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Cassian meets K-2S0 in Rogue One prequel comic

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Star Wars: Rogue One—Cassian & K-2SO Special is a Marvel comic book that showed how Cassian Andor met the reprogrammed Imperial security droid K-2SO prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The comic was written by Duane Swierczynski with art by Fernando Blanco and was released in August 9, 2017.

Written by Duane Swierczynski
Art by Fernando Blanco, Marcelo Maiolo, and Clayton Cowles
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: August 9, 2017

The Synopsis:

Cassian Andor is one of the top intelligence agents in the ranks of the Rebel Alliance, ably assisted by his reprogrammed Imperial security droid, K-2SO. But naturally, the two weren’t always on the same side of the Galactic Civil War. Now, for the first time, read the story of the pair’s first contentious meeting! It is very likely not to go well.

The Plot:

The annual begins (like the Rogue One comic adaption) with a Rebel’s Report, introducing Captain Cassian Andor and rebel spies, Kertas and Rismor. Their mission, to extract Imperial security protocols while attempting to evade detection.

The story opens with Cassian tinkering with the wiring of an unknown droid who very quickly tries to detain the Captain. We are then immediately transported to a few hours before, with Cassian flying a ship to Wecacoe, explaining to Kertas and Rismor that he doesn’t expect a large stormtrooper presence on the planet. After landing, Cassian continues to talk to the spies who never answer back as they communicate through scent. Before too long, the three spot a large Imperial force filled with stormtroopers and security droids. Refusing to be deterred, Cassian pushes on undetected until they reach a decommissioned Imperial cruiser. Cassian believes the Imperial security protocols are on the ship. Kertas and Rismor start trying to find them but Cassian quickly spots stormtroopers heading in their direction and soon an alarm is sounded.

Realising they can’t escape, Cassian comes up with a plan and tells Kertas and Rismor to stay put. Getting the attention of a security droid, Cassian tries to subdue the droid, who we learn is K-2SO, but can’t find the kill switch, as this is a model he has not encountered before. With ease, K-2 is able to defeat Cassian but is thwarted by the rebel spies, who press the droid’s kill switch. The story catches up with the start of the story, with K-2 reactivated and trying to detain Cassian as only 29.73% of his memory has been erased. The kill switch is thrown again.

Switched on again, Cassian gives K-2 new orders to lead them to the Rebel’s ship and take out any troopers who try to stop them. The team make it to find their ship surrounded by stormtroopers. K-2 once again tries to detain Cassian, getting the attention of the stormtroopers. Rismor and Kertas run off, leading the stormtroopers away from Cassian and K-2 but not before telling Cassian that K-2 has the intel the Rebel’s need.

The Rebel ship suddenly blows up and so Cassian tells K-2 that they need to find a new ship. Not one to be deterred from his programming, K-2 tells Cassian that he still needs to detain him and that 8.3% of his memory is still intact. Realising his mistake, Cassian switches K-2 off again and removes the droid’s base layer of Imperial programming. Once reactivated, K-2 is suddenly the droid from Rogue One and helps Cassian to find a new ship and escape. We see that Rismor and Kertas have blended into a crowd and are safe on the planet.

Cassian & K-2SO Annual #1 is a one-shot comic from Marvel and available from all good comic stores now. Download here. Use CDDisplay app to open the file.

Rogue One Pixel Art by Mikołaj Birek

According to Wikipedia, Pixel Art is a form of digital art, created through the use of software, where images are edited on the pixel level. The majority of graphics for 8-bit and 16-bit computers and video game consoles, as well as other limited systems like graphing calculators, is pixel art.

But if Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was designed to be a video game? How would the characters look like? To answer this question, Poland Illustrator and Digital Artist Mikołaj Birek has created this amazing series called Rogue One Pixel Art. Visit Mikołaj Birek Page for more details. Source: Tumblr.

And how the duel between Obi-Wan and Darth Maul in Star Wars Rebels would be in a 16-bit video game?

Rogue One gets an Honest Trailer

Source: ScreenRant

If you are a fan of Star Wars, it’s a great time to be alive. The franchise is in the midst of a resurgence unlike any other effort in motion picture history, as Disney and Lucasfilm aggressively expand the world of of Star Wars into a fully-functional cinematic universe. In 2015, J.J. Abrams successfully reinvigorated the property with the mega-success, The Force Awakens, which reskinned the franchise for a new generation, while paying respect to what has come before. The release also happened to pave the way for the first spinoff story in the series, Rogue One.

