Lucasfilm announced today that their first film in the new standalone Star Wars stories series, â€œRogue One,â€ has begun principal photography. Gareth Edwards (â€œGodzilla,â€ â€œMonstersâ€) is directing â€œRogue One,â€ 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 AwardÂ® for her leading role in â€œThe Theory of Everythingâ€; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008â€™s OscarÂ®-winning â€œMilkâ€ and the critically acclaimed â€œKilling Them Softlyâ€; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an EmmyÂ® for his leading role in â€œBloodlineâ€ and co-starring in the upcoming â€œMississippi Grindâ€; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in â€œIp Manâ€ and â€œBlade IIâ€; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, produced , directed and starred in the award-winning â€œLet the Bullets Flyâ€ and â€œDevils on the Doorstepâ€; Forest Whitaker, recently featured in the critically-acclaimed Lee Danielsâ€™ â€œThe Butlerâ€ and winner of an Academy AwardÂ® for his leading role in 2006â€™s â€œThe Last King of Scotland; Mads Mikkelsen, who starred in â€œThe Huntâ€ and was the memorable villain from 2006â€™s â€œCasino Royaleâ€; Alan Tudyk, who plays a performance-capture character in â€œRogue One,â€ stars in the soon-to-be-released â€œCon Manâ€ series and â€œTrumbo,â€ which releases this November; and Riz Ahmed, who was recently featured in â€œNightcrawlerâ€ and starred in the BAFTA-winning film â€œFour Lions.â€
â€œâ€˜Rogue Oneâ€™ 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,â€ says Kathleen Kennedy. â€œIt 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 Iâ€™m so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast heâ€™s selected for â€˜Rogue One.â€™â€
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 (â€œThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire,â€ â€œCinderellaâ€), John Knoll, Simon Emanuel (â€œThe Dark Knight Rises,â€ â€œFast & Furious 6â€) and Jason McGatlin (â€œTintin,â€ â€œWar of the Worldsâ€) are executive producers. Kiri Hart and John Swartz (â€œStar Wars: The Force Awakensâ€) are co-producers.
To create the lived-in, realistic feel of â€œRogue One,â€ Edwards chose Greig Fraser (â€œZero Dark Thirty,â€ â€œFoxcatcherâ€) to be his director of photography and Neil Corbould (â€œBlack Hawk Down,â€ â€œGladiator,â€ â€œSaving Private Ryanâ€) to be his special effects supervisor. Star Wars and Lucasfilm veteran Doug Chiang (â€œStar Wars: Episodes I-II,â€ â€œForrest Gumpâ€) and Neil Lamont (supervising art director for the â€œHarry Potterâ€ series, â€œEdge of Tomorrowâ€) will be the production designers. Additional crew members will include stunt coordinator Rob Inch (â€œWorld War Z,â€ Marvelâ€™s â€œCaptain America: The First Avengerâ€), creature effects supervisor Neal Scanlan (â€œPrometheusâ€) and co-costume designers Dave Crossman (costume supervisor for the â€œHarry Potterâ€ series, â€œSaving Private Ryanâ€) and Glyn Dillon (costume concept artist for â€œKingsman: The Secret Service,â€ â€œJupiter Ascendingâ€).
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