The first in a new standalone Star Wars anthology movie series, director Gareth Edwards’ (Godzilla) Star Wars Rogue One has been almost completely silent regard and details… until now thanks to an unnamed source….
During a recent shareholders meeting, Disney CEO Bob Iger showed off a sizzle reel for Rogue One and confirmed that the film does in fact take place right before the classic events of Episode IV – a first after months of speculation regarding the film’s precise point in between the first two Star Wars film trilogies. Said Iger:
It’s our first original standalone Star Wars story. It’s about a band of rebels who are plotting to steal the plans for the Death Star. The action takes place right before the events in the very first Star Wars movie, Episode IV, which was called A New Hope. And I can’t wait for you to see it, it’s in theaters this December.
Iger then proceeded to give the shareholders a tiny taste of exactly what Rogue One will look like with an all too brief sizzle reel and insider recalled –
Most of it was very quick. A shot of the black stormtrooper, possibly called Death Troopers as previously reported, another pic of that same style of helmet and armor but all chrome, reminiscent of Captain Phasma from The Force Awakens, an image showed two AT-ATs that had a slightly different look with the door panel on the side of the body painted a lighter beige color. And a couple cast photos were shown, one of Felicity & Diego Luna and another of Donnie Yen. The clip featured Felicity’s character on what looked like the inside of a ship or shuttle with her arm up holding on and the hatch/ramp open behind her. I wish I could remember what she said as part of the sizzle but it went by too fast. The new stormtroopers looked great.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16th, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.