Today is the final day of Star Wars Celebration, a fan convention that has brought us many a revelation and many a new trailer. To cap things off, spinoff director Gareth Edwards took the stage to reveal the first public details of Star Wars’ first official spinoff movie.
Perhaps the most interesting thing revealed about Rogue One is that it will feature something brand new to the Star Wars Universe, something that’s never been seen before in the official six-movie canon: shades of gray. To this point the saga has been one of the most bluntly good-vs-evil tales ever told, to the point where good and evil are hardwired into the Force in the form of a literal “Dark Side.”
This movie, though, will take place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, meaning there are no known Jedi in the galaxy and very few will even know what a Force is. There will be no mind tricks and no invisible choking….heck, there may not even be any iconic Lightsabers, given that it’s a strictly Jedi weapon. The film takes place at the beginning of the Rebellion, where all the resistance against the Empire has are their wits and fists (and probably laser guns).
Rogue One will be different in other ways. Disney has the same creative plans to expand the Star Wars universe that it’s employed — with success — with the Marvel Universe: every spinoff will be written as a different genre. They’ll all technically be science fiction, but they will all tell their tales differently. Rogue One has been revealed first and happens to be a military movie. According to Entertainment Weekly there will be a clear influence from Saving Private Ryan, Zero Dark Thirty and other such films in the genre. The concept art captured by Comic Book Resources (seen above) hammers this home.
Star Wars: Rogue One begins shooting this summer, with a targeted release date of December 2016.