We’re barely more than a couple weeks away from the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story but it appears that Disney and Lucasfilm are planning to tease us one final time with the new film before it’s unveiled to the world.Today the studio announced they’ll be planning a big event to show off “never before seen” content from Rogue One. The event will take place on December 2 and will only be viewable on Twitter.
The event will begin at 10 AM Pacific time from a “surprise location” according to the press release sent out today. In addition to special behind-the-scenes footage, the event will also feature a Q&A that will include all the big names behind Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Director Gareth Edwards, Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy, and cast members Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed will all be there. Questions can be submitted during the event on Twitter using the hashtag #AskRogueOne.
We’ll certainly be keeping our eye on this event as it feels very much like the fan event that Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them held prior to their release. It was at that event that we learned that Fantastic Beasts would be a five-film franchise, so it’s possible some other major Star Wars news could be released here as well.
The last two weeks before the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will likely be part of a huge media blitz for the film. While one might assume that Rogue One is a guaranteed smash because of the Star Wars name, it seems clear that Lucasfilm and Disney are not making any assumptions about how the film will do. There’s still the possibility that the first “spin-off” film may not do as well as the rest of the franchise and so the plan here is to build hype and get people excited. There’s certainly enough excitement to crash Fandango when tickets went on pre-sale. Perhaps that’s not enough.
It’s difficult to say exactly what constitutes a hit for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as it is. The previous films have all broken box office records. If Rogue One doesn’t, does that mean that it’s a failure? How many hundreds of millions of dollars does the film have to make to be considered a hit, even if it doesn’t quite reach the level of the highest grossing domestic film of all time? We’re not sure even Disney has an answer to that question. This is the company that reportedly views Avengers: Age of Ultron a disappointment because it didn’t surpass The Avengers at the box office, after all.
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