Star Wars Spin-offs Are Now Star Wars Anthology Films, Plus Information on Rogue One!

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Today at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, there was supposed to be a panel titled Conversation with Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank. Well, Trank couldn’t make it (he was “under the weather”) but Edwards was there with plenty of information about his film, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One.

That’s right: the spin-off films are now officially revealed to be branded Star Wars Anthology, to differentiate them from the episodic films. Kiri Hart, Lucasfilm Vice President of Development said that the Anthology films allows them to “tap into some emerging directing talent” for the films. It was also noted that the idea for doing Anthology films began with George Lucas before he sold the company.

As for the film itself, a short teaser was played with narration taken from A New Hope featuring dialogue by Obi-Wan Kenobi. It showed a jungle world, with a TIE Fighter flying overhead before a pan up revealed the Death Star in the sky, and closing with the title card and voice-over that seems to be communication chatter possibly calling for backup.

Also a plot description was provided:

A band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans in Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One.

They confirmed that Felicity Jones will be playing a Rebel in a band of Rebels in the film. Edwards said that it will be realistic and gritty, and that the franchise is called “Star WARS.” It also won’t feature Jedi, instead focusing on people without powers having to step up to save the galaxy. As Star Wars Rebels also takes place during this part of the timeline, they acknowledged that there were “opportunities” for the two to have connections. John Knoll was responsible for the story, and it was the first pitch that Kathleen Kennedy heard for Anthology films once she came to Lucasfilm. Also, Greig Fraser, cinematographer of Zero Dark Thirty, has been brought on as director of photography and Doug Chiang is a production designer.

Quite a bit of information for a film that won’t start shooting until this summer in the UK and around the world. Huge thanks to Ron of Making Star Wars for live-tweeting the event, as it wasn’t live-streamed like many of the other panels have been.

[Sources: Ron, Disney Insider, Variety]

Jesse’s first memory is of seeing “Return of the Jedi” in 1983. He’s worked in television, commercial, and video production as well as dabbled in indie publishing before deciding to return to school.