Twitter — bastion of popular culture — makes it easy for social media users to keep up with what’s going on in the worlds of politics, entertainment, and more by providing trending topics. Usually, these trends make sense. Today, however, Star Wars: Rogue One is strangely trending and Star Wars fans have absolutely no idea why.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story released in 2016, just a year after Disney began the sequel trilogy with Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015). The film, which takes place immediately before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) and ends with the destruction caused by the first Death Star.
It is still one of Disney’s most highly regarded Star Wars films and fans have turned the fact that the movie is randomly trending into an online celebration of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), droid K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), and their entire motley crew of companions.
The Friends of the Force Podcast account shared:
Not sure why Rogue One is trending but seems like a good time to remind everyone that this is one of the most viscerally exhilarating moments in all of Star Wars.
Not sure why Rogue One is trending but seems like a good time to remind everyone that this is one of the most viscerally exhilarating moments in all of Star Wars. pic.twitter.com/NkWctkzyou
— Friends of the Force Podcast (@FriendsOfForce) April 3, 2021
Christian Alzmann posted very early Rogue One concept art to celebrate this seemingly random Star Wars trending topic:
#RogueOne I guess is trending. So I thought I’d post one of my very first concepts for what the team might have looked like. #StarWars #conceptart #digitalart
— Christian Alzmann (@CAlzmann) April 3, 2021
Samantha Alleyne, who was in the film, wrote:
I see Rogue One is trending again. Rightfully so! It’s definitely my favourite of the film’s I worked on *to watch*. Here are some of my favourite moments for obvious reasons
(Yes I’m in all of these pics)
I see Rogue One is trending again. Rightfully so! It's definitely my favourite of the film's I worked on *to watch*. Here are some of my favourite moments for obvious reasons 😂🙈
(Yes I'm in all of these pics 👀) pic.twitter.com/pg8FFk9r4a
— Samantha Alleyne 💙 (@samkkalleyne) April 3, 2021
Will Mahoney gave Rogue One high praise, comparing it to George Lucas’s original trilogy featuring Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and Han Solo (Harrison Ford):
Rogue One is the best Star Wars movie outside of the original trilogy.
Rogue One is the best Star Wars movie outside of the original trilogy. https://t.co/rqBSzW1SOa
— Will Mahoney (@HeelWillMahoney) April 3, 2021
J. Holtham ironically watched the movie this morning before realizing it was trending online. He wrote:
I guess folks are talking about Rogue One? Ironically I just rewatched it this morning. (There’s a Star Wars marathon on.) And I’ve settled on it being my 2nd favorite Star Wars movie and a lot of what I love in sci fi/space opera.
I guess folks are talking about Rogue One? Ironically I just rewatched it this morning. (There's a Star Wars marathon on.) And I've settled on it being my 2nd favorite Star Wars movie and a lot of what I love in sci fi/space opera.
— J. Holtham (@jholtham) April 3, 2021
Fortunately, the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story story is far from over. Next year, fans will be treated to a prequel series, Andor, on the Disney+ streaming platform. This show — which actor Alan Tudyk has already indicated will get a second season — is set to follow the adventures of Diego Luna’s Captain Cassian Andor about five years before he met the rest of the Rogue One characters.
It joins a number of other in-development Star Wars series, including The Mandalorian Season 3, Ahsoka featuring Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano, The Book of Boba Fett, and Leslye Headland’s The Acolyte.
You can view the sizzler for the Rogue One prequel series below:
The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story film synopsis reads:
Former scientist Galen Erso lives on a farm with his wife and young daughter, Jyn. His peaceful existence comes crashing down when the evil Orson Krennic takes him away from his beloved family. Many years later, Galen becomes the Empire’s lead engineer for the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star. Knowing that her father holds the key to its destruction, Jyn joins forces with a spy and other resistance fighters to steal the space station’s plans for the Rebel Alliance.
You can watch Rogue One streaming on Disney+ anytime. Have you been participating in today’s social media celebration of this standalone Star Wars movie?