Yesterday, during the D23 Expo celebration the first image of the cast of the first stand-alone Star Wars movie was release, Star Wars: Rogue One. So what is the film? Well, if you ever wondered exactly how the Rebels got the plans for the Death Star… this is the story. Kathleen Kennedy said:
Rogue One’ takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe. It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. Gareth is such an innovative director and I’m so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he’s selected for ‘Rogue One.
The film will be directed by Godzilla’s Garth Edwards. It will star Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Mads Mikkelsen, Forest Whitaker, and Riz Ahmed. Veteran ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll, who shares a long history with the Star Wars movies, dating back to the mid-1990s, originated the idea for the movie.
Star Wars: Rogue One is scheduled to be in theaters December 16th, 2016