Released in December 2016, Rogue One has been at the top of the box office for three weeks. It has brought in a gross revenue of $844.5 million dollars and fans have generally given it positive reviews, with an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.2/10 on IMDb.

Rogue One is set between the Star Wars movies Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. The film is designed to fill in the gaps between these two movies such as how the rebel alliance got the plans to the Death Star as well as providing more information about the creation of the Death Star.

The film is centered on Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), the daughter of the lead engineer of the Death Star, and her quest to steal the Death Star plans with the help of her companions. According to a poll by IMDb, the two most popular characters were the witty robot K-2SO voiced by Alan Tudyk and Chirrut Îmwe played by Donnie Yen. Donnie Yen is famous for his starring role in Ip Man, as well as being a world wushu champion.

A closeup of the digitally recreated Grand Moff Tarkin, originally played by Peter Cushing in 1977.

Since it has been almost 40 years since the filming of A New Hope, CGI was used to recreate some of the characters that were necessary for the plot, but could not be played by the original actors. These characters included Grand Moff Tarkin (played originally by Peter Cushing), Princess Leia (played originally by Carrie Fisher), as well as some of the rebel pilots. This was done by applying archived footage and body doubles to recreate the original characters. While some claim that the CGI did not look real when the characters were talking, the CGI still did a good job allowing the old characters to be in the new movie.

Overall, the film fit nicely into the Star Wars universe, and makes a nice addition to the evergrowing franchise.

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