Catch up on all the highlights from the live stream of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s red carpet premiere in Los Angeles.
For the Lucasfilm cast and crew, a host of celebrities, and a few lucky fans and press, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is no longer far, far away.
Tonight, the first Star Wars standalone film premiered to a select audience in Los Angeles. To make the night special for the fans at home and tide us over until December 16th, Lucasfilm live-streamed the red carpet action on YouTube. Now that the event is over, we’ve got the highlights of the event for you below.
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The live stream hosted by Andi Gutierrez, Peter Townley, David C. Collins, and Anthony Carboni showed red carpet interviews, clips from the movie, behind the scenes featurettes, and more. The best interviews were those with the cast and crew of Rogue One. Nearly everyone was there: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Alan Tudyk, director Gareth Edwards, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and so many others who helped bring Rogue One to this night. Even classic Star Wars actors, like Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), attended this seminal event in Star Wars history.
Amid all the hustle and bustle of the live stream, a few moments stood out. One fun celebrity moment was Alan Tudyk claiming he had it harder walking on stilts as K-2SO than Donnie Yen did playing a blind man. Yen, of course, feels differently. The eye inserts he had to wear in the role of Chirrut Imwe made his acting job much more uncomfortable than Tudyk’s stilts.
A second great moment was Star Wars Rebels director Dave Filoni implying we will see Rogue One connections in Rebels, now that the film and all its secrets are making it out into the world. We already knew, per Filoni, that we would see Rogue One‘s influence in Rebels eventually. How much of an influence the standalone film will exert on the animated series, we have to wait until season 3 of the latter picks back up in January to find out.
Finally, a Star Wars premiere would not be complete without Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy addressing the future of Star Wars films. Asked by Andi Gutierrez about how Rogue One is different from past Star Wars films, Kennedy answered, “I think we’re taking a risk.”
"“…if we’re going to keep Star Wars alive… we have to keep pushing ourselves, and we have to keep pushing those stories and finding new adventures and finding new technology.”"
The worst thing that could happen to Star Wars is it become stuck in a rut of rinse-repeat story lines and characters. Kennedy is a smart leader in that she recognizes how important it is Lucasfilm not sink into that stagnation. She’s the reason we’re getting a great new film like Rogue One. And she will be the reason for many great and unique Star Wars films to come.
To watch the full Rogue One red carpet live stream, follow the link here.
Rogue One premieres in theaters nationwide in the U.S. on December 16th.