It has been a busy day for Star Wars and Marvel fans at Disney’s D23 Expo out here in Anaheim, California. If you were watching Twitter, you knew people were trying to be first in line for the famous Star Wars and Marvel panels today. The Star Wars panel did not disappoint. Lucasfilm announced that their first standalone/anthology projects have already begun production.
Lucasfilm officially announced that principal production of Star Wars: Rogue One has begun. The first in a standalone trilogy, which is designed to play outside the main trilogy will focus on a small group of Rebels that stole the plans for the original Death Star.
The first cast photo was dropped on Saturday, which features Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen. The announcement featured a surprise mention of Firefly’s Alan Tudyk playing a motion-capture character in the film.
“Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe,” says Kathleen Kennedy. “It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. Gareth [Edwards] is such an innovative director and I’m so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he’s selected for ‘Rogue One.’”
Star Wars: Rogue One will hit theaters on December 16, 2016.