Rebel Spies, Thieves of Death Star #1’s Plans, Identified!
From the original Star Wars: Episode IV title crawl:
It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire.
During the battle, rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.
And that forms the premise for STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE, the first of the eagerly awaited anthology films. According to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, ROGUE ONE will:
…be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe. 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.”
On August 15th, Lucasfilm announced that Rogue One has begun filming with director Gareth Edwards at the helm. Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, the film has a scheduled release date of December 16, 2016.
Also unveiled was the first photo of the cast on-set and in costume which set the internet aflame for a day or two…
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The cast, notable for #1. being the first Star Wars cast with a female lead (until possibly the release of The Force Awakens when Daisy Ridley’s role comes into clearer focus) and #2. being the most ethnically diverse (for now) includes:
Executive Producers on the film include John Knoll, who is a veteran ILM visual effects supervisor and originated the idea for Rogue One (also one of the co-creators of Photoshop), Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin). Co-producers Kiri Hart and John Swartz are rounding out the producing team.
Of course, Star Wars is known for its “lived-in look” so Gareth Edwards chose collaborators who will keep the Universe looking consistent while adding to its visual tradition. Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty, Foxcatcher) is the cinematographer and Neil Corbould (Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan) is the special effects supervisor. Star Wars and Lucasfilm veteran Doug Chiang (Star Wars: Episodes I-II, Forrest Gump) and Neil Lamont (supervising art director for the Harry Potter series, Edge of Tomorrow) are handling production design duties. Stunt coordinator Rob Inch (World War Z, Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger), creature effects supervisor Neal Scanlan (Prometheus) and co-costume designers Dave Crossman (costume supervisor for the Harry Potter series, Saving Private Ryan) and Glyn Dillon (costume concept artist for Kingsman: The Secret Service, Jupiter Ascending) are also on board.
For more on the announcement visit StarWars.com.