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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

 Rogue One Title
 
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
RELEASE DATE:
December 16, 2016
DIRECTOR: Gareth Edwards
WRITER: Chris Weitz, Gary Whitta (first draft)
STORY: John Knoll
BASED ON CHARACTERS CREATED BY: George Lucas
PRODUCERS: Kathleen Kennedy
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Simon Emanuel, John Knoll, Jason D. McGatlin, Allison Shearmur
CO-PRODUCER: Kiri Hart , John Schwartz
CAST: Mads Mikkelsen, Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyk, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Jonathan Aris
MUSIC: Alexandre Desplat
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Greig Frasier
EDITOR: Jabez Olssen
CASTING: Jina Jay
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Doug Chiang , Neil Lamont
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Lucasfilm
DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
PRODUCTION START: August 2015
 
Rogue One is the first of three proposed spinoff films in the Star Wars universe. The plot was revealed by director Gareth Edwards at Star Wars Celebration (4/19/15), and it centers around a group of Rebel fighters who steal the Death Star plans leading up to Episode IV: A New Hope. The film will be the first in the franchise with a female lead (Felicity Jones) and will be the  first not to include any Jedi Knights. At Star Wars Celebration 2015, Edwards added this would be more of a war film “…it’s the reality of war. Good guys are bad. Bad guys are good. It’s complicated, layered; a very rich scenario in which to set a movie.”
 
The story was conceived by John Knoll, a Visual Effects Supervisor on all three Star Wars prequels, the 1997 Special Editions of the original trilogy, two Star Trek films and dozens of other features dating back to 1989. He won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men’s Chest.
 
In 2014 Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy said “George (Lucas) was so clear as to how that works. The canon that he created was the Star Wars saga. Right now, Episode VII falls within that canon. The spin-off movies, or we may come up with some other way to call those films, they exist within that vast universe that he created. There is no attempt being made to carry characters (from the stand-alone films) in and out of the saga episodes. Consequently, from the creative standpoint, it’s a roadmap that George made pretty clear.”
 

At the Star Wars Celebration (April 2015) the stand-alone films were announced as Star Wars Anthology. By August 2015, at Disney’s biannual D23 Expo it was announced that the film’s title was amended to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Star Wars Anthology Rogue One

Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen in the first cast photo for Star Wars: Rogue One