Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the most anticipated movie of 2016

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  • Updated: Jan 06, 2016 16:54 IST
The only evidence we have of the existence of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. (Lucasfilm)

Looks like Star Wars fever won’t die down anytime soon because online ticket seller Fandango is reporting that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first in the spinoff series to the main Star Wars trilogy is the most eagerly awaited flick of 2016.

Following the global success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, moviegoers are clearly keen to feast their eyes on the spin-off Rogue One film due out this year. Starring Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker and Mads Mikkelsen, Rogue One will whet fans’ appetite before the eighth Star Wars episode lands in 2017. The movie takes viewers into the past to follow a group of Rebel fighters who steal plans for the Death Star. Star Wars fans will have to be patient, however, as the movie isn’t due out until December 16 in the US.

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Other films hotly anticipated by American audiences include Finding Dory, a follow-up to Finding Nemo about a blue tang fish with a short memory (June 17), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25), the next Jason Bourne film with Matt Damon (July 29), Captain America: Civil War (May 6), Star Trek Beyond (July 22), Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24), X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27), Zoolander No. 2 (February 12) and The Jungle Book (April 15).

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the most anticipated movie of 2016. Deal with it. (Lucasfilm)

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The poll offers initial insight into the movies that should top the box-office this year. When asked about their most anticipated performances of 2016, moviegoers selected Melissa McCarthy in the Ghostbusters reboot (July 15) as their most hotly awaited female role, followed by Scarlett Johansson in the Captain America sequel, Jennifer Lawrence in the upcoming X-Men movie, Emily Blunt in the adaptation of the novel The Girl on the Train (October 7) and Charlize Theron in The Huntsman: Winter’s War (April 22).

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Matt Damon proved the most anticipated male performance as Jason Bourne, followed by Will Smith in Suicide Squad (August 5), Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool (February 12), Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25) and George Clooney in the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar!

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