On the final day of the Star Wars Celebration event, Gareth Edwars has opened up a little about the first announced Star Wars standalone title. Rogue One.
Now officially titled Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, the film will focus on a rogue band of resistance fighters, who will unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Stars plans.
Despite the film not due to go before cameras until the summer, Edwards presented a short teaser, which has already leaked online. No word yet if Disney plan on officially releasing the footage, though given that this panel was one of the few at this weekend’s event not to be streamed live, it would suggest that was for attendees only.
Edwards was joined on stage by the film’s producer Kathleen Kennedy, ILM’s John Knoll and Lucasfilm’s VP of Development Kiri Hart, and revealed that Rogue One is set between Episode III and Episode IV . He also said;
“Basically in an era where there are no Jedi, where they’re all but extinct. It’s about the fact that God’s not coming to save us. We’re on our own and we have to do this ourselves. The absence of Jedi is omnipresent in the film, it hangs over the whole movie. It comes down to a group of individuals who don’t have special powers but have to bring hope and justice to the galaxy.”
“The word that we say the most is ‘real’. The realism. This is a real place that we’re really in. It will feel very natural and subjective. Star Wars was very black and white: the good guys were incredibly good and the bad guys were very bad. Our movie is very grey and something that leads to that polarised event that is A New Hope. It’s about the realities of war. Good guys are bad, bad guys are good – it’s a complicated place to set a movie.”
Hart also explained the thinking behind the film’s title – and that of future standalone movies.
“Star Wars is a set of character but also a place and it’s a place we can explore. It has a timeline and we wanted freedom to do some films that would stand on their own they could vary in scale and genre introduce new characters and new places. We’re calling them Anthology films.”
Felicity Jones is thus far the only officially confirmed cast member.
Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One will be released in December 2016.