During Disney’s Shareholder meeting today, CEO Bob Iger announced that the first Star Wars standalone film will be titled Star Wars: Rogue One. Iger also confirmed that rumors that Felicity Jones will indeed be starring in the film directed by Gareth Edwards, and written by Chris Weitz. Not much is known about the project at this time.
Iger said the spin-offs will “go well beyond the core Star Wars saga,” meaning we’re about to enter a lot of fun and uncharted territory. Rumors persist that the new film will be a heist film involving Bounty Hunters, Han Solo, and the stealing of the Death Star plans. It would make sense, and with Star Wars: Rebels being one of the first new canon entries, a movie set in the same time period before A New Hope could work very well. This will be the first in the series of standalone Star Wars films that will break away from the core storylines in the series, bringing us to new places and stories we haven’t ventured into.
Production on Star Wars: Rogue One is aiming to begin this summer for a December 16, 2016 release.