage. However, Disney CEO Bob Iger has shown off a sizzle reel for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at a recent shareholders’ meeting, and a description has found its way online. By the sounds of it, the footage was very brief, but it does include some awesome-sounding shots.
Iger introduced the footage by clarifying the film’s plot, saying, “It’s our first original standalone Star Wars story. It’s about a band of rebels who are plotting to steal the plans for the Death Star. The action takes place right before the events in the very first Star Wars movie, Episode IV, which was called A New Hope. And I can’t wait for you to see it, it’s in theaters this December.”
The footage has been described as follows:
“Most of it was very quick. A shot of the black stormtrooper, possibly called Death Troopers as previously reported, another pic of that same style of helmet and armor but all chrome, reminiscent of Captain Phasma from The Force Awakens, an image showed two AT-ATs that had a slightly different look with the door panel on the side of the body painted a lighter beige color. And a couple cast photos were shown, one of Felicity [Jones] & Diego Luna and another of Donnie Yen. The clip featured Felicity’s character on what looked like the inside of a ship or shuttle with her arm up holding on and the hatch/ramp open behind her. I wish I could remember what she said as part of the sizzle but it went by too fast. The new stormtroopers looked great.”
The /Film reader who attended the meeting also gave his two cents on the footage. “It all looked great,” he said, “[the footage] had a classic Star Wars/A New Hope look & feel. Bob Iger said that they didn’t have footage but that it & Episode VIII had been filming as previously stated. I’m definitely more excited for the film since it will be set close to the classic trilogy time & like I said it definitely had a similar look/feel.”
We don’t yet know when we’ll get to see some footage from this movie, but the fact that they’ve been filming for a while and that Disney already edited together a sizzle reel might indicate that a trailer isn’t far from completion. Our best bet is that we’ll see something next month at Star Wars Celebration, but until then, stay tuned for more news regarding Rogue One, which releases December 16th, 2016.