It’s here. Star Wars fans have been awaiting this release with 3 parts excitement and 1 part trepidation, but Rogue One: a Star Wars Story is finally being released!

It is scheduled to be released in the UK and Australia on December 15, 2016 before its North American release on December 16.

We wanted to give you a run down of what we know so far, and what we’re most excited about. Here is the trailer to warm you up:

Who is Jyn Erso?

The main protagonist of the film is Jyn Erso, who, it transpires, is the daughter of a chap with a penchant for designing planet-sized space weaponry. The young tearaway is played by Oscar nominated Felicity Jones. She is tasked with leading a group of misfits on a heist to steal the plans to the Death Star. She is also the daughter of Galen Erso, one of the scientists working on the Death Star.

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What is the premise?

This is a heist movie set in the Star Wars universe. It is set in the same period as A New Hope, so the Death Star is nearing completion, and it is up to the Rebel Alliance to find a way to destroy it. Cue the need for Jyn Erso and her rag tag band of rebels. As her estranged father Galen Erso worked on the Death Star, she is recruited to stop him. So basically we all get to find out why it seemed so easy to destroy the Death Star!

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Who are the other main characters?

  • Cassian Andor, a Rebel Alliance Intelligence officer played by Diego Luna
  • Orson Krennic, the Director of Advanced Weapons Research for the Imperial Military, played by Ben Mendelsohn.
  • Chirrut Îmwe, a warrior played by Donnie Yen.
  • Galen Erso, Jyn’s distant father, from whom the Rebels intercepted a transmission about the testing of the Death Star. Played by Mads Mikkelsen.
  • K-2SO, a Rebel-owned Imperial enforcer droid whose memory is wiped by Andor, voiced by Alan Tudyk.
  • Baze Malbus, a freelance assassin played by Jiang Wen.
  • Saw Gerrera, a veteran of the Clone Wars played by Forest Whitaker.
  • Darth Vader, voiced by James Earl Jones
  • Mon Mothma, a leader of the Galactic Senate’s Loyalist faction, played by Genevieve O’Reilly

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Along with Captain Cassian Andor, an intelligence officer, and his reprogrammed Imperial security droid, K-2SO, they set out to steal the plans to the Death Star. During their mission, they recruit sightless warrior monk Chirrut Îmwe and his friend Baze Malbus, and the Imperial pilot turned Rebel, Bodhi Rook.

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What new planets will we see?

Jedha

This cold desert moon was one of the first places where people began to follow the ways for the Force. As such it is a holy place for Jedis and those that follow the ways of the Force. The Empire holds this world and rules over it with brutal oppression.

Scarif

This planet would be a tropical paradise, were it not the headquarters of the Galactic Empire’s military might. The entire planet is surrounded by a protective shield designed to keep those meddling rebels at bay.

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What other exciting new things can we expect to see?

So with every new Star Wars movie comes new elements. New planets, new ships, new characters, new droids, new stormtroopers and new vehicles.

Death Troopers

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Krennic commands a contingent of death troopers. They are elite soldiers used by Imperial Intelligence and serve as his personal bodyguard.

Vehicles and Weaponry

The Empire has new AT-ACT walkers (All Terrain-Armored Cargo Transport), which carry building materials and munitions, and are a formidable opponent to the rebels.

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So we wait with you with bated breath to see if Rogue One lives up to the Star Wars name. Let’s hope it’s a flying success!