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Rogue One (subtitled "A Star Wars Story"), is the first in a planned series of Star Wars spin-off films, originally referred to as "anthology films".
Rogue One is set shortly before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and will follow a group of rebel spies as they attempt to steal the plans for the Galactic Empire's first Death Star superweapon.
Filming took place at Elstree Studies near London between August 2015 and February 2016, with reshoots taking place in June 2016. Alexandre Desplat, who previously worked with Edwards on Godzilla was originally slated to score the film, but due to production delays he was no longer available and was replaced by Michael Giacchino once he had finished up on Marvel's Doctor Strange.
Notably, Rogue One does not include an opening crawl in contrast to the main series of movies.
Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso Diego Luna as Cassian Andor Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic, the Empire's Director of Advanced Weapons Research Donnie Yen as Chirrut Îmwe Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso Alan Tudyk as K-2SO, a former Imperial enforcer droid Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook Jiang Wen as Baze Malbus Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera Guy Henry as Grand Moff Tarkin Jonathan Aris as Senator Jebel Valen Kane as Lyra Erso Genevieve O'Reilly as Mon Mothma Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa James Earl Jones as the voice of Darth Vader Although Guy Henry voices Grand Moff Tarkin, Peter Cushing's likeness has been recreated through CGI face replacement.
The character Saw Gerrera is a veteran of the Clone Wars, and has been previously in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and had been mentioned in Star Wars Rebels and the novel Star Wars: Bloodline.
Genevieve O'Reilly and Jimmy Smits are both reprising their roles from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, although O'Reilly's appearance was relegated to the deleted scenes.
Star Wars Movie Release Schedule
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The Force Awakens brought Star Wars back to the big screen in 2015, and 2016's Rogue One also proved a big hit at the box office. Lucasfilm and Disney have big plans to continue the saga across all forms of media, but for many it is these blockbuster hits that we look forward to most of all.
This list will be updated regularly to show details of the upcoming instalments of the Star Wars saga on the big screen.
15 Dec 2017 - Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
Director: Rian Johnson
Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Domhnall Gleeson, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran.
Synopsis: Continues the story from where Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens left off. Little is known about the storyline, which is a well guarded secret. The title was announced in January, and we expect more details to emerge later in 2017.
May 2018 - Han Solo Star Wars Story
Director: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson
Synopsis: The story will focus on the early career of Han Solo. Lando Calrissian will also make an appearance. Woody Harrelson is said to have been cast in a mentoring role.
2019 - Star Wars: Episode IX
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Synopsis: Will continue the story from Star Wars: Episode VIII, and will likely conclude the story arc of the sequel trilogy.
2020 - Unknown Star Wars Story
Director: Unknown, previously Josh Trank
Synopsis: This project has long been rumoured to be based on the story of fan-favourite bounty hunter Boba Fett, although nothing solid has been confirmed.
Han Solo cast - who's who?
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The Han Solo spin-off film is currently in production for release in 2018. Although we are still a long way from having any details of the storyline, we do know that we will see a young Han Solo in action.
So far four actors have been confirmed, so let's take a look at our new Han Solo and the people who will be joining everybody's favourite scoundrel.
Alden Ehrenreich - Han Solo
Taking up the mantle of the eponymous smuggler, Han Solo is the young Californian actor Alden Ehrenreich. He was chosen after a lengthy casting period that aimed to find an actor who could capture the spirit of the character made famous by Harrison Ford.
Ehrenreich was first discovered by Steven Spielberg, which led to several television roles before he had his big screen debut in Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro. He later went on to star in Beautiful Creatures, Stoker, and the Coen brothers comedy Hail, Caesar!
On 5 May 2015 he was confirmed as being cast in the lead role of a young Han Solo in the second of the Star Wars spin-off movies.
Donald Glover - Lando Calrissian
Joining Han Solo as the irrepressible Lando Calrissian is Donald Glover, who has already had a varied career in entertainment having made a name for himself in almost every avenue of show business.
Glover has written for NBC comedy 30 Rock and had an acting role in Community. He is also due to appear in Marvel's Spider-man: Homecoming superhero reboot. Incidentally, Stan Lee supported Glover for the lead role in Sony's The Amazing Spider-man.
Glover has also released several rap albums as Childish Gambino, and also DJs and produces electronic music under the name of mcDJ.
On 21 October 2016 he was confirmed as being cast as Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo movie.
Playing an unknown role in the Han Solo movie is Emilia Clarke, who shot to fame as Danaerys Targaryen in HBO's television adaption of Game of Thrones.
Clarke recently starred as Sarah Connor in 2015's Terminator: Genisys, and had the lead role in the 2016 worldwide success Me before You. She was also voted Sexiest Woman Alive by Esquire in 2015.
In November 2016 she was confirmed as part of the Han Solo movie's cast, although no details have been released about the type of role she has.
Han Solo's mentor will be played by Woody Harrelson, who should be a stranger to nobody with his impressive list of acting credits since the 1980s which include Zombieland, The Hunger Games, and Now You See Me. His first role was as the bartender in the classic television comedy Cheers.
Outside of acting, he is a vegan, environmentalist, and also considers himself an anarchist.
He was confirmed for the Han Solo movie in early January 2017, and has said in interviews that his character will be a criminal as well as Han Solo's mentor.