Director Gareth Edwards and Creature Effects Supervisor (yes, they really have one) Neal Scanlan offer a behind-the-scenes look at the creative endeavor.
“We all grew up with Star Wars and I never imagined for a minute that I would work on a Star Wars production,” says Scanlan in the clip’s opening scene. It cuts to a shot of him working on a character.
Those who worked on the project are proud of the fact that the creatures have eyes that blink and expressive features.
“I love apes and monkeys in general, and I love space. When you combine the two and have a space monkey it’s kind of a dream come true,” says Director Edwards.
The film which hits theaters Dec. 16, is a stand-alone, spin-off of the “Star Wars” series and is actually a prequel of sorts. In that regard it will bring back Darth Vader, who was killed off in the regular series.
The latest trailer by Lucas Films provides the clearest look yet at the movie’s back story and origin of the title.
It opens with Erso as a child in conversation with her long lost father Galen (Mads Mikkelsen). “Whatever I do I do it to protect you, understand?” he says with a sense of foreboding.
Little does Jyn know that dad will be kidnapped by the Empire to help build its most devastating weapon, the Death Star.
He’s last seen being led of by a squadron of Galactic Storm Troopers led by Orson Krenni (Ben Mendelsohn) who’s in charge of building the mega-weapon.
Jyn only learns later, once she links up with rebels that her father is “crucial” to the construction of the Death Star, and she is crucial to finding him.
“If my father built this thing, we need to find him,” she agrees. They have one clue to work with; her father sends a message warning about the new weapon.
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