And Screen Junkies’ infamous comedy series, Honest Trailers, is here to pick apart the spin-off while pointing out every glaring flaw in film. Such as, the primary heist that seemed overly complicated and convoluted, the questionable morals of Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), Darth Vader’s dad jokes, how Chirrut (Donnie Yen) was essentially a pseudo-Jedi, and the complete ineffectiveness of Stormtroopers’ armor that now may be their defining characteristic over their legendarily bad aim.

The Most Expensive Plot Hole Filler Ever

If you had been following the promotional campaign leading up to the release of the Rogue One, you probably noticed a large amount of the scenes from the trailers that didn’t make it into the film’s final cut. These include the crew of Rogue One’s escape on Scarif’s beach with the Death Star’s hard drive, Stormtroopers marching on the beach’s shore, and Jyn’s (Felicity Jones) face-off with a TIE Fighter, among other scenes. These omissions points to extensive reshoots that were reported during the movie’s production last year. There have been conflicting reports over the nature of the changes, however it’s clear that a lot was left on the cutting room floor and that there were major alterations to the film’s original vision.

Fortunately for Star Wars fans, despite all of the inconsistencies that Screen Junkies brings to light, the movie was an unquestioned success. It also has laid a sturdy foundation for Lucasfilm to launch an all-new series of spin-off adventures from the Star Wars universe.

Rogue One Comic explores moments not seen in the movie

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is an upcoming six-issue comic book miniseries published by Marvel Comics and written by Jody Houser and drawn by Emilio Laiso. The series is an adaptation of the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The comics will definitely expand on what was seen in both Rogue One the film and the novelization. Lucasfilm and Gareth Edwards had a bunch of ideas for extra scenes and character moments that didn’t make it into the film.” ― Jody Houser

Source: ScreenRant

Marvel Comics’ adaptation of last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story fleshes out certain aspects of the blockbuster to reveal more character details. Comic adaptation of films are tricky. Too often, they’re just attempts to cash in on the success of the film and don’t offer anything new. However, this one written by Jody Houser and illustrated by Emilio Laiso, seeks to go beyond what was on the screen. The first issue is out in stores today and features numerous expanded scenes, as well as additional and deleted material that was not in the film.

Given that the Rogue One Blu-ray didn’t have any deleted scenes (or the film’s fabled alternate ending), this will be the closes fans will get to ever seeing what was left on the cutting room floor, making it a highly sought-after item for fans of Lucasfilm’s $1 billion spinoff.

Details about the issue come courtesy Star Wars News Net. The comic opens in the same fashion as the film, showing Krennic descending on the Erso family farm, killing Lyra and taken Galen prisoner. However, from there the comic goes into more depth with Jyn’s time living with Saw. During the scene in which Jyn is briefed by the Rebel Alliance, readers are treated to a flashback of Saw abandoning her. Previously, this scene was only mentioned during Jyn’s confrontation with Saw, but seeing it gives added weight to her conflicting feelings about him. Jyn also gets an additional scene where she is first brought to the Wobani labor camp where audiences are first introduced to her.

The character who most benefits from the added scenes is Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed). In the film, audiences are introduced to him as he’s being marched through the desert to see Saw. However, the comic actually gives more depth and story to his defection. We actually see him and Galen talking about his role in the creation of the Death Star and what he can do to help. The comic also shows his arrival on Jedha and his first encounter with Saw’s people. Bodhi arguably got the least screen time and development of the entire Rogue team in the film, and it’s good to see him getting more development on the page. In an interview with StarWars.com, Houser said that Bodhi became the standout character for her while writing the comic, so it’s likely that he’ll receive several more additional scenes or expanded moments.

Baze (Jiang Wen) and Chirrut (Donnie Yen) also get a small scene introducing them before Jyn meets them. Following the sequence where Tarkin and Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) discuss the coming test of their super weapon, we see a short scene of Baze and Chirrut bantering about the Force. Both characters were standouts in the film, and hopefully will receive more development. However, readers might have to wait for the coming backstory novel centered on them to get the full backstory on the former Guardians of the Whills.

One final added scene gives depth to characters like Mon Mothma (Genevieve Reilly) and Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits). The small scene shows them discussing whether or not the Senate will push back against the Empire’s doomsday device, or whether they will simply cede to the might of the Empire. It’s a small yet politically powerful moment, one that taps into the reality of the Senate at the time without becoming heavy handed, which was a critique of the prequels.

