Rumor: Rogue One Blu-ray out late March?

Per a listing for a Rogue One magazine spotted on Amazon, it seems that we could be seeing a March 28 release date for Rogue One on Blu-Ray.

This is about the same timeframe that as The Force Awakens‘ home release, so I don’t see any reason to be particularly doubtful. TFA also did a staggered release, with the digital copy coming a few days early.

The date also gives us a slight buffer before The Last Jedi promotion begins in earnest at Celebration in mid-April.

Today in Rogue One: Oscar nods, Death Star knowledge drop

Rogue One nabbed two Oscar nominations today, for Visual Effects and Sound Mixing. Big Shiny Robot has a couple of statements from John Knoll and sound designer Chris Scarbosio. As for Star Wars alumni, Natalie Portman has received her third nomination, this time for lead in Jackie. She won the category for Black Swan in 2011.

Rogue One effects guy Todd Vaziri sheds some light on the Death Star’s trench run. Yes, this is mostly about A New Hope, but there are explanations (both practical and in-universe) for the equator dish schematic.

→ It’s Pablo Hidalgo on the movie’s Visual Guide! And again, this time on aliens!

→ And check out some high-res shots of Rogue One’s old-school user interfaces.

Today in Rogue One: Did the Hammerhead crew survive?

Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican looks into if the crew of the Hammerhead in Rogue One survived the battle over Scarif. The answer? Spoiler: Sort of.

→ Also at EW, the creative team for Marvel’s Rogue One adaptation. Like The Force Awakens, it’ll be a six-issue series, but this one is written by Jody Houser and illustrated by Emilio Laiso. The first issue is due out in April. (That Phil Noto cover sure looks familiar…)

A new look at K-2SO from ABC gives us a look at Alan Tudyk in a different last scene for the droid.

→ io9’s Germain Lussier talks to editor John Gilroy about the film, focusing on the third act.

The origin of Jyn Erso’s name isn’t going to be feeding any of those Dark Forces conspiracy theories, sorry.

→ Shocking, Rogue One is up for several categories in the VES Awards. It’s also up for a Costume Designers Guild Award.

→ China isn’t that into it: Rogue One opens softer than The Force Awakens did.

Today in Rogue One: Editors talk reshoots, process

In an extensive interview with Yahoo, editors John Gilroy and Colin Goudie shed some light on the reshoots and discuss their Rogue One process. Don’t skip this one!

The rest might not be exactly today, but here are a few things that have come up since we last checked in…

→ A fun look at how much the data formats of Star Wars suck, from Sarah Jeong. Yes, data formats are funny, deal with it.

→ At StarWars.com, Doug Chiang discusses designing Rogue One, from ships to stormtroopers to Darth Vader’s castle.

→ Empire has 13 things they learned from director Gareth Edwards – including, yes, there was an opening crawl early on.

→ In addition to winning a third straight weekend, Rogue One has now passed the $800M mark.

→ All about your new favorite Mon Calamari, Admiral Raddus.

→ How actual military veterans ended up in Rogue One (and other films.)

→ Not gotten around to the movie’s Visual Guide yet? io9 has the highlights. (You should still get the book, though.)