Star Wars’ “Rogue One” Has Begun Principal Photography Today

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Lucasfilm announced today that their first film in the new standaloneStar Warsstories series, Rogue One, has begun principal photography.Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) is directing Rogue One, which tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy andis slated for aDecember 16, 2016release.

The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Awardfor her leading role in The Theory of Everything; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008s Oscar-winning Milkand the critically acclaimed Killing Them Softly; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmyfor his leading role in Bloodline and co-starring in the upcoming Mississippi Grind; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in Ip Man and Blade II; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, produced , directed and starred in the award-winning Let the Bullets Fly and Devils on the Doorstep; Forest Whitaker, recently featured in the critically-acclaimed Lee Daniels The Butler and winner of an Academy Award for his leading role in 2006s The Last King of Scotland; Mads Mikkelsen, who starred in The Hunt and was the memorable villain from 2006s Casino Royale; Alan Tudyk, who plays a performance-capture character in Rogue One, stars in the soon-to-be-released Con Man series and Trumbo, which releases this November; and Riz Ahmed, who was recently featured in Nightcrawler and starred in the BAFTA-winning film Four Lions.

Rogue One takes place before the events ofStar Wars: A New Hopeand will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to theStar Warsuniverse, says Kathleen Kennedy. It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essentialStar Warsfeel that fans have come to know. Gareth is such an innovative director and Im so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast hes selected for Rogue One.

To create the lived-in, realistic feel of Rogue One, Edwards chose Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty, Foxcatcher) to be his director of photography and Neil Corbould (Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan) to be his special effects supervisor.Star Warsand Lucasfilm veteran Doug Chiang (Star Wars: Episodes I-II, Forrest Gump) and Neil Lamont (supervising art director for the Harry Potter series, Edge of Tomorrow) will be the production designers. Additional crew members will include stunt coordinator Rob Inch (World War Z, Marvels Captain America: The First Avenger), creature effects supervisor Neal Scanlan (Prometheus) and co-costume designers Dave Crossman (costume supervisor for the Harry Potter series, Saving Private Ryan) and Glyn Dillon (costume concept artist for Kingsman: The Secret Service, Jupiter Ascending).

Written by Juliet Schroder

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