First Look: Cast of 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Solo Movie Revealed
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:
The news was officially announced at Disney's D23 Expo, and posted via StarWars.com 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?