StarWars.com has updated with official information on the first Star Wars stand-alone spin-off film called Star Wars: Rogue One starring Felicity Jones! Even cooler is ILM legend John Knoll came up with the story. The movie will be released December 16th, 2016.
Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz). The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in The Theory of Everything. 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 and is due for release on December 16, 2016.
This is very exciting news and is rather different than the Han Solo and Boba Fett movie rumors that just would not die. I’m not sure if these characters will appear in this movie and that’s the genesis for those rumors or if they just hid under that cover. I wonder if this was what Red 5 was supposed to be from that Hasbro rumor sometime back? Either way, that is really intriguing news and the idea of a fighter pilot movie sounds really neat. I wonder if this interfaces with /FILMs rumor about the film being linked to the stealing of the Death Star plans?
So we don’t have to call it Los Alamos anymore, its Rogue One!