Felicity introduces a new Omaze video with a special message about Force for Change, which explains how you could win an autographed Rogue One stormtrooper helmet. Check it:
The first trailer for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was just released! Directed by Gareth Edwards (“Monsters,” “Godzilla”), and featuring an outstanding cast of Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk (in an under wraps mo-cap turn), and Riz Ahmed, the ensemble will help tell the story of the events that happen before ‘A New Hope,’ chronicling the rebels’ escapade in stealing the plans for the Death Star that would prove to be so fateful. Watch it:
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens on December 16th.
The Disney D23 Expo is currently underway, and we have finally been given our first look at the cast of “Star Wars: Rogue One” in their costumes as principal photography has officially begun. “Star Wars: Rogue One” (Anthology films are now to be known as ‘Star Wars stories’) is set before the events of “Star Wars: A New Hope” and centers on a band of rebels set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. What’s unclear is how noble their intentions are, but moral ambiguity could certainly help darken the “Star Wars” world. ‘Rogue One’ is due in theatres December 16, 2016 and it is currently shooting. You can also now follow the official Twitter account @RogueOne2016.
So far the cast assembled for the first “Star Wars Anthology” film has been an eclectic mix of talent. Felicity Jones has taken the lead role in “Star Wars: Rogue One” while other cast members include Riz Ahmed, Sam Claflin, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker and maybe Ben Mendelsohn. However, we don’t really know anything about who these actors are playing.
The only tidbit that’s been floating around the internet is that Felicity Jones was the rebel leader of the team assembled to try to steal the Death Star plans in a time period shortly before the beginning of “A New Hope”. Now a new detail about her character has surfaced that is intriguing, but also potentially hard to believe.
Find out more about Felicity Jones in “Star Wars Rogue One” rumor after the jump, but beware of potential spoilers!
Star Wars Celebration continues this afternoon, and this time the focus is on the spinoffs. And for the fans watching it live around the world, or who have been in the convention all waiting the latest details on the next thread of the “Star Wars” universe, their patience has been rewarded.
Today, Gareth Edwards hit the stage to share the details on the first spinoff film, “Star Wars: Rogue One,” which is slated to star Felicity Jones as a rebel soldier. And the plot details have been confirmed: as long rumoured, it will revolve around a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. And oh, that’s not all. Even though the film isn’t slated to open until the end of 2016, the first teaser arrived. And while it’s mostly moody and setting, you have to admit, if you’re a “Star Wars” fans, it’ll get your hair up. “It’s set after Episode III, before IV — and a little more towards IV,” Edwards shared about where in the universe it’ll fit.
A very LQ fan-shot video has been posted online so far. We will update the site if/when it gets updated with a HQ version.
Big Star Wars news has arrived, and that news can be split into three parts:
1) The name of the first standalone “Star Wars” film, as directed by “Godzilla” and Monsters helmer Gareth Edwards, is “Rogue One”, and it’s coming out on December 16, 2016.
2) Felicity Jones, as long expected, is the first confirmed cast member for the film.
3) Star Wars Episode VIII will come out on May 26, 2017. Rian Johnson, of Looper fame, will write the script as well as direct it. This newly-announced release date is 40 years and a day after Star Wars came out in 1977. This means there is just a year and a half after Episode VII, the shortest gap between two Star Wars movies.
The press release gives more details about Rogue One: “The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War Of The Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (Band Of Brothers, The Pacific) are on board to produce and John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will co-produce. The film starts shooting this summer in London.”
Rogue One, presumably, will have something to do with Rogue Squadron, and as such, will contain a lot of space acrobatics. If you’re not totally in the loop about Rogue Squandron, Wookiepedia is at hand:
“Rogue Squadron, originally dubbed Rogue Flight, and also known as the Rogues, was an elite Rebel Alliance starfighter squadron founded by Commander Arhul Narra, Luke Skywalker, and Wedge Antilles shortly after the Battle of Yavin out of Red Squadron. Rogue Squadron played a key role during several engagements in the Galactic Civil War, serving as the primary defense squadron of the Alliance High Command.”
John Knoll, in case you didn’t know already, invented Photoshop with his brother Thomas, so when it comes to special effects and manipulating images, he takes some beating. There has been some speculation about this film being about bounty hunters stealing plans for the first death star, or that it might involve the Rebel Alliance in some way. It’ll almost certainly be a prequel, judging from the title, and won’t take place at the same time period as Episode VII and VIII. But then again, all bets are off…
What do you hope to see in the first standalone Star Wars movie? Let us know… Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is out on December 18, 2015.
After a series of hush-hush readings and tests, Lucasfilm and Disney have zeroed in on Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Jones for the female lead in the “Star Wars” stand-alone film.
Jones is now in talks to star in the project, which Gareth Edwards is directing and Chris Weitz — who was just hired last week — is writing. Weitz is replacing Gary Whitta, who penned the first draft.
Actresses were meeting, reading and testing last week in Los Angeles for the role, with Tatiana Maslany and Rooney Mara among those in the mix.
The secrecy surrounding the project is thicker than the mists of Dagobah, and it is even unclear which character the stand-alone is focusing on. Sources say that Aaron Paul and Edgar Ramirez are on the interest list for the male lead.
Disney had no comment.
The movie has a release date of Dec. 16, 2016.
Jones is currently making the awards season rounds for “The Theory of Everything”, for which she snagged a best actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Jane Hawking, the first wife of physicist Stephen Hawking.
“True Story”, in which she stars with James Franco and Jonah Hill, just premiered at Sundance, and she is also shooting “A Monster Calls”, a family fantasy directed by J.A. Bayona that also stars Liam Neeson and Toby Kebbell.