‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Releases First Photo; Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk Join Cast

[PHOTO] Star Wars: Rogue One Casts
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Star Wars: Rogue One” released the first image of the full cast at Disney’s D23 Expo, confirming the stars as Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed.

“Rogue One” has begun principal photography with “Godzilla’s” Gareth Edwards directing. The standalone film tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy.

“‘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,” said Kennedy in a statement. “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.’”

ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll originated the idea for the movie, with Chris Weitz penning the script. Allison Shearmur, Knoll, Simon Emanuel and Jason McGatlin are executive producers. Kiri Hart and John Swartz are co-producers.

Greig Fraser (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Foxcatcher”) serves as director of photography and Neil Corbould (“Black Hawk Down,” “Gladiator,” “Saving Private Ryan”) is special effects supervisor. Doug Chiang (“Star Wars: Episodes I,” “Star Wars: Episodes II,” “Forrest Gump”) and Neil Lamont (supervising art director for the “Harry Potter” series, “Edge of Tomorrow”) will be the production designers. Additional crew members include stunt coordinator Rob Inch (“World War Z,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”), creature effects supervisor Neal Scanlan (“Prometheus”) and co-costume designers Dave Crossman (costume supervisor for the “Harry Potter” series, “Saving Private Ryan”) and Glyn Dillon (costume concept artist for “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Jupiter Ascending”).

Disney had plenty more “Star Wars” news to share with eager fans at D23, including plans for two “Star Wars”-themed lands at Disneyland and Disney World, and confirmation that “Jurassic World” helmer Colin Trevorrow will direct “Episode IX.” Rian Johnson was previously announced as the writer and director of “Episode VIII.”

The next standalone film in the “Star Wars” franchise, a Han Solo origin story, is slated for release on May 25, 2018. The film will be written by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan, with “21 Jump Street’s” Phil Lord and Chris Miller directing.

“Star Wars: Rogue One” will hit theaters on December 16, 2016.

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  1. Jedi77 says:

    Looks ok to me. If there is a story to tell in the StarWars universe, this is certainly a good choice.
    I would sincerly hope, however, that all talk of someone being Boba Fetts daughter is speculation.
    Just make a good film, don’t start this intertwining worldbuilding crap.

    Just a good film, with a neat stand alone story, that doesn’t wreak havoc on the Boba Fett we know and love from 1977-1983.
    Also: No New Zealand accents, please. Boba Fett is not from New Zealand.

  2. Preston says:

    It really sounds like a bunch of whiners and haters commenting on this. You automatically criticized something that has only begun to film. Are you people that miserable that you have to hate on something you really know nothing about?

  3. graydude says:

    Can you say bastardizing Star Wars, boys and girls?

  4. Darren Heideman says:

    And what hope I had for this is fading…

  5. guest says:

    I’m glad the main character is a woman. But did that mean no other women in the cast? Ridiculous.

  6. freehawk says:

    Why would you want to steal the Death Star? What would you do with it

    • Michael says:

      They are not stealing the Death Star, just the plans for it, so that way the rebels know how to blow it up. I apologize if you were being sarcastic, hard to tell from text.

  7. Michael says:

    Looks much more interesting that the one coming in a few months.

  8. Yemmy says:

    Reblogged this on Star Wars Actors Guild 77 (SWAG 77) and commented:
    Exciting Rogue One

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