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Rogue One reveals a first look at the paradise planet of Scarif

 The Star Wars Celebration is in full swing (opens in new tab), bringing us loads of new info on all things galaxy-related. That includes a first official look at the tropical location used by the Galactic empire in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (opens in new tab)to construct the first Death Star. Wait, TROPICAL? Yep. The Stormtroopers were clearly tired of skulking about in the dark recesses of space, choosing to build their planet-obliterating weapon in a "secluded world" known as Scarif. Take a look:

The planet definitely has that 'beach getaway' vibe to it, despite being the site of a major military operation. Early details (opens in new tab) on Scarif reveal that "huge tracts of land were excavated to build ships and supply the Death Star" on the planet, which is also protected by a massive deflector shield. That rules out sunbathing for the rebels - led by Felicity Jones' Jyn Erso - whose main mission is to stop the Death Star from being built. 

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. 

Images: Lucasfilm 

Gem Seddon is GamesRadar+'s west coast Entertainment News Reporter, working to keep all of you updated on all of the latest and greatest movies and shows on streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Outside of entertainment journalism, Gem can frequently be found writing about the alternative health and wellness industry, and obsessing over all things Aliens and Terminator on Twitter.