First Look: Cast of 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Solo Movie Revealed

August 15, 2015

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Here we go. Disney and Lucasfilm have officially announced cast & crew details and released a cast photo from the set of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Yes, that's also the new title for this Star Wars solo movie being directed by Gareth Edwards (of Monsters, Godzilla). During the D23 Expo presentation on Star Wars, a new title card flashed on the screen announcing that the Anthology series would by titled A Star Wars Story instead. The full logo can be seen below. In addition, the cast has been confirmed: Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen (seen in the photo); plus Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, and Alan Tudyk (in a Star Wars movie?! Yes!). Sounds promising.

Here's the new title treatment for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the initial cast photo seen below it:

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The news was officially announced at Disney's D23 Expo, and posted via with all the details.

"Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe," says Kathleen Kennedy. "It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. Gareth is such an innovative director and I'm so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he’s selected for Rogue One."

Gareth Edwards is directing Rogue One, which tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and is still scheduled for a December 16th, 2016 release late next year. Shooting is just now underway. Veteran ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll, who shares a long history with the Star Wars movies, dating back to the mid-1990s, originated the idea for the movie. To create the "lived-in, realistic feel" of Rogue One, Edwards chose Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty, Foxcatcher) to be his director of photography and Neil Corbould (Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan) to be his special effects supervisor. One hell of a great crew for this.

For now we'll be watching for more updates on this, as filming is underway. I'm actually very excited for this - everything about it so far sounds like it's going to turn out awesome. Can't wait to see some footage. Cool?

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Reader Feedback - 40 Comments


Not cool with gareth edwards name on it.still can not wipe the bad memory from his last tragic work GodZilla.

Н.И. + on Aug 15, 2015


Most people find the Godzilla movie disappointing because of the story. That's not Edwards fault, he didn't write the story. And Godzilla was a good looking movie, so this can still turn out to be a good movie, depending on the story of course.

HarryFiddleSticks on Aug 15, 2015


Tragic? Talk about over dramatic.

IamSlave on Aug 15, 2015


You kidding?? Godzilla was trash. Absolute garbage. That he got this gig is a miracle really. I suppose visually he knows whats up but still if you dont have a good narrative, all the CG cant save it.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Aug 15, 2015


So you're blaming the director for a bad script? Yeah, that makes sense...

IamSlave on Aug 16, 2015


Oh geez. Really? Another anonymous twat mouthing off. Next. Get a real name, a real profile pic and just maybe, your comments will become relevant.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Aug 24, 2015


Don't be such an idiot and maybe your opinions might hold some weight. I don't see that happening though. Have fun being salty πŸ™‚

IamSlave on Aug 26, 2015


74% at RT...I guess the bar for not being "absolute garbage" is pretty fucking high

FreeJared on Aug 23, 2015


Yes, because those reviews like this: "A huge contender for film of the year - certainly it is one of the must-sees of 2014" Obviously RT collection of reviews are just nothing more than a collection of opinions. In my opinion this movie was garbage. What else do you need to know?

Sascha Dikiciyan on Aug 24, 2015


It's called an aggregate and it simply illustrates that your opinion is outside the norm and should be taken with a huge grain of salt. Somewhere out there is a guy who hates sex...that doesn't mean squat to the masses

FreeJared on Aug 24, 2015


Godzilla was garbage.

Н.И. + on Aug 15, 2015


Godzilla was a fucking spectacle. Show some respect.

Jon Odishaw on Aug 16, 2015


Hear hear!

Alex Billington on Aug 16, 2015


This looks so great so far. And what a cast!!

ListenToVinyl on Aug 15, 2015


Hell yeah Donnie Yen!

grimjob on Aug 15, 2015


Feels like they need to fill the asian cast box with this one. Guess they want to be popular in all territories, smart move Kathleen.

Mr Chatterbox on Aug 15, 2015


Kind of sucks that Disney didn't make 3 new SW movies with Han, Luke, and Leia via LOTR style. It was a break through in filmmaking and cost effective as well. amazing for fans getting to enjoy 3 movies in 3 years. Hopefully this Rogue 1 spinoff isn't crap.

Henry Willis on Aug 15, 2015


So 6 SW movies in 6 years is the consolation prize? I'll take it!

bumboclot on Aug 16, 2015


Whoa, Mads is in this? My interest just peaked a bit more...

cuckoozey on Aug 15, 2015



DAVIDPD on Aug 15, 2015


I love that Donnie Yen is in this movie. Love his stuff. This is going to be one interesting movie if they can pull it off!

Sascha Dikiciyan on Aug 15, 2015


Cool! So f_cking cool! I am so happy to see some Asian characters making their way into the STAR WARS UNIVERSE. Look how GRITTY!!!

DAVIDPD on Aug 15, 2015


The casting of Mads Mikkelsen is for me the best news what i heard about this movie. I thought it would be a flop, but now I am pretty sure I am going to watch this. Since Valhalla rising he is one of my favorite actors.... Great choice!

ari smulders on Aug 16, 2015


If I see any Kung Fu in Star Wars I'm gonna....(drops mic)

Why? on Aug 16, 2015


As opposed to Samurai sword fights? Yeah that would suck.

bumboclot on Aug 16, 2015


Like someone would know hand to hand-combat in a war, ridiculous...

ProjectionistHP on Aug 17, 2015


Riz Ahmed? Boy done good! I remember his comedy routines a long time ago.

Carpola on Aug 16, 2015


they look badass....but this is a Star Wars movie. Where are the aliens? They're all human....

TheOct8pus on Aug 16, 2015


First photo

Joker's hideout on Aug 17, 2015


Not sure what you mean....

TheOct8pus on Aug 17, 2015


I mean it's only the first photo...the alien of the group (should there be one) might have been the one who took the photo πŸ˜‰ In other words its too soon to assume there's no aliens in the spin off just because they're not shown here.

Joker's hideout on Aug 17, 2015


Hopefully you're right...I just hope that if there are alien crew members, they're not 100% CGI and they go for a more organic, Chewbacca-like approach.

TheOct8pus on Aug 17, 2015


JJ looks to be setting the bar pretty high in regards to practical effects, Im sure everyone will follow suit.

Jon Odishaw on Aug 18, 2015


Well, I see my dream of a Star Wars/Firefly crossover creeps ever closer. Disney should hand Joss Whedon the keys to that car without even asking for all he's done!

bumboclot on Aug 16, 2015


this is so Firefly !

Varun Bhonsle on Aug 16, 2015


Aaaaah ground-war nooo, then why call it Rogue? I was hoping for a rogue squadron film, oh well, here's to hoping it will be air to ground combat.

Panzerknecker on Aug 17, 2015


Maybe Rogue Squadron (based on the games) will be a sequel to this movie...

TheOct8pus on Aug 17, 2015


We'll see. I don't think they'll do two different rogue squads in two movies. There will problem be some dogfights, as they're gathered around some engines and stuff in this picture. I think it looks good, I was just hoping for a straight up X-wing movie.

Panzerknecker on Aug 17, 2015


My god, how many Star Wars movies are we getting? Disney executive meeting: "We need to double the Star Wars output of the 80s, 90s and 2000s in a decade." We have investors and accountants running that studio.

Comments_Usually_Suck on Aug 17, 2015


Cautiously optimistic. Shot looks like a garden variety SyFy series.

avconsumer2 on Aug 18, 2015

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