New Star Wars Standalone Film Is Called Rogue One
At last we get some more details on the standalone Star Wars movie to be directed by Gareth Edwards.The film will be called Rogue One, is being written by Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass), and will begin shooting this summer in London for release on the 16th of December 2016. The first confirmed cast member is Felicity Jones who was recently nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her performance as Stephen Hawking's wife in The Theory of Everything. Gareth Edwards came to the film world's attention with his low budget but excellent Monsters and last year he helmed the big budget Godzilla reboot.
According to the press release the idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, the Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. He will executive produce the film along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (Band of Brothers, The Pacific) are on board to produce and John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will co-produce.
There has been intense speculation about the plot of this new standalone film but based upon the title it looks as though it will involve the Rebel Alliance and probably be a prequel of some sort. The idea of multiple interconnected films has certainly worked well for Marvel, which is Disney's other big property. The announcement of a series of books filling in the gaps between Episodes VI and VII suggests that Lucasfilm are planning to hugely expand the cinematic Star Wars universe; with Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg playing similar creative roles to Joss Whedon over at Marvel.
One thing's for sure, it's going to be a busy few years for Star Wars fans with the long awaited episode seven Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J. J. Abrams, opening on the 18th of December this year. Whilst Star Wars Episode VIII, written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper), is planned for release on the 26th of May 2017 - almost exactly 40 years after the opening of the original Star Wars. Of course you might want to remember the old saying - be careful what you wish for because you just might get it!
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