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 Post subject: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 1:09 am 
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Gareth Edwards to Direct the 2016 Star Wars Spinoff Film!

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May 22, 2014

Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is attached to direct one of the upcoming Star Wars spinoff films, which will feature a screenplay by Gary Whitta and is now set to hit theaters December 16, 2016! The official announcement reads as follows:

In addition to the episodes of a new "Star Wars" trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone film, with a screenplay by Gary Whitta. The film is due out December 16, 2016.

Gareth Edwards blazed into the filmmaking forefront with his acclaimed work on "Monsters," a film he wrote, directed and served on as cinematographer and visual effects artist. The skill and vision readily apparent in "Monsters" earned him the high-profile spot directing this year's smash hit "Godzilla".

"Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life – join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be more excited & honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm, said Edwards.

Gary Whitta's screenwriting credits include 2010s "The Book of Eli" starring Denzel Washington. He is also well known as a journalist and editor in the video game industry, as well as part of the BAFTA award-winning team on Telltale Games adaptation of "The Walking Dead".

Whitta states, "From the moment I first saw the original movie as a wide-eyed kid, "Star Wars" has been the single most profound inspiration to my imagination and to my career as a writer. It is deeply special to me,so to be given the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing legacy, especially in collaboration with a film-maker as talented as Gareth,is literally a dream come true. I'm still pinching myself."


Star Wars: Episode VII, meanwhile, is set to star John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow in addition to original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker. It will open in wide release on December 18, 2015.


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 Post subject: Re: Star Wars Spinoff Film 2016
PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:52 am 
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Chris Weitz Boards Gareth Edwards’ Standalone Star Wars Film

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Jan 26, 2015

Following the departure of formerly-attached screenwriter Gary Whitta earlier this month, Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have, according to a story today at The Hollywood Reporter, set Academy Award nominee Chris Weitz to work on the screenplay for the first standalone Star Wars film. Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards remains attached to direct the project, which is scheduled for a December 16, 2016 release.

Weitz launched his screenwriting career with the 1998 animated comedy Antz. He’s best known, however, for his Oscar-nominated work adapting Nick Hornby’s About a Boy in 2002, a film that he also directed. Other directorial credits include The Golden Compass in 2007 and The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009. As a screenwriter, Weitz’s work can next be seen in Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action take on Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh and slated for a March 13 release.

Although the mysterious Star Wars film has been rumored to follow a heist involving the theft of the Death Star plans, few official details regarding Edwards’ film have been made available. The project appears to be close to the casting stage, however, with a report from last week suggesting that actresses like Tatiana Maslany, Felicity Jones and Kate and Rooney Mara have all read for a potential role.


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 Post subject: Re: Star Wars Spinoff Film 2016
PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:07 pm 
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Felicity Jones Eyed for Gareth Edwards’ Standalone Star Wars Film

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Feb 03, 2015

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Although we’re still more than ten months away from the release of the hotly-anticipated “saga” entry Star Wars: The Force Awakens, casting is already underway on Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm Ltd.’s first Star Wars spinoff feature, set to be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards. Today, The Hollywood Reporter brings an exciting update that suggests that Academy Award-nominated actress Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) is in talks to star!

Although the mysterious Star Wars film has been rumored to follow a heist involving the theft of the Death Star plans, few official details regarding Edwards’ film have been made available. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard Jones’ name connected to the project, however. A recent report suggested that the actress was auditioning against the likes of Rooney Mara and Tatiana Maslany. Now said to be in the running for the male lead, however, are “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul and Deliver Us From Evil‘s Edgar Ramirez.

This news arrives just one week after the project added Academy Award nominee Chris Weitz to work on the screenplay, rewriting an initial draft by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli, After Earth).

The film, still without an official title, is set for release on December 16, 2016. Check back for more updates from a galaxy far, far away as they develop.


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 Post subject: Re: Star Wars Spinoff Film 2016
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First Star Wars Spin-Off Officially Titled Rogue One, Star Wars: Episode VIII Coming May 26, 2017!

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Mar 12, 2015

Straight from The Walt Disney Company Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Bob Iger has delivered a bombshell of an announcement revealing that the first upcoming “Star Wars” standalone film, set to be written by Chris Weitz and directed by Gareth Edwards, is officially titled Rogue One and will star Academy Award nominee Felicity Jones. It will begin shooting this summer in London and debut in theaters on December 16, 2016.

The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. 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.

In addition, Iger confirmed that Rian Johnson will write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII and that it will open in theaters May 26, 2017 – forty years and a day after the release of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman will produce the film.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong and Miltos Yerolemou, will debut in theaters on December 18, 2015.


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 Post subject: Re: Rogue One (Star Wars Spinoff Film)
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:30 pm 
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Ben Mendelsohn Rumored for Star Wars Spinoff Rogue One

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Mar 25, 2015

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There’s a new rumor hitting today via Deadline that suggests that Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises, Killing Them Softly) is up for a role in the upcoming first standalone Star Wars film, Rogue One. If it pans out, Mendelsohn will join previously announced headliner Felicity Jones in the Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) film.

Official details on Rogue One are few, although the idea for the story is said to have come from John Knoll, the Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor who currently serves as chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. Kroll is executive producing the film 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 with John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) attached to co-produce. It was also recently confirmed that Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The King’s Speech) will be providing the score.

Fans can currently check out Mendelsohn on the new Netflix series “Bloodline” where he stars alongside Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, Jacinda Barrett, Jamie McShane, Enrique Murciano, Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek. All 13 season one episodes premiered on the streaming service just days ago.


