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It's D23 this weekend, and many fans out there were looking for ONE thing: Star Wars News! Well Disney definitely delivered on that by releasing the first cast photo from next year's Star Wars: Rogue One.

They also released the first cast list, which included some exciting names, although no character descriptions at this time. Along with the already announced Felicity Jones, Rogue One is set to include:

Mads Mikkelsen

Diego Luna

Ben Mendelsohn

Donnie Yen

Jiang Wen

Forest Whitaker

Alan Tudyk

Riz Ahmed

Quite the cast. I am really excited to see Alan Tudyk back in space, where he soars. Whitaker is an excellent actor as well. Mikkelson, hopefully, will be portraying one of his masterful villain roles.

Gareth Edwards, known for directing Godzilla, is directing the film.

From LucasFilm boss Kathleen Kennedy today at D23:

"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 Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy. “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.”

I find it pretty cool to set a film inthe time frame between the trilogies. With the story they are looking to hit, it makes me wonder what characters from the established Star Wars universe you could include: Mon Mothma, Bail Organa, a young Leia Organa, Darth Vader, the Emperor, etc.

Who would you like to see show up in the film?

Star Wars: Rogue One is set to release in theaters Dec. 16, 2016

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