The Force Awakens credits scene

When Will Rogue One Be Released?

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is scheduled to hit theaters on December 16, 2016.

What’s in the Title Rogue One?

Though Star Wars: Rogue One was from an idea from ILM employee John Knoll, it seems initial writer Gary Whitta came up with the name. The title was revealed during a Disney shareholders call by company head Bob Iger, who called the movie “the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga.”

We don’t know what “Rogue One” specifically refers to, of course, so with an answer comes more questions. The prevailing thought seems to be it refers to X-Wing fighters. But why is that? Uproxx has a very concise history and backstory of the word “Rogue” means in the Star Wars canon, and how it relates to X-Wing pilots.

Just a few days after Disney announced the Rogue One title, Paramount released the first teaser and the final title for the new Mission: Impossible movie, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Jokes flew immediately about the similar titles, but as it turns out there was some back-room dealing between the two studios over the similar titles. Paramount registered the Rogue Nation title months before, and Disney’s end of the bargain involved agreeing to hold off on any early promotion of Rogue One until later in the year after Rogue Nation hit theaters.

We have heard that Lunak Heavy Industries is the top secret production company name for Rogue One. The code name for the film was Los Alamos, likely a reference to the the town where physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer designed the first nuclear bomb.

The official trademark Lucasfilm requested for that film is Star Wars Rogue One, not just Rogue One (though they surely have that as well). It seems likely the official title is “Star Wars: Rogue One,” like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” or “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.”

What Is This Teaser Trailer?

At Star Wars Celebration, Gareth Edwards surprised the crowd with a teaser trailer for the film which was cut especially for the convention.

A card with “December 2016” fades in and out, with a sound that is somewhere between a slow Inception horn and a lightsaber. Then a familiar voice: Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi, saying “For more than a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the old Republic. Before the dark times. Before the Empire.”

As he speaks, the teaser fades in on a tracking shot, high up through a forested canyon. We hear a TIE Fighter pass overhead, and see the ship move forward into frame as the camera continues to push forward. We see, dominating the sky, the outline of what could be a moon. But that’s no moon, it’s a… well, you know what it is. The Death Star. Music swells and the screen goes black. The Rogue One logo comes up, and we hear radio voices, like troops communicating during combat. The chatter gets more frantic and loud as light strobes on the logo, which finally breaks up as the sound cuts out.

Anakin Skywalker As A Force Ghost

Will Rogue One Feature Any Jedi?

Rogue One is set in a time when the Jedi are basically extinct, and director Gareth Edwards has said there are no warriors with “magical powers” to save the day.

“It’s about the fact that God’s not coming to save us,” said Edwards. “The absence of the Jedi hangs over the movie.”

Who Is Felicity Jones Playing In Rogue One

Who Is Felicity Jones Playing in Rogue One?

As of right now, we don’t know. Disney has said that Jones plays “a Rebel soldier,” but there have been many rumors floating around including:

  • She is the daughter of the galaxy’s most notorious bounty hunter, Boba Fett.
  • That she might be playing a live-action version of Sabine Wren from the Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels. And we know a cross-over has been discussed and could be possible, but the characters don’t look too similar.
  • And a recent rumor that’s been floating around is that she might end up being the mother to Daisy Ridley’s character Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Of course, I’m not sure how they would establish this as the events in this movie take place at least 34 years prior to The Force Awakens, which is probably 15 years prior to Rey’s birth. Also, Edwards has said that there are no Jedi in this movie, so I doubt we’ll be seeing someone with Force powers. And besides, most fans expect Rey will end up being a Skywalker of some kind, and we’ve been told the Saga movies will continue to tell that family’s story, not the standalone movies.

All of these rumors/theories are interesting because if she is of Mandalorian heritage, this would explain why we initially heard that it was a group of bounty hunters hired by the Rebel Alliance to pull off the Death Star heist. Remember, we were the ones that broke the scoop about Rogue One‘s story.

Is Diego Luna Playing Biggs Darklighter

Is Diego Luna Playing Biggs Darklighter?

Is there a chance that Diego Luna is playing Biggs Darklighter in Star Wars: Rogue One? Both characters share a similar look, including that sweet mustache. But this theory seems pretty weak for now. Darklighter has a history with Luke Skywalker, as A New Hope establishes that the two of them were childhood friends on Tatooine. Biggs left to join the Academy before Luke did. If you want more information on Biggs Darklighter, check out his Wookieepedia entry right here.


Will Rogue One Feature Characters From The Force Awakens?

Over a year before Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, I was told by good sources that Max Von Sydow’s character in Episode 7 would be an older version of a character from one of the standalone movies.

But in Force Awakens, we learn very little about Von Sydow’s character. We only know that Poe Dameron was tasked by General Organa to find an old ally of hers who holds information about her brother’s whereabouts, and that man is a guy named Lor San Tekka. The Visual Dictionary tells us the following:

As the empire toppled, retreating Imperial officials destroyed records that would have been vital to the New Republic’s attempts at Galactic reconstruction. New Republic bureaucrats turned instead to firsthand accounts from well-traveled locals to fill in the gaps. A seasoned traveler and explorer of the more remote fringes of the galaxy, Lor San Tekka has proven his worth to the New Republic and Resistance many times over. Ready to retire after decades of exploration and adventure, the spiritual San Tekka has settled with a colony of villagers in the remote Kelvin Ravine on the frontier world of Jakku.

The official databank also offers the following about the character:

A legendary traveler and explorer, Lor San Tekka is a longtime ally of the New Republic and the Resistance. After the Battle of Endor, San Tekka helped Luke Skywalker recover secret Jedi lore that the Empire had tried to erase, and Leia Organa hopes the old scout can now help find her brother. Following decades of adventure, San Tekka retired to live simply on Jakku, where he follows the dictates of the once-forbidden Church of the Force. But his retirement is fated to be anything but peaceful.

San Tekka also says of General Leia that “she’ll always be royalty to me” which insinuates that he knew Leia before A New Hope. What if Lor San Tekka is one of the main characters in Rogue One? The official descriptions mention his time as a former Scout, which might fit into the Rogue One story.

At one point a rumor was going around that he would be playing an older version of Boba Fett, which would have fit in with the standalone film Lucasfilm was developing focusing on the infamous bounty hunter. While we’ve seen no evidence of that, it should be noted that the Art Of book shows early concepts of the character which incorporated costume elements from Boba Fett.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Might Get a Consultant Credit

Writer Chris Weitz asked Neil deGrasse Tyson for help with a astronomy question for the film, and Tyson agreed to help out. Tyson might get a consultant credit, or at very least, a thank you in the end credits.

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