The very first image of the cast from Gareth Edward’s Star Wars film, Rogue One. It even looks like Firefly’s Alan Tudyk is playing a “performance capture” CGI character in the film. If Tudyk is playing an alien, or a droid? Or something else? Only time will tell.
With the above picture, Lucasfilm has confirmed the official cast of the film, which includes a very Impressive group of actors from Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed.
The Star Wars spin-off film is set to be released on December 16, 2016. Principle filming has already begun on the film. The reported prequel to the original Star Wars movies will feature some elements that we’re already familiar with but also go into some new territory, according to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy:
“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,” says Kathleen Kennedy. “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.’”
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ILM’s Veteran visual effects supervisor John Knoll, who shares a long history with the Star Wars movies, dating back to the mid-1990s, originated the idea for the movie.
One thing to point out on Lucasfilm’s announcement of the new name change for the standalone films, which will be referred to as the Star Wars Stories Series, rather than the Anthology films.
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