It was previously rumored that director Gareth Edward‘s Star Wars: Rogue One would be a heist film that revolves around the Death Star plans. That rumor was confirmed to be true by the director during his panel at Star Wars Celebration today, and he even showed off some teaser footage!
“A band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans in Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One.”
Felicity Jones has already been cast in the movie, and she will play a rebel soldier in the story, which is set before Episode IV.
They teased the film at the event with some crazy cool war type movie visuals, like in the concept art you see above. Then there was the footage, which showed a TIE fighter flying above a forest planet and then revealed the Death Star. It also featured shots of soldiers running through darkness. There is also a voice over from Obi-Wan Kenobi that says:
“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.”
You can actually watch a video of it below for yourself if you want! Edward’s went on to explain:
“It comes down to a group of individuals that don’t have magic powers, that have to bring hope to the galaxy.”
It was also clarified at the event that the standalone movies are being called “anthology films” rather than spinoffs, because of their varying degree of scale, genre, characters and places.
This first anthology film seems like it’s going to kick some serious ass. I can’t wait for these movies to start coming out! Star Wars: Rogue One is set to be released in December 2016.