ByRicky Derisz, writer at Creators.co
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Ricky Derisz

From the very beginning of Star Wars, George Lucas envisioned an epic tale which would span across multiple feature films. Shortly after the unexpected success of A New Hope in 1977, Lucas confirmed he had planned a 12 episode narrative, with a predicted completion date of 2001.

The franchise is a little behind that prediction — the seventh instalment, The Force Awakens, was released last year. But it's set to be completed, with Star Wars Episode VIII released in 2017 and Star Wars Episode IX in 2019.

Rogue One fractures away from the core, joined up narrative. Dubbed an anthology movie (and not a spin-off) it's very much a part of the Star Wars universe, sandwiched in between Revenge of the Sith (2005) and A New Hope (1977). It's closely linked to the latter, with events from Rogue One essentially acting out the opening crawl and leading to within minutes of the original.

Lucas originally started at Episode IV because he felt that movie technology was not sufficient to bring his idea to the big screen until the The Phantom Menace, the first episode of the series, was released in 1999, and only specified events as occurring "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away." Queue some confusion as the Star Wars timeline was thrown off track.

With Rogue One thrusting itself into the midst of the story, what better time to revisit the Star Wars timeline (using The Phantom Menace as year zero). Below you can view Movie Pilot's very own comprehensive breakdown video, with a text layout further below:

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

'Rogue One' [Credit: Disney]
'Rogue One' [Credit: Disney]

Release date: December 16, 2016

Date in Star Wars timeline: 32 years after PM

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Luke Skywalker in 'A New Hope' [Credit: Disney]
Luke Skywalker in 'A New Hope' [Credit: Disney]

Release date: May 25, 1977

Date in Star Wars timeline: 32 years after PM

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Darth Vader and Luke in 'The Empire Strikes Back' [Credit: Disney]
Darth Vader and Luke in 'The Empire Strikes Back' [Credit: Disney]

Release date: May 21, 1980

Date in Star Wars timeline: 35 years after PM

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Skywalker and Vader in 'Return of the Jedi'
Skywalker and Vader in 'Return of the Jedi'

Release date: May 25, 1983

Date in Star Wars timeline: 36 years after PM

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

'The Phantom Menace' [Credit: Disney]
'The Phantom Menace' [Credit: Disney]

Release date: May 19, 1999

Date in Star Wars timeline: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

'Attack of the Clones' [Credit: Disney]
'Attack of the Clones' [Credit: Disney]

Release date: May 16, 2002

Date in Star Wars timeline: 10 years after PM

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Animated TV Series)

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' [Credit: Disney]
'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' [Credit: Disney]

Release date: October 3, 2008 - March 7, 2014

Date in Star Wars timeline: Year 10 - 12

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

'Revenge of the Sith' [Credit: Disney]
'Revenge of the Sith' [Credit: Disney]

Release date: May 19, 2005

Date in Star Wars timeline: 13 years after PM

Star Wars Rebels (Animated TV Series)

'Star Wars Rebels' [Credit: Disney]
'Star Wars Rebels' [Credit: Disney]

Release date: October 3, 2014 - Present

Date in Star Wars timeline: Years 27 - 30

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

'The Force Awakens' [Credit: Disney]
'The Force Awakens' [Credit: Disney]

Release date: December 18, 2015

Date in Star Wars timeline: 66 years after PM

Star Wars: Episode VIII

Release date: December 15, 2017

Date in Star Wars timeline: Unknown, probably 66/67 years after PM (leads on from FA)

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