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As we get closer to the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, more and more content related to the movie is beginning to find its way online (including some very cool new toys).

For starters, we have a first look at C2-B5, an astromech droid who serves the Empire in the movie and is essentially an evil R2-D2! Whether or not he’ll play much of a role in the movie remains to be seen, but it should be worth keeping an eye out for him. It won’t be remotely surprising to see the droid become a must have for fans when those toys go on sale too.

Next up is a look at Darth Vader courtesy of some trading cards. Needless to say, the iconic villain – who will have a cameo in Rogue One – looks exactly as you probably expected!

A synopsis for James Luceno’s Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel has also been revealed, and it sheds some light on the events which take place before the movie starts as well as the relationship between many of the characters. It’s set to be released a month before Rogue One reaches cinemas, so that should give fans enough time to get up to speed with things!

War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before their enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.

Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor’s tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic’s web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.

The cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story includes Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, and a number of others, and, as you should already know, it’s currently set to be released on December 16th, later this year.

Click through the gallery for the latest Rogue One: A Star Wars Story images.

Evil R2 D2

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