Louis Love (Luis Lecca) Here – Last week, I was honored to be among the few to be invited to a special presentation celebrating Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in San Francisco. This incredible experience all took place inside both Skywalker Ranch and Industrial Light and Magic. Part of the event included footage from the movie inside George Lucas’ theater at Skywalker Ranch and was introduced by director, Gareth Edwards. Although the movie was since premiered I have yet to see it but, below is my reaction and brief description from the 28 minute presentation of footage! Warning: The following may be considered spoilers: The best way to sum up the footage of Rogue One is that it’s both different and familiar to what we are accustomed to seeing in the Star Wars universe. Those who thought The Force Awakens’ plot was too similar to A New Hope will be happy with this one. Sure the Death Star is a plot point but the movie sets up the formation and struggles of the rebellion. The first ten minutes are fast paced and sets up the plot. We are introduced to the villains and heroes but, unlike the original trilogy, things do not seem to be black and white. Especially, with Captain Cassian Andor played by Diego Luna. You will have no trouble rooting for the good guys here because Orson Krennic, played by Ben Mendelsohn, is ruthless. I’m not sure how he will rank among Star Wars villains until I see the entire film but he will most likely earn your hate. But that’s what we need in Star Wars movies. Great bad guys. I believe films are as good as the villains and Mendelsohn can pull this off. I really can’t say that anyone “stole the show” because every character was good. I would be happy seeing more of them. Many new planets are introduced making the galaxy feel much larger. So where will Rogue One: A Star Wars Story rank among the franchise? It’s hard to tell by only watching a small part of it. My thoughts are that it will set up a new category all together and it will need to be compared to future stand alone films (not the trilogies). Next year Episode 8 will be released then the next “standalone” film is Han Solo. I give the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story footage an A+. Look for a review of the film soon!