Rogue One returning to theaters with special Star Wars: Andor preview

Photo: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Jyn Erso. Copyright: 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™, All Rights Reserved.
Photo: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Jyn Erso. Copyright: 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™, All Rights Reserved. /

The anthology film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — the first live-action theatrical film in a galaxy far, far away that wasn’t categorized as an “episode” of the saga — is returning to theaters for a special event this month.

On August 26, the film will play in select IMAX theaters across the United States. The screening will also include an exclusive look at Star Wars: Andor, the upcoming Disney+ series featuring Cassian Andor and Mon Mothma.

Rogue One was originally released on December 16, 2016 in the year between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. The film tells the story of the rebel heroes responsible for obtaining the Death Star plans from the Empire, which allowed the rebels to coordinate a successful attack on the battle station in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

This storytelling era has sparked multiple books, and will now produce a TV show. Prior to the film’s release, James Luceno’s Catalyst told the story of Jyn Erso’s parents as they came to discover what the Empire was really working on behind-the-scenes. Another novel, Rebel Rising, focused on young Jyn’s upbringing with Saw Gerrera and his group of rebel fighters.

Now, Andor — which takes place over the five years leading up to Rogue One — will follow Cassian Andor before meeting Jyn and taking on the mission that would lead to saving the galaxy from Imperial reign. In this time, Cassian was working as part of the Rebel Alliance’s intelligence network, codename: Fulcrum. The story will also focus on Mon Mothma’s dealing as an Imperial Senator secretly coordinating an uprising against the very government she pretends to serve.

Star Wars: Andor will premiere its first three episodes on September 21 exclusively on Disney+.

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