Lucasfilm announced today during Disney’s D23 that the first film in the new standalone Star Wars Anthology series, “Rogue One,” has begun principal photography. Directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) Rogue One picks up right befoew Star Wars: A New Hope and tell the story of a group 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.
Kathleen Kennedy said:
“‘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.’”
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Star Wars: Rogue One is set to be released on December 16, 2016.