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 Post subject: Re: Rogue One (Star Wars Spinoff Film)
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 Post subject: Re: Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One
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Riz Ahmed and Sam Claflin in Talks for Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One

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Apr 23, 2015

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Following the “Rogue One” teaser from Star Wars Celebration this weekend, Badass Digest brings word that Nightcrawler and Four Lions star Riz Ahmed is in talks to star in the upcoming film opposite Felicity Jones. In addition, TheWrap reports that “The Hunger Games” and Snow White and the Huntsman actor Sam Claflin is also in talks for a role. BAD also reveals that the film’s cast will reportedly be very large with comparisons being drawn to the Dirty Dozen and Magnificent Seven.

The first in the “Star Wars Anthology” series of spin-off films, Rogue One will follow a rogue band of resistance fighters united to steal the Death Star plans and bring new hope to the galaxy. “It’s the reality of war. Good guys are bad. Bad guys are good,” director Gareth Edwards said at Star Wars Celebration.

John Knoll, the Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor who currently serves as chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic, is executive producing the film 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 with John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) attached to co-produce. It was also recently confirmed that Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The King’s Speech) will be providing the score.

Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One is set for release on December 16, 2016.


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Breaking: Forest Whitaker Joins Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One!

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Jun 15, 2015

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Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) has joined the cast of the upcoming Star Wars spin-off film Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One! Variety has the news, reporting that Whitaker will join a cast that currently includes Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler), Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman), and Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises). What’s more, the outlet also reports that Whitaker is in negotiations to join the cast of The Crow remake.

The first in the “Star Wars Anthology” series of spin-off films, Rogue One will follow a rogue band of resistance fighters united to steal the Death Star plans and bring new hope to the galaxy.

“It’s the reality of war. Good guys are bad. Bad guys are good,” director Gareth Edwards said at Star Wars Celebration.

John Knoll, the Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor who currently serves as chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic, is executive producing the film 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 with John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) attached to co-produce. It was also recently confirmed that Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The King’s Speech) will be providing the score.

Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One is set for release on December 16, 2016.

The Crow, meanwhile, is set to star Jack Huston and Jessica Brown Findlay and is planned as a gritty reboot of the iconic James O’Barr comic book character. Huston (“Boardwalk Empire”) will star as Eric Draven, a man who returns from the grave as a supernatural antihero on a mission to avenge his wife’s murder, so that his soul can finally rest.

Featuring a screenplay by Cliff Dorfman, the new take on The Crow is produced by Ryan Kavanaugh, Kevin Misher, Jeff Most and the original film’s Edward R. Pressman.


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Darth Vader Set to Appear in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One

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Jul 07, 2015

Following the just-announced news that directors Phil Lord and Chirs Miller will direct a Han Solo spin-off movie, Birth.Movies.Death reports that none other than Darth Vader will appear in the first solo “Star Wars” movie, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. The site reveals that Vader will not be the primary antagonist of the film but will be “behind the scenes, pulling strings” and will literally appear onscreen via a viewscreen or holo projection.

Starring Felicity Jones as a rebel soldier along with Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler), Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman), Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One is set for release on December 16, 2016.


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 Post subject: Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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 Post subject: Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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I'm curious as to where Episode VIII is going but *THIS* is the movie I've been waiting for! I wish they'd find someway to do more stories like this one than doing backstories on the classic characters (but, that said, Mon Mothma looks AMAZING! Who is hiding in the role?...)


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Daisy Ridley Shoots Down Latest Rey’s Parents Theory

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Apr 11, 2016

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Even before Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, the mystery of Daisy Ridley’s Rey’s parents was a hot talking point. Following the release of the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer last week, many fans were convinced that Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso was Rey’s mother.

Speaking with MTV, Daisy Ridley shot down the theory, saying: “I’m not being funny you guys, but just because she’s white and got brown hair… it doesn’t mean she’s my mom.”

Ridley took it a step further, saying she doesn’t think Rey’s parentage is as important a story beat as many are making it out to be.

“I think the amazing thing about [Episode VII] is that Finn and Rey don’t come from anywhere, and they find a place. So to me, it’s funny that people think it’s so important, because I don’t really think it is.”

In further Star Wars news, Lucasfilm has officially revealed the product packaging for Rogue One, which you can check out below!

Production continues on the still-untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The first video released at the start of production even saw the return to Skellig Michael. The film welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for release December 15, 2017, but this year will see the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story from director Gareth Edwards on December 16.

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She's kind of right. While the saga has always dealt with Legacy, destiny, and blood feuds going back generations, maybe it shouldn't always do that. That's what I loved the best about Han Solo being an outside observer to that craziness. Of course, the new film
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made him a key figure in the Legacy of Kylo Ren

but that's probably the only thing about the new film I didn't like. I'd like to see more adventures for characters who weren't born into the Skywalker dynasty. The universe is bigger than Luke and Darth. At least, it should be.

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 Post subject: Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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She's kind of right. While the saga has always dealt with Legacy, destiny, and blood feuds going back generations, maybe it shouldn't always do that. That's what I loved the best about Han Solo being an outside observer to that craziness. Of course, the new film
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made him a key figure in the Legacy of Kylo Ren

but that's probably the only thing about the new film I didn't like. I'd like to see more adventures for characters who weren't born into the Skywalker dynasty. The universe is bigger than Luke and Darth. At least, it should be.


The 3 trilogies were always meant to be about the Skywalker Legacy.


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