More information has dropped this weekend at Star Wars Celebration, this time regarding the upcoming Star Wars standalone film Rogue One. The film, it has been revealed, will follow a band of resistance fighters uniting for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans. The film will take place between Episode III and Episode IV, but closer to “A New Hope.”
The news was revealed at a panel with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm SVP of development Kiri Hart and Rogue One director Gareth Edwards. The director of the other untitled Star Wars stand-alone project, Josh Trank, was also supposed to be in attendance to discuss his project, but the director had to cancel due to illness.
A Rogue One teaser trailer was shown and a description of the events was captured by Variety and reads as follows:
The Rogue One teaser opened with a somewhat idyllic bird’s-eye view of a lush forest planet, showing a TIE fighter soaring above the trees before the camera pulled back to reveal the Death Star in close orbit. The teaser utilized one of Alec Guinness’ lines from “A New Hope” in voiceover, as Obi-Wan Kenobi explained, “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.”
The final moments of the teaser ended on a chilling note, as garbled distress messages from what sounded like soldiers or pilots crackled over a radio frequency, before the sound and title card fizzled out as if the signal had been abruptly cut off.
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Star Wars: Rogue One is scheduled to be released in December 2016