According to Variety, Fandago have surveyed audiences to accertain which films they are looking forward to the most in 2016. The survey was conducted in December, so Star Wars was on everybody's mind, and so Rogue One: A Star Wars Stor came in at number one...
I'm certain the anticipation is a direct reflection of The Force Awakens' high profile because I'm pretty sure general audiences know little about Rogue One: A Star Wars Stor. Perhaps now is the perfect time for Lucasfilm to drop a trailer, even if it's the trailer from Celebration, and cash in on some of that brand value. Here's a quick look at the top five highly anticipated films of 2016, but join me on the other side for a bit of inside gossip on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story:
1. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (December 16)
2. “Finding Dory” (June 17)
3. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (March 25)
4. Untitled Jason Bourne Movie (July 29)
5. “Captain America: Civil War” (May)
I have a connection to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, who contacted me last week with some news that's both exciting, but also difficult to verify. With that in mind treat what follows as an interesting piece of gossip.
In December, around the time of The Force Awakens release, there was a screening of some Rogue One: A Star Wars Stor footage at Pinewood Studio. I'm told that principal photography had wrapped that day and a digital projector was brought in to show a select few some footage. I'm told there was a The Force Awakens cast member present, although I'm unsure how accurate this is so I will hold off on name dropping, but the was also chatter that someone was in a Darth Vader suit at the screening. This was most likely a gag, and nothing to do with the production, although some of the whispers are entertaining to say the least. Without going into too much detail, purely because I cannot verify any of it, there might be a playful cameo coming our way. Nothing world changing, just fun.
What I can say is that the footage was digital, and the projector used was, reportedly an NC800. Which looks like this.
Anyway, the first thing I thought when I was told was, "this has to be a cut of a theatrical trailer." Which makes more sense now than ever, in light of The Force Awakens' high public profile, and the need to set up Rogue One: A Star Wars Stor so that people do not confuse it with Episode VIII.
Thank you for reading,