It will be interesting to see how the comics add on to the rest of the film. While it’s unlikely we’ll see a different and happier ending, the comics are bound to increase fans’ knowledge of the film, and their enjoyment as well. Finally, we have a comic adaptation that is worthy of the film it is inspired by.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Comic Adaptation #1 is now on sale. Buy here.

Fan-Made Trailer sells Rogue One on VHS

Source: ScreenRant.

As technology has continuously evolved, so has the way moviegoers watch their favorite films at home. These days, the dominant forms are Blu-ray disc and digital HD, allowing fans to relive all the greatest moments in the clearest video and audio quality. Watching a blockbuster in the theater can still be an experience like no other (especially if it’s in IMAX), but few things are better than watching a modern tentpole like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on a widescreen TV from the comfort of one’s own living room. With everything available, there’s never been a better time to design a home theater system.

Of course, it wasn’t always like this. In the early days of home media, VHS was the top choice, placing the film on a video tape (or possibly more, depending on its length). Obviously, the format is now defunct and hasn’t been produced for a number of years, but those who grew up with VCRs can still be nostalgic for their old school charm. It’s for this reason YouTube user Damien Kazan Filmmaker has created a fan-made trailer imagining a VHS release for Rogue One. You can watch it below.

There’s great attention to detail here, as the short clip is even presented in the classic “pan and scan” aspect ratio that fit the older 4:3 televisions that were in many home entertainment systems before HD became in vogue. Little touches like the tracking effect and standard definition quality add to the teaser, and it comes across as a touching homage to a bygone era. The project is quite similar to the VHS advertisements that were released for the original trilogy, complete with voice over selling the merits of the film to appeal to viewers.

One interesting thing about this trailer is that when Rogue One is shown in standard definition, the footage looks like even more of a recreation of the settings and vehicles from the original films. The masters at ILM worked tirelessly to ensure there was a strong amount of visual consistency between the spinoff and A New Hope (even though four decades separate them), and the action sequences here appear to be pulled right out of one of the first movies – even though Rogue One was made with modern CGI and revolutionary camera techniques to craft a new sense of realism.

Obviously, Rogue One will never see the light of day on VHS, but this is still a fun video to check out as fans gear up for the Blu-ray release next week. And another proof how much creative some Star Wars die-hard fans are when they try to homage and show their love for the space saga.

Rogue One alternate ending revealed

Entertainment Weekly had the chance to interview Gary Whitta, who wrote the first draft for Rogue One, about what was altered in the film.

A different ending – how the Rebel heroes survived…

Once there was a way to get back home — at least for Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story filmmakers have said they always intended to kill off the entire Rebel team during their heist of the Death Star plans on the tropical world of Scarif. But in the very earliest script – before getting the go-ahead for that sacrificial ending – they came up with an escape plan.

“The original instinct was that they should all die,” screenwriter Gary Whitta tells EW. “It’s worth it. If you’re going to give your life for anything, give your life for this, to destroy a weapon that going to kill you all anyway. That’s what we always wanted to do. But we never explored it because we were afraid that Disney might not let us do it, that Disney might think it’s too dark for a Star Wars movie or for their brand.”

So in the original treatment by John Knoll, and in the first script by Whitta, a few of the key heroes survived the final battle. But the creative team still wanted their noble sacrifice.

“You have the darkness that’s in the undercurrent of the story at that point, but you still have the rightness of why they’re doing it,” says director Gareth Edwards. “It doesn’t feel depressing. It feels like you want them to succeed at any cost. It’s a sport where the clock is ticking, and they need to just dive across the finish line. You do whatever you need to do to get there. It’s a gauntlet that they’re handing to Princess Leia. You get that moment where the crowd feels like it can cheer at the end.”

Gary Whitta said despite very casualties on both sides, Jyn and Cassian did survived in the early script.

So that argument had to be made to the Lucasfilm brass: the heroes would succeed in stealing the plans, but they should pay the ultimate cost for that victory.

“We were still scratching the itch that they all needed to die. Chris Weitz [who wrote another draft] thought we were right,” Whitta says. “They finally went off and fought for it. We told them, we feel they all need to die, and [Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy] and everyone else said to go for it. We got the ending that we wanted.”

In that early “happy ending” version, there was no Bodhi Rook, Chirrut Imwe, or Baze Malbus. Jyn was an enlisted Rebel soldier instead of a street criminal recruited on a spy mission.

