Saturday, August 15, 2015

First official cast photo revealed for 'Rogue One- A Star Wars Story'; cast includes Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen and more

The Star Wars section of Disney's live-action panel at D23 today was short and sweet, but a solid bunch of tidbits were revealed about the company's future plans for the saga. In addition to confirming that Colin Trevorrow is directing Star Wars: Episode IX, the studio revealed a new Drew Struzan-designed poster for The Force Awakens (exclusive to D23 members) and some big news about Star Wars: Rogue One. Now officially titled Rogue One- A Star Wars Story, this film will chronicle the daring mission that the rebels embark on in order to steal the Death Star plans. There has been a slow trickle of news in regards to Rogue One, with a brief teaser at Star Wars Celebration, as well as few cast announcements including reports that Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed and more had joined the cast of the film. Today, we got our first look at the full cast for Gareth Edwards' film, which including some pretty big reveals. Check out the first cast image below.

Produced by Kathleen Kennedy and directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters), it was announced at D23 today that Rogue One- A Star Wars Story has commenced principal photography. The cast is led by Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Jones, as well as Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed. The first cast image includes Jones, Luna, Yen, Wen and Ahmed in costume as rebels who will take on the villainous Empire in the hopes of stealing the plans to their superweapon.

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.

Image Credits: Star Wars, The Wrap

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