7 Things You Need to Know About Star Wars: Rogue One
If you weren't in the panel, have no fear because we've got the 5 of the most-important things you need to know about Star Wars: Rogue One right here:
1. The Official Plot Synopsis
A band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans in Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One #RogueOne.— Star Wars (@starwars) April 19, 2015
2. The Anthology Series
We can finally stop giving Gareth Edwards' and Josh Trank's movies the clumsy labels 'Stand-alones' and 'Spin-Offs' because at the panel earlier today it was revealed this new series of movies would be titled The Anthology Series.
3. Felicity Jones's Role
At present Felicity Jones is the only actor to have been announced for Rogue One, and today Gareth Edwards shed a little light as to what her role will be in the movie. Actually, when I say a little light I really mean a teeny tiny bit of light, because all Edwards would divulge is the fact that Jones plays a Rebel soldier who plays a major role in the movement against the Empire.
4. When is it set?
As many know, the Death Star plan heist was a major inmajor, but unseen, factor in the events from Star Wars: A New Hope. We now know that Rogue One will help to shed light on the crucial mission that led to the Rebel victory at the Battle of Yavin. In doing so, we can expect Rogue One to bridge the gap between the original trilogy and the events of Revenge of the Sith. Judging from everything we've seen today we can say with a fair amount of confidence that Rogue One's place in the Star Wars timeline is somewhere between the events that are currently unfolding in Star Wars Rebels and those that unfold in Episode IV. This means the rebellion will not be the fledgling movement we see in Dave Filoni's animated TV show and will instead resemble the fully formed military force we see in the original trilogy movies.
5. Will there be Jedi?
One of the points emphasized during the panel was that Rogue One would be set in a time when the Jedi are all but extinct. The events of this movie will therefore feature on a far more grounded bunch, none of which are force sensitive. "It's about the fact that God's not coming to save us," said Edwards. "The absence of the Jedi hangs over the movie."
6. The Concept Art
It wasn't just words that were providing insight at today's panel, though. We also caught a glimpse of the first piece of concept art for the movie, which you can see below.
7. The Teaser Trailer
Some very, very early footage for the movie was shown at the panel, but unfortunately, Disney has been rather hot on chasing down bootlegs on Youtube, which means you'll have to settle for a description instead.
After text with December 2016 fades out, we hear sage tones of Obi Wan Kenobi says "For more than a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the old Republic. Before the dark times. Before the Empire." We are then transported through a deep canyon covered in thick forestation. A TIE fighter roars as the camera tracks through the canyon and slowly pans upward to reveal the murky, but gigantic silhouette of the Death Star in the sky. The Rogue One logo then fades onto the screen, but as it does so we hear frantic military radio communications which crackle and break-up just as the Rogue One logo starts to blink on and off like a Television on the fritz.
8. The Production Team
While we may not know many of the faces who will appear on the screen for Rogue One, we have learnt the names of a some of the people who will be working behind the scenes. Neil Scanlan has been attached to work on Creatures and Effects, and he'll bring with him a wealth of experience gathered from working on productions such as Little Shop of Horrors and Prometheus. Adding to that experience will be Greig Fraser who worked cinematography on Zero Dark Thirty. That last appointment appears to confirm the military focus that Edwards is planning for Rogue One.
Star Wars: Rogue One will hit theaters on December 16th 2016.