X-Wing Extravaganza: First 'Star Wars' Spinoff Officially Titled 'Rogue One'

Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:09 Written by  iamrogue
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X-Wing Extravaganza: First 'Star Wars' Spinoff Officially Titled 'Rogue One'

Next year's Star Wars spinoff, the first standalone adventure in a new cinematic universe, has a title, one that suits us just fine.

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced this morning that Gareth Edwards' mysterious space opera is officially called Star Wars: Rogue One

Yes, like iamROGUE, Star Wars is going Rogue.

Also confirmed: Felicity Jones is set to star in the lead role and Academy Award nominee Chris Weitz is taking over as screenwriter following an initial draft by Gary Whitta.

Yet so, so much remains unknown.  Rogue One seems to refer to the squadron of X-Wing pilots with whom Luke Skywalker flew in the Rebel Alliance.  In Star Wars: A New Hope, the group is called Red Squadron, but by The Empire Strikes Back, Luke is "Rogue Leader."  Wedge Antilles commands Rogue Squadron in the expanded universe, particularly in a popular series of novels of video games, but Disney is wiping out the existing expanded universe, opting instead to build its own cinematic universe without running afoul of continuity.

We've heard rumors that this standalone movie involves a bunch of unsavory types in a heist to steal the plans for the original Death Star, the plans that end up in R2-D2's possession.

Rogue One sounds like the designation for the lead squadron pilot, so mayhaps this quasi-prequel will show how this heist led to the creation of Rogue Squadron?  Will we see a young Wedge Antilles joining whomever Jones is playing?  How about Porkins?

That's enough speculation, however.  Check out this relevant excerpt from the announcement at StarWars.com.  Maybe the most fascinating tidbit is that visual effects supervisor John Knoll actually came up with the Rogue One concept and is serving as an executive producer.  Right on, John!

Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz). The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in The Theory of Everything. The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (Band of Brothers, The Pacific) are on board to produce and John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will co-produce. The film starts shooting this summer in London and is due for release on December 16, 2016.

This December 18th, Star Wars: The Force Awakens ushers in the Disney era for this mega-franchise. 

With production set to kick off this summer, Star Wars: Rogue One arrives just a hair under a year later, but isn't directly connected to the primary Star Wars saga unfolding in the new trilogy.  Or rather, it's connected, but isn't a part of that continuing story.  The sequel, Star Wars: Episode VIII, Iger revealed, is set to open in theaters May 26, 2017, less than six months after Rogue One.

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