Star Wars fans across the galaxies far and wide rejoice, for we finally have an official title for the long-known but little-discussed Star Wars spinoff movie! Not long after Disney announced their acquisition of LucasFilm, they also confirmed a few standalone films.
As many of us know, unearthing information on this spinoff has been pretty difficult. I, for one, was starting to feel a little antsy with anticipation. Nearly two years later, at last we know that the Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) directed, and Chris Weitz ([Cinderella](movie:373064), About a Boy) penned film be called Rogue One.
As of now, the only actor confirmed to be in the film is none other than the fantastic Academy Award nominee Felicity Jones ( [The Theory of Everything](movie:1000359), Like Crazy)!
Check out Lucasfilm's official announcement for more information:
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.
As a standalone film, Rogue One will take place in the Star Wars universe, but won't tie into the main cinematic storylines of Luke or Anakin Skywalker. We also have no idea when or where in the galaxy it will take place.
Given the title, we're speculating that the film will focus on the Rebel Alliance or Rogue Squadron. While everything prior to Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm is technically non-canon, Edwards and Weitz could be looking to pull ideas and characters from Rogue Squadron (1996), the popular first novel in the Star Wars: X-wing series. It's still too soon to say if that's their intention, but it would give us a good idea of what to expect.
In any case, I'm excited for the Star Wars films to finally begin building upon their, already expansive, universe.
Now all we have to do is wait until December 16, 2016! Think you can wait patiently until then? No, me neither.