Disney Reveals First 'Star Wars' Spin-Off Officially Titled 'Rogue One'
by Ethan Anderton
March 12, 2015
Right along with the news of Star Wars: Episode VIII getting a summer release in May of 2017, the shareholders meeting led by Disney CEO Bob Iger has also revealed that the title of the first spin-off film will be Star Wars: Rogue One. The news was confirmed in a press release on StarWars.com where it was also confirmed that The Theory of Everything star Felicity Jones will have a starring role in the film, though rumors of the story following the heist to get the plans to the first Death Star have not been confirmed. Disney only said it would be the first in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. But some of the producers have been revealed.
First of all, the release also says that the idea for Rogue One comes from John Knoll, a visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic, which is pretty cool. Knoll will be executive producing the film with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises) and Jason McGatlin (The Adventures of Tintin) with Kathleen Kennedy producing along with Tony To ("Band of Brothers") and John Swartz, producer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) is directing from a script by Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy) with no mention of Gary Whitta doing the first draft for some reason. The film will begin shooting this summer in London at Pinewood Studios and is still slated to arrive in theaters on December 16th, 2016 next year. Sound good?