In that early “happy ending” version, there was no Bodhi Rook, Chirrut Imwe, or Baze Malbus.

“In fact, some of the toys that are sold still say Sgt. Jyn Erso,” Whitta says. “That’s who she was, she was a sergeant in the Rebel Alliance. By the time we changed that, some of the toys were already in production. I have a Sgt. Jyn Erso on my desk, even though she’s not a sergeant in the film.”

She still commanded a strike force with a Cassian Andor-type character (“He was called something different back then,” Whitta notes) and the security droid K-2SO was always a part of the team.

The reprogrammed Imperial security droid K-2SO was always a part of the team.

So did everyone live to fight the Empire another day?

“I didn’t say everyone made it off. Kaytoo always died,” Whitta said. “Jyn did survive. ‘Cassian’ also survived. There were a lot of casualties on both sides, in both versions of the scripts.”

It never got anywhere near being shot, but here’s how the survivor ending to Rogue One would have went down:

The Death Star emerges from hyperspace to lay waste to Scarif and protect the Empire’s secrets by destroying the special weapons facility along with the Rebel incursion.

But this time there was no last-second broadcast of the plans from a satellite tower. Jyn and Cassian were to escape the surface of the beach world carrying the data tapes.


In the early version of the script, Jyn and Cassian escape from Scarif, what explains why they were seen in the Rogue One trailer running across the beach with the Death Star plans.

“A rebel ship came down and got them off the surface,” Whitta says. “The transfer of the plans happened later. They jumped away and later [Leia’s] ship came in from Alderaan to help them. The ship-to-ship data transfer happened off Scarif.”

Darth Vader was still in pursuit and began attacking Jyn’s shuttle as the Rebels tried desperately to transfer the information from the data tapes to Leia’s vessel. Finally, Vader was successful in breaching their shields and destroying the craft.

Darth Vader watches the Tantive IV running away with the Death Star plans just some minutes before he starts to pursuit the Princess Leia ship as we seen in A New Hope.

The audience would have been left fearing the heroes were dead. But as Vader’s Star Destroyer ventures off to chase Leia’s Tantive IV, we would have remained focused on the shuttle fragments floating in the vastness of space.

“They got away in an escape pod just in time,” Whitta said. “The pod looked like just another piece of debris.”

This echoes a similar trick from The Empire Strikes Back, when Han Solo allows the Millennium Falcon to drift away from a Star Destroy disguised in a plume of garbage – unaware that also camouflaged in that detritus was Boba Fett’s Slave I.

Don’t like that ending? Neither did the creators. That’s why they begged to change it.

About Jyn and Cassian, Gary Whitta said that “we decided they should die on the surface [of Scarif,] and that was the way it ended.

“The fact that we had to jump through so many hoops to keep them alive was the writing gods telling us that if they were meant to live it wouldn’t be this difficult,” Whitta says. “We decided they should die on the surface [of Scarif,] and that was the way it ended. We were constantly trying to make all the pieces fit together. We tried every single idea. Eventually, through endless development you get through an evolutionary process where the best version rises to the top.”

Source text: EW. Source for animated gifs: Tumblr.

Rogue One Blu-ray copy leaked online

star-wars-rogue-one-blu-ray-cover-artThe release date for the Digital download still is 24th March and April 4th to buy the Blu-ray edition in stores, but as happened to The Force Awakens last year, a Blu-ray copy of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story leaked a few days before the official release dates. Since yesterday, many copies of Rogue One are already available online for download on Internet.

Leaked Blu-ray copies of major movies before the official release dates are nothing new. It could not be different with Rogue One, the first standalone film based on the Star Wars saga that was the highest grossing of last year. The available copies are in several formats as AVI, MKV and MP4, and sizes as 720p, 1080p and 1920p, it seems to have been ripped  directly from the movie’s Blu-ray and have excellent quality.

The rarbg.to site (that is responsible for launching dozens of movies and episodes of TV shows daily, plus everything else you can imagine), since yesterday has already made available several versions of Rogue One to download by Torrent, the most popular P2P sharing from Internet. If you can’t wait until next week to buy your official Rogue One copy, check out now the rarbg page for more download details.

And the people of Tumblr, the most popular Internet fandom site, with thousands of blogs dedicated entirely to Star Wars, of course they have already begun work on turning into gif sets their favorite Rogue One characters and scenes:

May the Force be with you.

Source for all animated gifs: Tumblr.