Star Wars’ first standalone movie Rogue One is pulling all the stops at it assembles a star studded cast to make up the roster of characters to build on the iconic franchise.
Among the stars enlisted for Rogue One are Forest Whitaker, who won an Academy Award for his role in The Last King of Scotland; Felicity Jones, who also received an Oscar nod for her performance in The Theory of Everything and Bloodline’s Ben Mendelsohn, who recently got an Emmy nomination for his performance in the series, The official Star Wars site revealed.
The star studded cast also includes Elysium’s Diego Luna, Hannibal’s Mads Mikkelsen, HongKong star and martial artist Donnie Yen; writer/director/producer and actor Jiang Wen; Nightcrawler’s Riz Ahmed and Alan Tudyk, who will play a performance capture character.
The movie will be helmed by Godzilla and Monsters director Gareth Edwards who earlier said that the film will take place in between Episode III and IV but is set as an anthology. He also said that unlike in previous movies, what makes the first of the anthologies different is the fact that there will be no clear delineation between heroes and villains.
“It’s about the fact that god’s not coming to save us, and we’re on our own. The absence of the Jedi is omnipresent in the film. It hangs over the whole movie,” he said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
According to a report by Entertainment Weekly, the main theme of the movie is the exploration of hints from the original 1977 Star Wars film who stole the Empire’s plans for the Death Star, which was why Princess Leia’s ship was intercepted in the first scene of the movie.
“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. 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 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’,” Lucas Film President Kathleen Kennedy.
The production has just completed principal photography for the film which is set to premiere in cinemas on December 16, 2016.