From spectacular-looking set-pieces to intriguing plot reveals, the recently released Star Wars: Rogue One trailers gave us plenty to talk about. A lot of the action we got a glimpse of will unfold on Jedha, and some new information on the planet has emerged over at StarWars.com. It reads as follows:
A small desert moon frosted by a permanent winter, Jedha is home to one of the first civilizations to explore the nature of the Force. At one time a world important to the Jedi Order, Jedha serves as a holy site for pilgrims from across the galaxy who seek spiritual guidance. Now, the Empire occupies Jedha, and a prolonged battle between Imperial forces and scattered Rebels carries on in the timeworn streets.
There’s a good chance that one of the participants of that “prolonged battle” is Donnie Yen’s Chirrut Imwe, who was briefly seen dispatching a horde of stormtroopers in the trailer footage. Indeed, given that director Gareth Edwards recently told Entertainment Weekly that “There’s something very important in Jedha that serves both the Jedi and the Empire”, it’s a safe bet the planet will play host to at least one of Rogue One’s action set pieces.
Directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen and Alan Tudyk, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is scheduled to open in UK and US cinemas on December 16, 2016.