STAR WARS NEWS: ‘Rogue One’ is the First Stand-alone Film Title | FanboysInc

STAR WARS NEWS: ‘Rogue One’ is the First Stand-alone Film Title

By Muuka Muyumba

At the shareholders meeting, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced news regarding the first Star Wars stand-alone movie as well as Star Wars: Episode VIII.


Rogue One is the title of the first film in the stand-alone series to spin off the core Star Wars saga. Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz). Felicity Jones is confirmed as the female lead of the movie based on an idea from John Knoll, an Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor and CCO at ILM. He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (Band of Brothers, The Pacific) are on board to produce and John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will co-produce. The film starts shooting this summer in London and is due for release on December 16, 2016.

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Rogue Leader, or Rogue One, was a title and call-sign given to the commander of the elite Rebel Alliance/New Republic/Galactic Alliance starfighter group, Rogue Squadron. Because of Rogue Squadron’s fame, the person holding the title of Rogue Leader was often considered the best active pilot in the Defense Force.

Iger also confirmed that Rian Johnson will write and direct Star Wars Episode VIII, which continues the saga after the events of The Force Awakens. Episode VIII is set for release in theaters on May 26, 2017.

Source: Star Wars