Principal photography has begun on the first film in the standalone series of Star Wars films – Rogue One.
Along with that announcement, LucasFilm have also confirmed the casting for the film, which tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star.
LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy explained a little more about the film.
“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. 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.’”
Star Wars: Rogue One is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed.
It will be released on 16 December 2016.