One of the most intriguing developments coming out of Star Wars and Lucasfilm‘s acquisition by Walt Disney Studios is that we’re not just getting a new trilogy, we’re going to be getting a new movie every year. At least that’s Disney’s desire anyway. Shortly after production got underway on The Force Awakens, the first chapter of the new trilogy, Disney started recruiting talent for the first of a series of films to take place in the Star Wars universe, but is not a part of the Skywalker saga. For the first of these films we know the director (Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards), we know the star (Academy Award nominee Felicity Jones), and we know the name (Rogue One). But now, most importantly, we know what it’s going to be about…
Have you ever wondered how the Rebels got a hold of the plans for the Death Star? Well, you’re about to. As revealed at Star Wars Celebration on the weekend, Rogue One, the first of what’s now being called the Star Wars Anthology, will be a heist film chronicling how the plans for the fearsome battle station ended up in Rebel hands.
“It comes down to a group of individuals that don’t have magic powers, that have to bring hope to the galaxy,” Edwards told the crowd. The idea that Rogue One would end up being a heist film is a rumor that’s long been brandied about as the plot for this first stand-alone Wars film.
After the presentation at Celebration, the official Star Wars Twitter feed revealed the following:
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
Fans at Celebration also got the chance to see a teaser trailer for Rogue One, which begins with Alec Guinness‘ voice over as Obi-Wan Kenobi, reciting his lines from A New Hope about the Jedi. “For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic, before the dark times, before the Empire.” The camera pans up over a forest and looks up to the sky as a TIE Fighter flies overhead. As the camera goes higher into the air he see the object on the horizon is the Death Star, hanging in the sky just outside the planet’s atmosphere. Boom.
Sadly, there’s no “official” link to the teaser, but there were lots of camera phones on hand, and naturally, the whole thing leaked online anyway. Check it out.
Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One will be in theaters everywhere December 2016.
Source: Geek Tyrant