"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," says Kennedy. "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 article goes on:
"To create the lived-in, realistic feel of Rogue One, Edwards chose Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty, Foxcatcher) to be his director of photography and Neil Corbould (Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan) to be his special effects supervisor. Star Wars and Lucasfilm veteran Doug Chiang (Star Wars: Episodes I-II, Forrest Gump) and Neil Lamont (supervising art director for the Harry Potter series, Edge of Tomorrow) will be the production designers. Additional crew members will include stunt coordinator Rob Inch (World War Z, Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger), creature effects supervisor Neal Scanlan (Prometheus) and co-costume designers Dave Crossman (costume supervisor for the Harry Potter series, Saving Private Ryan) and Glyn Dillon (costume concept artist for Kingsman: The Secret Service, Jupiter Ascending)."
The cast includes:
- Felicity Jones
- Diego Luna
- Ben Mendelsohn
- Donnie Yen
- Jiang Wen
- Forest Whitaker
- Mads Mikkelson
- Alan Tudyk
- Riz Ahmed
We got our first look at the official logo fro the film as well:
It is also reported that these "anthology" films will take on the subtitle of "A Star Wars Story".
It really seems like this is going to be a gritty war film, detailing the events leading up to A New Hope, and they seem ready to take on action in the picture above. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters December 16, 2016.
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