IT was announced at the Star Wars Celebration today that the upcoming Star Wars: Rogue One spin-off movie will take place before Episode IV.

Felicity Jones will play a rebel fighter in the movie.

For those attending the event, they got a quick teaser for the film which opens in December 2016.

Since “Rogue One” takes place in the aftermath of the destruction of the Jedi order, Edwards said “The absence of the Jedi is omnipresent.” Instead of characters relying on the power of an unpredictable Force to save them, the film will center around “real,” grounded human issues. “It’s about the fact that God’s not coming to save us… we have to do this ourselves,” Gareth Edwards said. “It comes down to a group of individuals that don’t have magic powers… that have to bring hope to the galaxy.”

We are still coming down off of the high from the latest Star Wars trailer, but this short description has me excited about Star Wars films for the next 20 years!

via Variety

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3 Comments

  1. chillidawg72
    April 19, 2015 at 5:17 pm — Reply

    Stealing the Death Star plans? Maybe we’ll finally get to see the Bothans on screen.

    • Alisha
      April 20, 2015 at 10:51 am — Reply

      I’ll be really upset if they don’t, considering the line “Many bothans died to bring us this information” (unless it ends up like the Tag and Bink comics and it was actually Manny Both-Hanz that died).

      I also hope they don’t stray too far from the previously established look of Bothans in the EU (mostly games and comics, as well as a few book covers). I don’t mind if they change the species history or alter some minor details (like when they brought Nightsisters to canon via “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” animated series, which I was VERY pleased with), but I’m rather partial to the look they have used in EU material.
      http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Bothan

  2. April 19, 2015 at 5:37 pm — Reply

    I expect them to keep their promise of no bathrobe or lightsaber in sight.

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