Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or simply Rogue One, is an upcoming American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, from a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta.
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It will be the first Star Wars Anthology film, a standalone story set shortly before the events of the original Star Wars. Rogue One stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, and Forest Whitaker, and follows a group of Rebel spies on a mission to steal design schematics for the Galactic Empire's new superweapon, the Death Star.
The film is produced by Lucasfilm and will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Principal photography began at Elstree Studios near London during early August 2015 and wrapped in February 2016, with reshoots and additional filming taking place in mid-June 2016. Rogue One is scheduled to premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival on December 14, 2016 and be released in the United States on December 16, 2016.
Rogue One is planned to be the first in what is known as the Star Wars Anthology series with other films in the series expected to focus on Han Solo and Boba Fett. Kathleen Kennedy explained that the stand-alone films will not crossover with the films of the sequel trilogy, stating:
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.
John Knoll, visual effects supervisor for the prequel trilogy, pitched the idea for the film 10 years before the film's development; after the Disney acquisition he felt as if he had to pitch it again or forever wonder "what might've happened if I had." In May 2014, it was announced that Gareth Edwards would direct the film with Gary Whitta writing the script. That October cinematographer Greig Fraser revealed that he would be working on the film. In January 2015, it was revealed that Whitta had completed his work on the film and would no longer be with the project. Kinberg was considered as a replacement. Later in the month, it was announced that Chris Weitz had signed to write the script for the film. In March 2015, the title of the film was revealed to be Rogue One.
In July 2016, discussing if the film would feature an opening crawl, Kennedy said, "we're in the midst of talking about it, but I don't think these films will have an opening crawl." Edwards added, "The idea is this film is supposed to be different than the saga films... [however,] this film is born out of a crawl. The thing that inspired this movie was a crawl and what was written in that. There's this feeling that if we did a crawl, then it'll create another movie. And so the honest answer is you'll have to wait and see." That same month, at the 2016 Star Wars Celebration, when asked about the title's meaning, director Gareth Edwards gave three different meanings: "a military sign", referring to the Red Squadron from A New Hope; "the 'rogue' one" of the franchise, given that it's the first film to not be part of the main saga; and a description of Jyn Erso's personality. In November 2016, Kennedy confirmed that the film won't feature an opening crawl, instead beginning in "a way that is traditional, with just the title."
Edwards stated that the style of the film will be similar to that of a war film, stating, "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."
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