Upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stars Felicity Jones and Diego Luna, and director Gareth Edwards attended a press conference in Tokyo yesterday.

CAST ATTEND ROGUE ONE PRESS CONFERENCE IN TOKYO

The much anticipated film is set to debut Dec. 15. Cast members attended a press conference at the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo yesterday to promote the film. Jones wore a funky satin striped dress for the occasion.

“I feel like I’m standing on sacred ground,” Edwards told a crowd of journalists recently. Edwards joins J.J. Abrams as the only two directors since George Lucas himself to helm a Star Wars film. Rogue One represents uncharted territory for the franchise, as it will be the first standalone film in the Star Wars world. Its failures or successes could very well determine the future of the brand.

“We’re looking at each of these movies without a rulebook,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “It’s very much in the spirit of what George Lucas did in the beginning.” There is already another spinoff in the process for release in 2018, about the origins of Han Solo.

One aspect of the film that has been highlighted is that it contains a strong female lead. “People keep saying how amazing it is having a female lead and i just sort of feel, well, of course!” says Jones, weighing in. “It shouldn’t be such a big deal. We are half the population.”

Edwards agrees with this sentiment. “Obviously we have a female lead but I didn’t want to view it that way because the typical thing to do is to go overly into a badass stereotype of a tough woman that no one relates to.”

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