Jason at Making Star Wars has posted some cool details based on concept art for Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One. In particular, it all revolves around this line from Darth Vader in Star Wars: A New Hope: “There’ll be no one to stop us this time.”
Here’s the full exchange:
Second Officer: Lord Vader, the battle station plans are not aboard this ship! And no transmissions were made. An escape pod was jettisoned during the fighting, but no life forms were aboard.
Vader turns to the Commander.
Vader: She must have hidden the plans in the escape pod. Send a detachment down to retrieve them. See to it personally, Commander. There’ll be no one to stop us this time.
Commander: Yes, sir.
Rogue One seems to be running with that line—that Vader and the Empire were previously thwarted from retrieving the stolen data tapes containing the plans to the Death Star. The art depicts Bail and Leia Organa (in the likenesses of Jimmy Smits and Carrie Fisher respectively), Artoo, Threepio and Vader, with a very Return of the Jedi aesthetic overall. The film appears to centre on the theft and delivery of those tapes by the Rebels whose exploits are mentioned in the opening crawl of the original Star Wars.
Meanwhile, Variety is reporting that Diego Luna will be a co-lead in the film alongside Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed, with Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn cast as the villain.