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No major release in 2016 is more eagerly awaited world-over than Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Despite some getting flustered over the distinctly common practices of reshoots and scripting assistance – Tony Gilroy is now officially named as a co-writer – the global yearning for a galaxy far, far away is larger than ever right now. Suffice to say, it is an amazing time to be a Star Wars fan.

Featuring a sprawling ensemble including Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker, Rogue One will explode onto screens from December 16th.

However there is a significant weight attached to this film which is heavier than anticipation; rather one which willdefine the science-fiction action-adventure. It is the notion that Edwards has honed the most important Star Wars film in a generation. Here’s how…

Jyn Erso

10. A Female Lead Protagonist

Whilst Star Wars pictures have always showcased an array of strong and empowering female figures, rarely are they centred at the very forefront of the storytelling. There is little doubt that Rey (Daisy Ridley) is the most important character in The Force Awakens, but we experience the vast majority of the uncompromising landscapes and life lessons via John Boyega’s Finn.

Rogue One has altered this dynamic in a meteoric manner. Audiences will be venturing the uncharted depths of the galaxy through the progressions of Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones. From the previously released footage – trailers, Celebration Reel et al – it is clear that she is a conflicted lead too; a Rebel who truly operates outside of lawfulness.

It is deeply exciting and reassuring territory that the film is willing to channel primary story beats and emotional strands through the eyes of a young woman.

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Chris' love affair with cinema started years ago when school teachers would moan to his parents that he spends too much time quoting & not enough working. He has a degree in Film Studies now so how do you like those apples past teachers and doubters? Despite being a romancer of all things Woody Allen & Michael Haneke, Chris has favourite films in the majority of genres and is a complete sucker for bumbling indie types. He's also prone to gazing at beautiful actresses - particularly Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence & Scarlett Johansson - for overly long periods of time. Just thought we'd warn you ladies...