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There's another Star Wars movie on the way this December - here's all we know about it so far

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be the first of many planned spin-off movies from the main film franchise.

1 Disney Disney An official Rogue One cast photo Disney

WE’RE 11 MONTHS from the premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but that hasn’t stopped fans from breathlessly sleuthing for details about the next movie in the franchise.

The title for the first film in the Star Wars anthology series was announced in March, along with news that Felicity Jones was the first to be cast and that the anticipated release date was 16 December, 2016.

Since then, very little information has been released, but we’ve compiled what we do know for now — along with a few popular rumors — to hold us over until the first trailer is finally released.

Here is everything we know so far about Rogue One:

The film is the first in the “Star Wars Anthology”, a series of standalone films, which will include movies dedicated to Han Solo and bounty hunter Boba Fett.

2 Disney Disney Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, took part in Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios presentation at Disney's D23 Expo 2015 Disney

Gareth Edwards, known for the 2014 Godzilla reboot, will direct the film.

gareth edwards Kimberley French / Warner Bros Gareth Edwards on the set of Godzilla Kimberley French / Warner Bros / Warner Bros

The script was written by Chris Weitz (About a Boy), based on an idea from visual-effects supervisor John Knoll. Gary Whitta (After Earth) was originally hired to write the screenplay, but he left the project after writing the first draft.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

The film will take place before the events of 1977′s A New Hope and focus on a group of resistance fighters who attempt to steal the plans for the Empire’s newest weapon, the Death Star.

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Gareth Edwards confirmed that it would be a “war movie” and that the Jedi would be absent from the film.

5 Star Wars / Lucasfilm The absence of the Jedi hangs over the movie, Edwards said. So don't expect any Jedi lessons like Yoda taught Luke Star Wars / Lucasfilm / Lucasfilm

Source: /Film

Knoll got the idea from a line in the opening crawl of Star Wars, also known as A New Hope. The line reads: “During the battle, rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star …”

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Source: Wired

Felicity Jones will be a rebel soldier and was the first person cast in the film. The rest of the cast was announced during Disney’s D23 expo and includes Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Jiang Wen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen, and Alan Tudyk.

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Source: Tech Insider

Alan Tudyk will play a motion-capture character in Rogue One.

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Not much is known about the characters, but Donnie Yen described his to The Hollywood Reporter as “good and benevolent”.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Mads Mikkelsen also revealed that his character was a “very important role” and “not a bad guy”.

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Source: Cinema Blend

Academy Award-winning composer Alexandre Desplat (Argo, The King’s Speech) is composing the score.

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The film was primarily shot at Pinewood Studios in the UK.

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Mads Mikkelsen also confirmed that the film would partially be shot in Iceland, where parts of The Force Awakens were shot — particularly for scenes on the Starkiller Base.

8 Flickr / qfwfq78 Northern Lights near Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland Flickr / qfwfq78 / qfwfq78

Source: Cinema Blend

The film began principal photography in August 2015 and will be released on 16 December, 2016, almost exactly a year after the premiere of The Force Awakens.

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Rogue One was recently named the most anticipated movie of 2016 in a survey conducted by Fandango.

10 Disney John Boyega as Finn is pumped up manning the weapons on the Millennium Falcon in The Force Awakens. Disney

Source: Fandango

TMZ leaked photos of what appears to be a classic X-wing on the set of Rogue One, similar to the fighter Luke Skywalker flies in the original trilogy, which also happens to be used to destroy the Death Star.

11 Lucasfilm Since the film takes place before the events of A New Hope, reverting back to an older version of the X-wing makes sense Lucasfilm

Source: TMZ


Other photos leaked from the set show what appears to be a crashed X-wing. Whether the photos of the ship released by TMZ are supposed to be this potentially crashed fighter are unknown, as are the reasons for the possible crash.

12 Disney An X-Wing from The Force Awakens. Disney


RUMOR: One theory says the young Han Solo — who is getting his own anthology film — will make a cameo in the movie.

13 Lucasfilm Casting choices for the young Solo have been narrowed down, and since the Han Solo film isn't coming out until 2018, some folks think we might get a glimpse sooner rather than later Lucasfilm

Source: Variety

RUMOR: Diego Luna will play Biggs Darklighter, Luke Skywalker’s childhood friend who perished during the Battle of Yavin in A New Hope.

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Source: Cinema Blend

RUMOR: Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and Grand Moff Tarkin will appear in the movie.

14 Lucasfilm Peter Cushing, the actor who portrayed Tarkin, died in 1994, so rumor has it that he could be resurrected through CGI and archive footage. Or he could simply be recast if they do include him Lucasfilm

RUMOR: We don’t even have a name for Felicity Jones’ character, but some folks theorize that the young rebel fighter is the daughter of infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett.

15 Lucasfilm Screencap Hey, it might not be true, but it makes for a nice pairing with all the Rey theories. Lucasfilm Screencap

Source: /Film

- Anjelica Oswald

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