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'Rogue One' and IMAX: A New 'Star Wars' Featurette

The chaos of war, alien planets and a looming Death Star draw "Rogue One" viewers into the "Star Wars" universe — especially on IMAX. In a new video, the director and cast of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" discuss the making of the film and what it's like to view it in an IMAX theater.

"Rogue One" — which Michael Doran, editor of's sister site Newsarama, called "maybe the best 'Star Wars' story ever" — centers around a group of rebels stealing the plans for the Death Star in the familiar "Star Wars" universe. It's the first "Star Wars" film to exist outside the main trilogies; Disney plans to make more movies to fill out the "Star Wars" universe. ["Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Pictures]

The filmmakers used that separation from the main movies as an opportunity to explore a different tone. In the video, the film's director, Gareth Edwards, explained that they aimed for a grittier, more realistic feel than in the previous stories. That led to an immersive war movie that features familiar "Star Wars" landmarks but through a distinct lens.

Viewers are totally immersed in the vivid world of the movie with the theater's oversize screen and precision surround sound, the stars of "Rogue One" said of their experience of watching the movie in IMAX. [In Images: Filming IMAX Movies in Space]

"It's going to be beautifully overwhelming," Ben Mendelsohn, who plays the film's antagonist, Director Orson Krennic, said in the video.

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Sarah Lewin
Associate Editor

Sarah Lewin started writing for in June of 2015 as a Staff Writer and became Associate Editor in 2019 . Her work has been featured by Scientific American, IEEE Spectrum, Quanta Magazine, Wired, The Scientist, Science Friday and WGBH's Inside NOVA. Sarah has an MA from NYU's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program and an AB in mathematics from Brown University. When not writing, reading or thinking about space, Sarah enjoys musical theatre and mathematical papercraft. She is currently Assistant News Editor at Scientific American. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahExplains.