We’re heading back to a galaxy far, far away this Christmas, and Empire could hardly let a new Star Wars movie slip past without letting it grace our cover. The cover features the team of rebels tasked with stealing the Death Star plans from the Imperial Military. Pictured on our cover (from left to right): Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe; Jiang Wen as Baze Malbus; Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso; Diego Luna as Cassian Andor; and Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook. The big droid at the back is Alan Tudyk, on motion-capture duties as K-2SO.
Featuring unprecedented access to director Gareth Edwards and his crew, the Rogue One issue of Empire goes on sale Thursday August 25
Strap yourselves in: it’s nearly time for Empire’s Suicide Squad issue. As you might expect, there’s a whacking great sixteen pages on DC’s rogues’ gallery of baddies, including interviews with all the key cast and crew (deep breath: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Joel Kinnaman, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and David Ayer). Plus, we delve into the colourful history of the Joker, from Jack to Jared, and everything in between.
Thankfully, twasn’t beauty that killed this exclusive first look at Kong: Skull Island, a sort-of-reboot of the classic King Kong monster franchise, with a long-term aim to square off the legendary oversized ape against Godzilla. Our first-look pic features Tom Hiddleston (in case you were wondering why a small portion of the internet just exploded) and Brie Larson, in the belly of a certain beast.
Singledom’s finest, Bridget Jones is the subject of an all-singing, all-wine-white-quaffing Empire oral history this month to mark the release of Bridget Jones’s Baby. Renée Zellweger, Sharon Maguire and Colin Firth are your guides through the tao of Bridge.
We Wingardium Leviosa-ed our way to the New York set of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, where we managed to find a glut of exclusive pictures from inside Newt Scamander’s suitcase. We also spoke to Newt himself, Eddie Redmayne, and his director David Yates, for this – the first Potter-less Potter prequel.
In honour of our morally dubious cover stars, we thought we’d round up a list of our favourite movie characters: the guys and gals of cinema who have proved really good at being bad. Unlike our usual patented Empire lists, this one was compiled by 26 famous movie villain actors, who were kind enough to take time out from their busy schedules of moustache-twiddling and cat-stroking to cast their votes.