Let me cut to the chase. I am not particularly enamored of Gareth Edwards as a director.
The problems start with his filmography. First you have Monsters, a movie where the aforementioned monsters felt like an afterthought which shouldn’t be the case with a movie named Monsters. His followup, Legendary’s Godzilla suffered a similar fate, with Godzilla not showing up till the latter third of the movie.
Is Edwards a good fit for a Star Wars movie? Based on what I have seen so far, I don’t think so. There are rumors that a large section of the movie had to be reshot due to the overly pessimistic tone the director struck.
That being said, reshoots aren’t unusual for a movie of this nature, so the truth probably lies somewhere between the two extremes.
What I can say is that what I have so far heard about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story makes me more interested in seeing it since the three movies that made up the original trilogy.
And for me, that means a lot.
Besides, I really, really, REALLY like the poster.