Here are some highlights from the Star Wars Anthology Panel at Star Wars Celebration thanks to Slash Film (provided the header image as well) and Badass Digest for their live-blogging coverage via their Twitter accounts. Damn you, for not streaming this Lucasfilm!
The new term for the spin-offs and standalone films is now “Star Wars Anthology” films. These films could be considered many different genres but will feel like authentic Star Wars films.
Kathy Kennedy introduced Star Wars: Rogue One director Gareth Edwards, apparently Josh Trank is said to be sick and not attending. The rumor mill will swirl with speculation I’d imagine from this. Gareth Edwards was moved to tears when he first saw The Force Awakens trailer, he’s apparently not alone.
He also showed some concept footage and artwork (via Bryan Bishop) for Star Wars: Rogue One. I can see why people were saying the images looked a bit like Halo, but this seems all Star Wars to me.
It’s now being referred to Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, and the footage seemingly confirms it is indeed about heisting the Death Star plans, there is apparently a full scale shot of the Death Star in footage they were shown. Confirming Slash Film’s scoop about the film’s plot from November.
Rogue One follows A rogue resistance of rebel fighters unite to steal the Death Star plans.
It includes an Obi Wan voice-over talking about the jedi, but Gareth confirms there are no jedi in the film. A huge shocker that I’m sure will have fans shaking their heads, but it’s sort of accurate from what we’ve been hearing about the film. The film does in fact focus on a group of non-magical characters who have to save the galaxy without those abilities. Giving the impression this film will indeed be focused on soldiers, bounty hunters, and mercenaries.
They confirm it’s indeed set between Episodes 3-4, not unlike Rebels.
Felicity Jones will be playing a Rebel Soldier in the film.
Greig Fraser, the director of photography from Zero Dark Thirty is working on the film (confirmed previously) including crew members from Black Hawk Down and Saving Private Ryan. It’s looking like we’re getting a full-on Star Wars movie with actual battle scenes between the Rebellion and the Empire. Perhaps, one of the first true war films set in the Star Wars universe, as I don’t count the CGI messes in the prequels.
The film is based on a pitch by ILM’s John Knoll and was the first project that Kathy Kennedy put into development when she signed-on as the head of Lucasfilm. I assume this means that Episode VII had already been pre-arranged with Disney before the merger.
Star Wars: Rogue One will heading into theatres on December 16, 2016.
SOURCE: LUCASFILM (via SLASH FILM and BADASS DIGEST)