ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Is The Most Anticipated Movie of 2016

No disturbance in the Force here: on the cusp of The Force Awakens becoming The Biggest Movie Ever, the upcoming first-ever Star Wars Anthology film is now the most anticipated movie of 2016.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – which opens nationwide on Friday, December 16th, 2016 – will be the first non-episode “stand alone” live action feature in the franchise’s history. Set either right before A New Hope or in parallel with it (the exact timetable remains unclear), Rogue One will tell the story of the Rebellion’s elite task force that stole the plans to the first Death Star. It’s those stolen plans that were eventually used by the Alliance to destroy the Empire’s planet-sized, weaponized space station.

Few details are known about the story, although it’s been reported that the adventure will basically be a straight-up war movie, with little (if any) actual use of the Force. Less sabers, more blasters.

While pre-release hype probably won’t reach Force Awakens levels (how could it?), the fact that Rogue One remains the year’s most anticipated film – as determined by ticket seller service Fandago – certainly makes sense. Even with more Marvel, D.C., Pixar, Pirates, and Potterverse movies also on the horizon, nothing in our current culture holds our fascination and allegiance like the rebooted Star Wars universe.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards (2014’s Godzilla) and stars Felicity JonesDiego LunaBen Mendelsohn, and Forest Whitaker, who lead a large ensemble cast.

Here are the complete results of Fandango’s extensive poll:

Most Anticipated Movie:

1.      “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (December 16)

2.      “Finding Dory” (June 17)

3.      “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (March 25)

4.       Untitled Jason Bourne Movie (July 29)

5.      “Captain America: Civil War” (May 6)

6.      “Star Trek Beyond” (July 22)

7.      “Independence Day: Resurgence” (June 24)

8.      “X-Men: Apocalypse” (May 27)

9.      “Zoolander No. 2” (February 12)

10.    “The Jungle Book” (April 15)

Most Anticipated Actress:

1.      Melissa McCarthy (“Ghostbusters”)

2.      Scarlett Johansson (“Captain America: Civil War”)

3.      Jennifer Lawrence (“X-Men: Apocalypse”)

4.      Emily Blunt (“The Girl on the Train”)

5.      Charlize Theron (“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”)

Most Anticipated Actor:

1.      Matt Damon (Untitled Jason Bourne Movie)

2.      Will Smith (“Suicide Squad”)

3.      Ryan Reynolds (“Deadpool”)

4.      Ben Affleck (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”)

5.      George Clooney (“Hail, Caesar!”)

Rising Female Movie Star:

1.      Sophie Turner (“X-Men: Apocalypse”)

2.      Leslie Jones (“Ghostbusters”)

3.      Karen Fukuhara (“Suicide Squad”)

4.      Christina Wren (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”)

5.      Nadia Hilker (“The Divergent Series: Allegiant”)

Rising Male Movie Star:

1.      Tom Holland (“Captain America: Civil War”)

2.      Riz Ahmed (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”)

3.      Tye Sheridan (“X-Men: Apocalypse”)

4.      Stephan James (“Race”)

5.      Ed Speleers (“Alice Through the Looking Glass”)

Most Anticipated Comic Book Character Debuting in a Major Role:

1.      Wonder Woman (Gal Godot in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”)

2.      Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds in “Deadpool”)

3.      Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie in “Suicide Squad”)

4.      Aquaman (Jason Momoa in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”)

5.      Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch in “Doctor Strange”)

6.      Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman in “Captain America: Civil War”)

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