Star Wars: Rogue One

Star Wars: Rogue One
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Some of you may be aware that this exists but if not then your in for a treat. As excited as I am for EP7 I may be more excited for this. This is the first in the Star Wars Anthology series which will be one off movies in the universe at various points in time. In short, we are having a new Star Wars movie every year through 2020.

2015 - EP7
2016 - Rogue One
2017 - EP8
2018 - Han Solo Anthology. Yes, it’s already been confirmed. It follow a Han Solo on adventure in his 20s. So 10-15 years before A New Hope.
2019 - EP9
2020 - Boba Fett Anthology. Katleen Kennedy from Disney kinda sorta let this one slip a few days ago.


Anyways, back to Rogue One.

Lucasfilm announced today that their first film in the new standalone Star Wars stories series, Rogue One, has begun principal photography. Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) 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 slated for a December 16, 2016 release.

The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role in The Theory of Everything; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008’s Oscar-winning Milk and the critically acclaimed Killing Them Softly; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmy for his leading role in Bloodline and co-starring in the upcoming Mississippi Grind; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in Ip Man and Blade II; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, produced , directed and starred in the award-winning Let the Bullets Fly and Devils on the Doorstep; Forest Whitaker, recently featured in the critically-acclaimed Lee Daniels’ The Butler and winner of an Academy Award for his leading role in 2006’s The Last King of Scotland; Mads Mikkelsen, who starred in The Hunt and was the memorable villain from 2006’s Casino Royale; Alan Tudyk, who plays a performance-capture character in Rogue One, stars in the soon-to-be-released Con Man series and Trumbo, which releases this November; and Riz Ahmed, who was recently featured in Nightcrawler and starred in the BAFTA-winning film Four Lions.

"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.’”

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. Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Cinderella), John Knoll, Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) are executive producers. Kiri Hart and John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) are co-producers.

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. 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) will be the production designers. Additional crew members will include 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).

Here’s some bonus photos from the set and some concept art.

Can’t wait. great time to be a Star Wars fan.


Wow, I did not know about this or the 6 year plan for Star Wars films. That is pretty great for Star Wars fans, as you said, but also just for sci-fi fans in general. I love me a great sci-fi flick but have been disappointed recently with what Hollywood has been pushing out. Jupiter Ascending? Anyone. Anyone?

I hope the revival of Lucas films and others like Blade Runner, etc… is a good sign for things to come. I am ready for superhero movies to take a back seat to some good ol’ fashion epic space dramas.


Jupiter Ascending. HA! Did you watch the whole thing? I turned that shit off as soon as Tatum showed up in space roller skates. What a piece of shit.


Nah, I didn’t see any of it, so I really shouldn’t be talking smack about it w/o knowing for myself. After hearing all of the crap about it I decided to skip it.

You think they are handling these Star War films much better than EP1-3? I’m not nearly as concerned in who is acting in them as much as I am with who is directing, writing, etc…

I was excited to see that latest Godzilla, but I never got around to seeing it. I have also heard really good things about Monsters, but once again, have not gotten around to seeing it yet.

I think we may need @ChristopheLeFou to get in on this conversation.


Both Monsters and Godzilla were really good. They made a good choice in getting him and the film crew he has with him is stacked.


The first third and the last third of Godzilla were great. That whole middle act following Kick-Ass the soldier can go suck a bag of dicks.


I’m a little sad they didn’t just list Alan Tudyk’s previous work as “Motherfucking WASH! … and Tucker.”



Ex Machina was the best sci-fi film (and one of the best films in general) of last year, but it’s very slow paced and meditative. Not a sci-fi “epic” or space related. This is as much action as you’ll see in it, basically:

As per what’s happening with Star Wars, I couldn’t be more excited. I’m loving every drip. High hopes.


I should probably check that out at some point as well. Man, the list of movies I need to see just so I can have a fairly informative viewpoint is climbing. Guardians of the Galaxy was as close to an epic space movie I have seen in sometime. Any chances they pull in Mr. Pratt for any of these projects? It’s not really a Hollywood blockbuster without him, no?


Guardians was definitely great. Interstellar wasn’t immediately entertaining for a lot of people, but it’s very good with repeat viewings. I dig slow sci-fi stuff, though.

Here’s an exclusive gif of Pratt in the new Star Wars movies:


I like what’s happening here.


At a recent autograph signing, actor Mads Mikkelsen, who recently joined the Star Wars: Rogue One cast, signed a Star Wars poster for a fan, but didn’t stop there – he also wrote the name “Galen” underneath his signature. This is likely the name of the character he will be portraying in Rogue One. This isn’t a unique name in the Star Wars universe. The Force Unleashed’s Starkiller also goes by Galen Marek.

While some fans are speculating that Mikkelsen could be playing Marek in the film, it seems unlikely seeing that Disney erased this character from the Star Wars timeline along with the rest of the Expanded Universe. The more likely scenario is that Disney is recycling some of the most popular names in from the Expanded Universe. While repeated names are common in the real world, we rarely, if ever, see the same name twice in Star Wars. Odds are, there will only be one Lando.

It was recently revealed that a location in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is called Starkiller Base. That’s two potential connections to The Force Unleashed in movies releasing in consecutive years. For long-time Star Wars fans, Starkiller is also the last name of Luke Skywalker from the original Star Wars script. His name was Annikin Starkiller.

Wild speculation or legit tie-ins…or does it really matter?


There are certain stories that should not have been erased from canon. Star War: The Force Unleashed 1 is one of them. I’d love to see Starkiller return.


And I just realized that since I’m not a big Star Wars guy, maybe I should be spoiler tagging some of that. What do you think, Smurf?


I didn’t read any of that as spoilery. Maybe only the Starkiller Base part…


Well, since we’ve already mentioned it three times now, I guess it goes. Anybody who wants to avoid spoilers that bad probably shouldn’t be reading this topic.


Too bad TFU was a terrible game.


You take that back!

TFU2 wasn’t the greatest. In fact, the ending made NO sense, but I quite enjoyed TFU1.


Nope, terrible. Literally unplayable at times. I never finished the first level because I kept getting knocked to the ground and then shoved off the platforms to my death because the developers decided not to give the player invincibility frames when stunned.

I have no opinion of the story other than “probably unecessary.”