'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' news: No jedi for upcoming heist genre film

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There are more updates on “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first film in the upcoming “Star Wars” anthology. The latest news on the epic space opera involves the breaking down of its various key components. 

According to Slash Film in their interview with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, on the query if “Rogue One” is a heist movie, Kennedy replied, “It is to a certain extent.”

She added that “the standalone films can be a wide variety of genres inside the Star Wars universe.” 

This revelation supports the already acknowledged story arc, which involves left-wing militia soldiers with a common goal of stealing the blue prints for the Death Star. But what seems to bewilder fans is that the presence of any mystical savior ? the Jedi ? has reportedly been omitted from the narrative of its screenplay.

“Rogue One” is set in a time when the Jedi are basically extinct. Helmer Gareth Edwards, who will have his directional debut on the “Star Wars” lore, has said there are no warriors with “magical powers” to save the day.

He gave an ill-omened warning as he stated, also in the interview, “It’s about the fact that God’s not coming to save us. The absence of the Jedi hangs over the movie.” 

As what has already been made public, Academy Award nominee Felicity Jones spearheads the cast as she portrays a rebel soldier named Lyra Erso. Spanish actor Diego Luna likewise plays a still unnamed rebel soldier. Other familiar names include Mads Mikkelsen of television’s “Hannibal” and actor Forest Whitaker.

The rest of “Rogue One” has been kept hush-hush with even Chinese actor Donnie Yen dodging the spoiler-related questions he was bombarded with during a recent interview with IGN. The 52-year-old actor was quizzed on the colored contact lenses he wore in the promotional photo.

“I can’t really talk about that because of the arrangement between Disney and I, but I’m sure in a few months we’ll be able to talk about it,” he said.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will be hitting theaters this coming Dec.16. “Episode VIII,” on the other hand, will be released on Dec. 15, 2017.