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‘Rogue One’ Will Test Whether Fans Want a ‘Star Wars’ Every Year

  • U.S. debut could hit $167 million, one of the biggest ever
  • Series alternates between trilogy episodes, standalone stories
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Disney's New Star Wars Experiment: Will It Work?

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In the new film “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” reluctant rebel Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones, has to help a ragtag group of fighters steal plans for the Death Star and save the galaxy. Walt Disney Co., meanwhile, has to make sure fans don’t get tired of this.

With a budget estimated at $200 million, “Rogue One” will be a crucial test of the company’s strategy of releasing a “Star Wars” film every year through 2020, alternating between episodes of a trilogy and what the company calls “standalone” films. Not everyone is convinced that will work.