MOOSIC -- The Force was clearly with fans as they packed into the Cinemark Theater in Moosic for the opening of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.
“Pretty much Star Wars is the greatest film series ever made,” said Casey Lucas from West Pittston.
But “Rogue One” is different than the other seven Star Wars in that this is an independent movie; it's not part of the series of episodes.
So, this is not a sequel to "The Force Awakens" which came out around this time last year.
“Actually, I was more excited for this than ‘The Force Awakens’ based on the trailers, because this one looked like the Star Wars I loved growing up from the original trilogy,” said Dave Macekura from Wilkes-Barre.
In “Rogue One”, the heroine, Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones, is picked to join a handful of rebels on a mission to capture the blueprints of the Death Star.
It's perceived to be a sort of prequel to “A New Hope”, the very first Star Wars to be released in 1977.
Fans say this movie could be one of the most crucial ones to the Star Wars storyline.
“The rebels, getting these plans sets the entire first movie in motion, so you can't have “Star Wars: A New Hope” without the Death Star plans getting confiscated by these rebels,” said Tony Thomas from Wilkes-Barre.
“To have movies like this that bridge pieces that you kind of always wondered what happened,” said Lucas.
So, the question is: will “Rogue One” give Star Wars fans a new hope for future independent Star Wars installments like this?
Our movie guy Jeff Boam provides a review.
“It is a phenomenal bridge movie, this can stand alone on its own but the DNA is threaded so intricately from the Star Wars universe into this movie,” said Boam. “It's definitely a departure from other movies and it establishes that in the presentation but gosh darn the action is phenomenal; the story is tremendous.”