Star Wars Rogue One plot confirmed - and there's even a really early teaser video!

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Star Wars Rogue One plot confirmed - and there's even a really early teaser video!

Star Wars The Force Awakens is in cinemas in December 2015 but that's just the opening salvo in a widespread reinvention which will be sweeping cinemas for years to come.

So it's likely that Episode 8 will follow in December 2017 and Episode 9 in 2019 but that's not all we have to look forward to as Disney has confirmed the new imprint of the Star Wars Anthology series. These films are set to explore new characters and situations in this galaxy far, far away, and the first will arrive in cinemas in late 2016.

The full title is Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One and we've finally got official word on what it's going to be about. It has been rumoured before but the film will centre on a band of mercenaries and other characters who work together to steal the plans for the origial Death Star. That puts the timeline of this film between Episode III and Episode IV - so basically not long before Luke Skywalker heads off on his amazing journey.

Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will direct Rogue One and he's been talking about it as more of a war film than the rest of the Star Wars saga. We can expect a film that's less epic in scope and scale perhaps, and more about survival at the fringes of the amazing world's we've been visiting for almost 40 years.

Felicity Jones takes the lead role here, fresh from her Oscar nomination for The Theory of Everything. Rogue One will be the first Star Wars film to have a single female lead, with this universe having given little attention to female stars in the past. Edwards was on stage at the Star Wars Celebration to talk about the film and he brought along something very special - an actual teaser trailer. Here's some footage a fan managed to grab.

Yes the quality is terrible but what's going on is very cool indeed. You get the famous lines from Alec Guinness' Obi-Wan Kenobi and a quick glimpse of a TIE Fighter before the camera pans up to reveal the terrible form of the Death Star looming over a planet. That's quite the concept right there. Of course this is just a way to get fans excited at the expo, with the film not fully cast and not even ready to start shooting yet. It's likely we won't be hearing a lot more about Rogue One for the rest of the year, a everything gears up in support of The Force Awakens.

But rest assured, there are more adventures in the stars on the way.

Star Wars: Rogue One is set for release in December 2016.



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