You may have read my enthusiastic responses to earlier chapters (opens in new tab) of the fan-made, Lucasfilm-approved animation series Go Rogue. Short, bite-sized stories that act as a Star Wars: Rogue One (opens in new tab) spin-off are funny as hell and packed with cute little references and easter eggs.
The overarching narrative is remarkably similar to the small bit we know about the actual live-action movie: a bunch of rebels are out to steal plans for the Death Star. But there's not much of the 'darker-than-your-normal-Star-Wars-movie' vibe here that we've seen in the film's trailers. Razor-sharp humor and lightning-fast plotting is the name of the game. Check out the final episode below:
The final chapter is equally as brilliant as the first three. I love the slapstick silliness meshed into stuff like Krennic's slo-mo "Noooooooo!" as the plans get shredded. But, as with the previous three, this is all about nods to the original trilogy and Ackbar's little cutaway steals the entire series. It's that good. Now, if we can just convince Lucasfilm to keep doing these for every other Star Wars movie...
Directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen and Alan Tudyk, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is scheduled to open in UK and US cinemas on December 16, 2016.