While everyone is focused on Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (and its trailer), there is another Star Wars film currently in the early stages of pre-production. Very little is known about the first Star Wars stand alone film, other than it's directed by Gareth Edwards, written by Gary Whitta, and will be released December 16, 2016. But now the folks over at Slashfilm may have uncovered some details about the plot. While there is a always a chance this could be wrong (hence why it's a rumor), if you're trying to stay spoiler free from this film then stop reading now. This is your official SPOILER ALERT!
According to Slashfilm, the movie will deal with a group of characters who are going to try and steal the Death Star plans, and no it's not the crew of the Ghost from Star Wars Rebels. Apparently it will be bounty hunters, and no it won't be Boba Fett. Based on this, it sounds to me like it will be all new characters. Slashfilm describes it as, "the Seven Samurai or Suicide Squad meets Ocean’s Eleven in the world of Star Wars." They also say that one of the characters in the movie will be introduced in The Force Awakens, leading to natural speculation that this could be a younger version of Max Von Sydow's character. Also, apparently, the Millennium Falcon (but not Han Solo) plays into this somehow.
I will say the concept is intriguing, though I'm not sure how I feel about the rebellion hiring mercenaries to pull off a job like this. In my mind, the rebels would want people who are completely committed to the cause (and are willing to lay down their lives for it), not someone who may run off if it gets to hot in the kitchen, if you know what I mean. (Like, say, Hera Syndulla and the crew of the Ghost). Also, it doesn't really fit in with the whole, Han Solo and Boba Fett stand alones being the first made that we've been hearing for almost two years now. But then again, that may have been an early plan that has since be scrapped.
As always, this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney.
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