Rogue One is finally set to storm the Middle Kingdom!
Following weeks of rumors and speculation, Disney has officially announced that the highly anticipated Star Wars spinoff has landed a January 6, 2017 release date in China, the world's second-largest film market.
The studio's release plan mirrors that of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which arrived in China on January 9th of this year. The seventh chapter of the iconic saga would go on to gross $125.4-Million at the Chinese box office in January.
While Star Wars may not have the same appeal in China as it does here at home, Disney and Lucasfilm are hoping to change that and bring the franchise closer to the hearts of Chinese moviegoers. The studio even cast two of the countries biggest stars - Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen - in major supporting roles this time around. Wen plays the freelance assassin Baze Malbus, while Yen co-stars as the blind warrior Chirrut Imwe.
The characters are even front and center on Disney's China poster for the film.
Directed by Gareth Edwards, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk and James Earl Jones, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrives in North American theatres on December 16th.
Source: THR Heat Vision
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