And just like its lead character, Jyn Erso, the film rebels against the status quo.
Following Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, plans were announced for a series of anthology films that would tell standalone stories, separate from the ongoing episodic saga about the Skywalker family that fans have adored since the release of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977.
Rogue One is the first of those films, still set “a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away,” but introducing brand new characters and exploring unseen parts of the Star Wars universe. It’s a prequel (not like the ones you’re thinking of) which takes place just before the events of A New Hope, when a group of unlikely heroes band together to deal a substantial blow to the Empire.
Remember the opening crawl of the first Star Wars movie?