Incredibly, there's only one week left – yes, one week! – until Rogue One: A Star Wars story blasts onto Cineworld screens. Here's why you need to book your tickets right now (unless, of course, you've already done so, in which case well done).
Don't expect your standard Star Wars movie
Forget what you think you know about the franchise. Rogue One promises to bring a grittier, war movie aesthetic to the series as it recounts the events leading up to the start of a new hope. Get introduced to the desperate struggle faced by Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and her band of rebels, as they fight to steal the plans for the awesomely destructive Death Star.
Having wowed us in movies like The Theory of Everything, Felicity now unleashes a previously unseen rebellious streak as the reluctant Jyn, a young woman with a troubled past who is drawn into an epic galactic struggle. Plus, her father Galen (Mads Mikkelsen) played a key role in designing the Death Star in the first place – that's got to create some issues.
Director Gareth Edwards is in charge
Edwards brought a spine-tingling sense of scale to his micro-budget Monsters (which, amazingly, featured effects made on his own laptop_ and the mega-budget Godzilla, so expectations are high for him to turn Rogue One into a visual work of art. On the basis of the trailers, it seems like he's fulfilled his mission with particular shot of the Death Star firing its primary weapon sending chills up the spine.
The universe opens up
We're getting introduced to a diverse cast of new characters, among them veteran fighter Saw Gerrera (Oscar-winner Forrest Whitaker), X-Wing Captain Cassian Andor (Y Tu Mama Tambien's Diego Luna) and martial arts badass Chirrut Imwe (Hong Kong megastar Donnie Yen). And we're also going to be seeing some striking new planets, one of which was brought to life by the lush tropical environment of the beautiful Seychelles Islands.
Darth Vader's back!
Let's face it, we've been waiting since 1983's Return of the Jedi for a decent continuation of evil Darth's story (sorry, the prequel trilogy just doesn't cut it for us). He doesn't appear much in the trailers but that's a good thing, his appearance being teased by a tantalising handful of brief shots. Plus, the legendary James Earl Jones has returned to lend his basso tones to the evil ruler. Yep, we're working ourselves into a frenzy right now.
Click here to book your tickets for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Let us repeat the important information again: the movie opens on 15th December.