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Resistance Fighters Unite to Steal Plans for Death Star in first image for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

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Gareth Edwards‘ Star Wars: Rogue One is still over a year away, but Disney has just released a first look at the cast of the upcoming spinoff film about a group of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans from the Death Star. Thanks to D23, the very first official photo has been revealed, featuring the cast which includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, and Donnie Yen. And if that isn’t enough to get you excited, Mads Mikkelsen and Alan Tudyk are also announced to be joining Star Wars: Rogue One, along with Forest Whitaker and Ben Mendelsohn.

Unlike the previous live-action Star Wars films, Rogue One will not revolve around the Jedi or the Force. The film is set between the films Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, during the Age of the Empire and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe.

Veteran ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll, who shares a long history with the Star Wars movies, dating back to the mid-1990s, originated the idea for the movie. Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Cinderella), John Knoll, Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) are executive producers. Kiri Hart and John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) are co-producers.

I wasn’t the biggest fans of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot but that has nothing to do with the direction of Edwards. The man has talent and put aside the script problems of Godzilla, not to mention the poor casting of Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the lead, the film is a smooth, sleek, technologically awe-inspiring blockbuster. Edwards has proved himself more than capable of handling sci-fi pics, regardless of how big (Godzilla) or small (Monsters) the budget.

To create the lived-in, realistic feel of Rogue One, Edwards has chosen Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty, Foxcatcher) to be his director of photography and Neil Corbould (Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan) to be his special effects supervisor. Star Wars and Lucasfilm veteran Doug Chiang (Star Wars: Episodes I-II, Forrest Gump) and Neil Lamont (supervising art director for the Harry Potter series, Edge of Tomorrow) will be the production designers. Additional crew members will include stunt coordinator Rob Inch (World War Z, Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger) and creature effects supervisor Neal Scanlan (Prometheus).

With the all-star cast and a team of highly skilled filmmakers working alongside, Rogue-One is looking extremely promising.

Check out the cast image below. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens December 16, 2016.

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