In a statement about the film, Kennedy said "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."
When I look at this cast image for Rogue One, the first thing that I notice is how drastically different it is from anything we've ever seen in the Star Wars universe. It looks dirty and grungy, with a very unique visual flair. I can still tell that these are rebels, but they don't look to be in good shape at this point. The ground war perspective plan is interesting, and I have to say that I really like the direction that Edwards has taken for this film. I absolutely love the cast and I can't wait to see more from Rogue One. The film hits theaters on December 16, 2016.