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On December 16 the very first anthology film in the history of the Star Wars Cinematic Universe — Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — will hit theaters. So, before you head out to see the movie event of the year, you need to make sure to educate yourself on this mysterious new movie, its new characters, planets, ships, and everything else that goes into building the first Star Wars standalone film, and we’re here with the perfect primer, so you can enjoy Rogue One in the theater like a pro…
First things first, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by British film director, screenwriter, and cinematographer, Gareth Edwards. In 2014, Edwards famously rebooted the Godzilla franchise rather successfully, which was probably a head-turner for Lucasfilm, during a time when it was looking for fresh young and talented directors that could help bring new Star Wars stories to the big screen.
Before Godzilla, Edwards made an independent science fiction film in 2010 titled Monsters. The film is about a NASA probe that crashes in Mexico and leads to the appearance of giant tentacled alien monsters. Edwards wrote, and directed the film, as well as serving as the cinematographer, production designer, and visual effects artist.
Gareth Edwards discusses Rogue One during the Twitter live-feed on December 2, 2016. Screen-shot (David Harris photo library)
So, as you can see, Gareth Edwards is definitely suited to work in the science fiction world of Star Wars. He is more than capable of bringing massive battled and struggles for humanity to life (Godzilla), and he has a knack for making aliens look like they are natural and real (Monsters). Rogue One is in good hands.