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The first Star Wars spinoff was the undoubtedly the central attraction on Wednesday during Disney’s product presentation at the CineEurope trade show in Barcelona.
Guests were treated to a special behind-the-scenes preview from the set of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, introduced by lead star Felicity Jones in full rebel costume and director Gareth Edwards and followed by a screening of the teaser trailer in 3D.
Edwards discussed working on a film set so close to his favorite movie of all time, 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope (the events in Rogue One lead right up to the first Star Wars adventure).
But he put aside any concerns, saying, “if you don’t take a risk, what new are you bringing to the table?”
Into the Marvel universe, exclusive clips were shown of Doctor Strange, due out in October, showing Benedict Cumberbatch’s transformation from a leading neurosurgeon into a sorcerer superhero. Work-in-progress special effects from the film were shown, alongside scenes shot in Kathmandu, Nepal, where Strange meets Tilda Swinton’s mystic mentor, The Ancient One.
Chris Pratt sent over a typically self-deprecating video message to introduce exclusive behind-the-scenes on-set footage from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, due out next spring. In the video, director James Gunn welcomed back his box-office-conquering band of superheroes, including Vin Diesel, whom he joked had “arguably the most lines to learn” as the grunting Groot.
For Thor: Ragnorok, Chris Hemsworth offered a brief intro (sitting with his Norse hammer) while director Taika Waititi introduced the first female supervillain in Cate Blanchett’s Hela alongside a new hero in Valkyrie, played by Tessa Thompson.
From Disney’s live-action stable, there was an exclusive extended preview of Beauty and the Beast, showcasing Emma Watson’s singing talents and a selection of clips featuring its all-star cast, including Dan Stevens as the titular beast and Luke Evans as the villainous Gaston. That was followed by a 3D screening of the film’s trailer, which broke records when it was released last month.
An extended early look of the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean installation, Dead Men Tell No Tales, showed newcomer Kaya Scodelario alongside swashbuckling veteran Johnny Depp in an action-packed scene.
The presentation ended with a delve into the South Pacific world of Moana, the latest adventure from the Walt Disney Animation Studios banner, which included a message from voice star Dwayne Johnson, who introduced an exclusive sneak peek and a preview of one of the film’s musical numbers. Moana is set to hit theaters in November.
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