'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story': Burning Questions

What non-fans might ask about the standalone film.

ByABC News
December 16, 2016, 10:20 AM

— -- If you are not sure how the new movie "Rogue One" fits into the "Star Wars" universe, don't sweat it. We are here to explain.

Critics have said that "Rogue One," out in theaters today, is a movie for the fans of "Star Wars" and its original trilogy -- Episodes VI, V and VI.

While this is true, you don't have to be a die-hard Jedi fan to go see it. You just need a bit of information. And who knows, maybe after seeing "Rogue One," you'll check out the rest of the films.

Here are the questions an ABC News staffer had, who wasn't fully up to date on the galaxy far, far away. No spoilers here!

1 - Is Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso) related to Luke and Leia?

Not that we know of. This movie is set in the time right before "A New Hope" in 1977, so Luke and Leia were still young. There has been no evidence from trailers or interviews that there is any connection. Her last name is also not Skywalker. But you never know with "Star Wars."

2 - What is a "Rogue One"?

In one of the clips, we've seen Bodhi, played by Riz Ahmed, talking to someone while he's piloting the team. They ask for a call sign and he responds "Rogue One." It's more of a homage to the Rebellion and the group's attempt to get the Death Star plans.

3 - What’s up with the tag line “A Star Wars Story”?

This is a good question. "Rogue One" is the first standalone "Star Wars" movie Lucasfilm is releasing. That means it's connected to the cannon films and is not a prequel nor sequel. It's an original story connected to the franchise.

4 - Are any of the original characters in this one? Will Chewbacca be in this one?

All we know so far is that Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin, the Imperial commander, are back. It's very possible we'll see other key players in cameos.

5 - Was that the Death Star?!

Yes, this is very key to this movie. In "A New Hope," Luke uses plans of the weapon obtained by a Rebel group to destroy the planet-killing machine. In this movie we finally discover how the Rebel group got the plans that possibly saved a galaxy.

6 - Is there a "Star Wars" saturation point, or an insatiable appetite?

Before the fans get mad, this is a solid question. Many critics say there are too many superhero movies out now. With "Star Wars" though, this is an entirely new universe George Lucas has created and there are so many interesting stories to be told. Expect many, many more standalone films. Fans love to find out the backstories of their favorite characters.

7 - Is "Rogue One" good?

If you are an officer in the Empire or a stormtrooper, then no! But if you are part of the Rebellion, absolutely. It really is a point of view. The Empire doesn't think what it's doing is wrong; it thinks it is bringing peace to the galaxy by ruling with fear. The Rebellion wants freedom and democracy.

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