On Sunday, Star Wars fanboys around the globe followed the celebration event online, here are our takeaways from the event.
The event began with an announcement seeing the expansion of Star Wars from a franchise into a universe with Star Wars: Rogue One. Production on the first of many planned Anthology set films is scheduled to begin this summer with Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards directing and Academy Award nominee Felicity Jones starring as a Rebel in the film.
The movie will follow a rogue band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans and bring new hope to the galaxy. Edwards confirmed during the event that the movie will be grounded between episodes III and IV of the franchise films. Gareth also commented saying the movie will be “a little bit more towards IV” as he said his “favorite movie of all time is ‘A New Hope’“. Currently Rogue One is slated to be released on December 16th, 2016.
Director Gareth Edwards gave us some details about the setting for Rogue One saying “It’s set after Episode III, before Episode IV. It’s basically in an era where there are no Jedi, where they’re all but extinct. It’s about the fact that God’s not coming to save us. We’re on our own and we have to do this ourselves. The absence of Jedi is omnipresent in the film, it hangs over the whole movie. It comes down to a group of individuals who don’t have special powers but have to bring hope and justice to the galaxy.”
Lucasfilm’s President Kathleen Kennedy commented on the standalone films saying that they “were really George’s idea, it was one of the first things he sat down and talked about. He was really interested in exploring all the stories that might exist inside this universe.”
While production has not yet begun a teaser trailer screened at the panel has made its way onto YouTube, the video also shows the crowds roaring reaction in anticipation of the film.
From the glimpses we are offered in this concept teaser, this is certainly going to be extremely anticipated amongst Star Wars fans. However, we should remain slightly hesitant as Edwards also added later in the panel that stated that Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One will be a down-to-earth war film.
Sunday’s panel was hosted at the Star Wars Celebration Convention, which runs from April 16th till 19th at the Anaheim Convention Center.
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