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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  • Н.И. +
    Not cool with gareth edwards name on it.still can not wipe the bad memory from his last tragic work GodZilla.
    • HarryFiddleSticks
      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.
    • IamSlave
      Tragic? Talk about over dramatic.
      • 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.
        • IamSlave
          So you're blaming the director for a bad script? Yeah, that makes sense...
          • 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.
          • IamSlave
            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 :)
        • FreeJared
          74% at RT...I guess the bar for not being "absolute garbage" is pretty fucking high
          • 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?
      • Н.И. +
        Godzilla was garbage.
    • Jon Odishaw
      Godzilla was a fucking spectacle. Show some respect.
  • ListenToVinyl
    This looks so great so far. And what a cast!!
  • grimjob
    Hell yeah Donnie Yen!
  • Mr Chatterbox
    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.
  • Henry Willis
    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.
    • bumboclot
      So 6 SW movies in 6 years is the consolation prize? I'll take it!
  • cuckoozey
    Whoa, Mads is in this? My interest just peaked a bit more...
  • 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!
    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!!!
  • ari smulders
    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!
  • Why?
    If I see any Kung Fu in Star Wars I'm gonna....(drops mic)
    • bumboclot
      As opposed to Samurai sword fights? Yeah that would suck.
    • ProjectionistHP
      Like someone would know hand to hand-combat in a war, ridiculous...
  • Riz Ahmed? Boy done good! I remember his comedy routines a long time ago.
  • TheOct8pus
    they look badass....but this is a Star Wars movie. Where are the aliens? They're all human....
    • First photo
      • TheOct8pus
        Not sure what you mean....
        • 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 😉 In other words its too soon to assume there's no aliens in the spin off just because they're not shown here.
          • TheOct8pus
            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.
          • Jon Odishaw
            JJ looks to be setting the bar pretty high in regards to practical effects, Im sure everyone will follow suit.
  • bumboclot
    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!
  • Varun Bhonsle
    this is so Firefly !
  • Panzerknecker
    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.
    • TheOct8pus
      Maybe Rogue Squadron (based on the games) will be a sequel to this movie...
      • Panzerknecker
        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.
  • Comments_Usually_Suck
    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.
  • avconsumer2
    Cautiously optimistic. Shot looks like a garden variety SyFy series.




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