We officially have our first look at the cast of “Rogue One”! But not only did we get the cast announcement, it was also revealed that it will no longer be called an Anthology film, but instead it’s full title will be “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
Here is the official cast announcement for “Rogue One” and the first released image of the film from StarWars.com!
The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role in The Theory of Everything; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008’s Oscar-winning Milk and the critically acclaimed Killing Them Softly; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmy for 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 2006’s The Last King of Scotland; Mads Mikkelsen, who starred in The Hunt and was the memorable villain from 2006’s 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 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.’”
When I heard Gareth Edwards talk about “Rogue One” at Celebration Anaheim, I knew it would be a “Star Wars” movie like we’ve never seen before, and the image released just reaffirms that. I will say I am disappointed that the Anthology name has been dropped. “A Star Wars Story” doesn’t have a nice ring to it just yet, but hopefully it’s something I will get used to. I just felt Anthology Films was the perfect title for these movies.
I’m loving the look and vibe of “Rogue One” from that image, and in typical “Star Wars” fashion, it has a great cast. We’re only four months away from “The Force Awakens,” and it so cool to know that we have this “Star Wars” movie to look forward to just a year later!