And here we are, after years on years of fan theories and speculation about a wide array of different standalone films to precede the saga has been announced by LucasFilm, which for Star Wars fans is very exciting news indeed. At the moment, from what we know has been confirmed is that this is the first film of a series of standalone films, I guess this means that we can expect a lot more from the franchise in the future. We know that Rogue One has begun principal photography and has a director attached to the project, that being Gareth Edwards. What else do we know about the project? Well, the crew wasted no time in confirming their cast of absolutely stellar actors and actresses, including stars such as Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson and a tonne more.
So, now the question is what is Rogue One going to be about? Contrary to capturing the events that precede our original trilogy of films, this standalone will be heading back in time to capture the events that occurred before Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope. While watching the original film, the story begins with the Galactic Empire seizing a rebel vessel that secretly hides the blueprints to the Death Star, thus giving the Resistance an advantage, being able to assess the print and allocate a weakness in the superweapons structure. Rogue One will tell the tale of the Resistance fighters that bravely came together to steal the plans in the first place, a daring mission in its own right. Its safe to say that the franchise is moving into uncharted territory in terms of mapping out the events that unfolded prior to our knowledge of the going's on in the universe, and should be very exciting.
"Rogue One takes place before the events of A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe. 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," says Kathleen Kennedy, the producer of the film.
It should be interesting to see where this film goes, George Lucas himself has taken the credits of writing the characters involved, and working alongside the crew there's a vast ensemble of talent. We'll be having the likes of John Knoll, a seasoned ILM visual effects supervisor, who is no stranger to working around the Star Wars universe. Greg Faser has been chosen to become the director of photography, who will have the job to bring Rogue One's world to life, alongside him will be persons such as Neil Corbould as special effects supervisor, Doug Chiang and Neil Lamont will be charged with production design, Chiang having already worked on previous related films such as Star Wars: Eposide I — The Phantom Menace and Star Wars: Episode II — The Attack of the Clones. Additional crew members include stunt coordinator Rob Inch, creature effects supervisor Neil Scanlan and co-costume designers David Crossman and Glyn Dillon.
What does this say about the film so far? Personally, I think the outline of the film is attractive and I've always found that the none Force strong characters have never gotten the same treatment as the likes of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, etc... But with the recent characters from Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens I believe that we're going to be getting a good feel of how these other characters bring the universe to life just as much as the Jedi and the Sith do. I'm sure that the crew behind Rogue One will do us all justice, and bring a unique insight into the events that pretty much defined the ultimate counterattack against the Galactic Empire, I mean without this maverick team of fighters, who knows where the Resistance would be? In fact, without them I'm pretty sure that even Luke Skywalker would've been a redundant character in the universe.