A select audience had the opportunity to take in about 28 minutes of footage from the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and their reactions are have started piling up on social media.
Fans started to worry when news of extensive reshoots and conflicting visions started making their out of the studio, but if these reactions are anything to go by, those fears might have been unwarranted.
Highlights of the footage include a scene-stealing K-2SO (played by Alan Tudyk) and a much more visceral type of action not seen in the earlier films, with terms like violent, tense, and fierce used to describe it. You can find the reactions that have made their way out so far included below.
ROGUE ONE footage we saw was opening 10 min or so plus a few more complete scenes and a montage of other stuff from 2nd and 3rd act.— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) December 3, 2016
Just saw 28 minutes of ROGUE ONE at Skywalker Ranch. Honestly looks fantastic. Massive scope. Multiple world's. Huge action. Fuck yes.— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) December 3, 2016
With all the talk of ROGUE ONE reshoots and troubled production...Doesn't matter...footage was really awesome and can't wait to see more— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) December 3, 2016
Just watched 28 minutes of #RogueOne and I absolutely loved every second. Fierce, relentless action. K-2SO is my new favorite droid— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) December 3, 2016
We just saw 28 minutes of sneak peek footage of #RogueOne at Skywalker Ranch! Fans will find plenty that is familiar and fresh.— IMDb (@IMDb) December 3, 2016
Saw 28 minutes of #RogueOne. So far, so very good. Gritty as hell. K-2SO is hilarious. And the emotion is going to be strong with this one.— Kevin Polowy (@djkevlar) December 3, 2016
I just watched 28 minutes of #RogueOne and it's so goooooooooood— Jim Vejvoda (@JimVejvoda) December 3, 2016
More will surely follow, as other screenings at Lucasfilm are set to take place later today.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits US theaters December 16, 2016. Directed by Gareth Edwards, it's the first of the new standalone features from Lucasfilm and Disney, which take place outside the core "Skywalker Saga" of films noted by an Episode number. Rogue One tells the story of the small band of rebels that were tasked with stealing the plans to the first Death Star. The story spins directly off the opening crawl from the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. In that crawl, it read: "Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet."
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