Rogue One concept art shows the birth of Darth Vader's shadowy lair, an explosive X-wing attack, and more

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It’s been nearly two months since Rogue One: A Star Wars Story came out, and since we haven’t seen any footage from The Last Jedi yet, maybe you’ll be interested in checking out this slick Rogue One concept art from lead concept artist Matt Allsopp. He’s been sharing a ton of behind-the-scenes art on his Instagram account that gives us an idea of how Gareth Edwards’ movie came together during development and was even shaped during the production. Take a look at a few of my favorite images.

This sketch of the film’s opening scene ultimately inspired the design of Director Krennic’s ship:

This was an early sketch for the opening sequence. This piece turned out to be the inspiration behind Krennic's ship. So something useful came of it #krennic #shuttle #concept #jynerso #rogueone #starwars #starwarsart #cropcircles

A photo posted by @cuppasketch on Jan 31, 2017 at 4:45pm PST

A wide shot of Darth Vader’s tower on Mustafar, complete with lava flow:

Vaders Tower. A sort of lava Dam. The accumulated lava pool, filters through the base of the Tower, to create an arresting molten waterfall. (makes for great central heating). These were the very first exploratory concepts for the Vadar sequence. I was happy that what you see on screen, is very close to these concepts. #conceptart #rogueone #starwars #vader #sith #tower #dam #lava

A photo posted by @cuppasketch on Jan 7, 2017 at 9:03am PST

A closer shot of Vader’s dark tower:

Vaders obsidian tower #conceptart #rogueone #starwars #vader #mustafar #darthvader

A photo posted by @cuppasketch on Jan 6, 2017 at 3:23am PST

Here’s a towering shot of the Sith Lord himself meeting with Krennic:

Vader #rogueone #starwars #vader

A photo posted by @cuppasketch on Dec 26, 2016 at 10:48am PST

A cool angle of an X-wing attacking an AT-AT during the final beach battle on Scarif:

Concept crop #rogueone #starwars #conceptart #scarif #atat #xwing

A photo posted by @cuppasketch on Jan 9, 2017 at 4:04pm PST

In addition to all of his concept art, Allsopp provided storyboards for the production, including this awesome shot of K-2SO and Cassian Andor in flight:

During Rogue, I also did a LOT of storyboarding too! Along with the awesome Mr Mcoy @jonmccoyart sometimes we would try to find time to throw some colour on them.... #rogueone #starwars #k2so #k2 #storyboard #eadu

A photo posted by @cuppasketch on Jan 16, 2017 at 4:42am PST

And finally, this is a stylish poster design that ended up being turned into a shirt instead:

Hope anyone seeing Rogue One today enjoys it :) it looked pretty amazing! This poster concept sketch I made during production was used on a t-shirt design instead #rogueone #starwars

A photo posted by @cuppasketch on Dec 15, 2016 at 6:33am PST

Be sure to check out Allsopp’s Instagram page for even more cool concept art. Which piece is your favorite?

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Ben is an entertainment journalist who has written about movies online for nearly a decade. He's an avid podcaster (and podcast listener) and has published more than 400 hours of content since 2010. He loves the Fast & Furious franchise and Rian Johnson's filmography. He thinks The Prestige is still Christopher Nolan's best movie, Breaking Bad is the best TV show ever made, prefers Indiana Jones to Star Wars, and will defend the ending of Lost until his dying day. He shook Bill Murray's hand once (so he's got that going for him, which is nice). Ben lives in Los Angeles with his wife.
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