Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn and Alan Tudyk, has earned over $918 million worldwide. So far. Now, we are getting a comic, too!!
Marvel announced via Entertainment Weekly, the story will be adapted into a limited series written by Jody Houser with art by Emilio Laiso. The announcement included a look at both a cover from artist Phil Noto, and an action figure variant from John Tyler Christopher. The coming series will not be a strict adaptation of the film. Houser said of the project:
“The comics will definitely expand on what was seen in both ‘Rogue One’ the film and the novelization. Lucasfilm and [‘Rogue One’ director] Gareth Edwards had a bunch of ideas for extra scenes and character moments that didn’t make it into the film. I’m having a lot of fun playing around with those. Adaptations across different forms of media have always been a great opportunity to explore other facets of the story, and we’re excited to have new material in the ‘Rogue One’ comic.”“‘Rogue One’ definitely puts the ‘War’ in Star Wars in a way that we haven’t necessarily seen in the movies before. Sure, we’ve had populated worlds and stations the size of moons blown up, Order 66, but we’re not used to all of our leads being expendable. We’re not used to seeing so much of the death and destruction close up. I think stripping away some of the fantasy and raising the stakes is a brave move, especially in a precedent-setting movie like this. It adds weight and meaning to the events that immediately follow in ‘A New Hope’ by showing the cost. Of course, I did start my comics career writing primarily horror and tragedy/tear-jerker shorts, so I may be a bit biased here…”