By Anthony Matteriello
Asst. Perspectives Editor
LucasFilms announced the release of their latest addition to the Sci-Fi saga “Star Wars.”
On Dec. 16 “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” will be added to the 40-year old saga and be the eighth installment since its debut in 1977.
“Rogue One” will be the second of two “Star Wars” films within the past year. Last December, LucasFilms broke the ten-year “Star Wars” silence with “The Force Awakens.”
“I thought ‘The Force Awakens’ was a very good movie,” said junior Ian Baron.
As stated in the newly released trailer, a band of unlikely hero’s plot to steal the plans of the Death Star, which is the empires weapon of ultimate destruction.
“The film looks amazing. Of course I have to see it. It’s Star Wars,” said Baron.
From 1977 to 2016 these eight “Star Wars” movies have been released in sporadic fashion; “A New Hope” (1977), “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), “Return of the Jedi” (1983), “The Phantom Menace” (1999), “Attack of the Clones” (2002, “Revenge of the Sith” (2005), “The Force Awakens” (2015), and now “Rogue One”(2016). Being spaced by only 12 months and two days will make “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One” not only the most recent but also the two closest released films in the 40-year Saga history.
Even though the saga has been released over a long span of time, it has still been able to maintain its popularity.
“The saga has been very popular over the last 40 years in the Sci-Fi film industry, due to its iconic ability to capture the minds of multiple generations,” said Jesse Emspak, contributor to Space.com
The rebellion, led by soldier and ex-criminal Jyn Erso, will be faced with a very tough task when challenged by Mon Mothma to steal the plans of the Death Star. Erso, a master swordsman, will band together with unlikely forces to take on a task bigger than they could have ever anticipated.
Plot aside, it seems that people will be seeing the movie for nostalgia alone.
“Many true ‘Star Wars’ fans enjoy the original trilogy over the newly released prequels, but all fans will get out and see ‘Rogue One’ for sure,” said Baron.
However, not everyone is the same so the genre that “Star Wars” belongs to isn’t applicable to everyone.
“As the buzz for ‘Star Wars’ is major in the Sci-Fi community, it doesn’t interest me. I will not be seeing the movie because I have no interest in it,” said junior Chris Calozzo.
This 40-year saga has eclipsed more than four billion dollars prior to the release of “Rogue One.”
“Many true Star Wars fans enjoy the original trilogy over the newly released prequels, but all fans will get out and see ‘Rogue One’ for sure,” said Baron.
Staff reporter Cody Zaro contributed to this article.