The Star Wars spin-off Rogue One was confirmed to be about the mission to steal the blueprints to the Death Star today during the “Conversation with Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank” panel at Star Wars Celebration. The director’s synopsis: “A rogue band of resistance fighters unite for a mission to steal the Death Star plans and bring a new hope to the galaxy.”
Edwards went onto describe it as a full out war film about “the reality of war. Good guys are bad. Bad guys are good. It’s complicated, layered; a very rich scenario in which to set a movie.”
Now that we know this film will largely feature new characters, I hope we can assume that the rest of the anthology will also feature original characters, in contrast to the rather safe choices of the oft rumored Fett and Solo spin-offs. The inclusion of “Anthology” in the title is itself an interesting tidbit , as is announcement that each story in the anthology will be a stand-alone story in a different genre, the first genre being a war/heist movie. What else could we be getting? Was there any truth to the rumors that a Seven Samurai-esque story was in production? Is there still a possibility for a space-combat movie featuring Rogue Squadron? What other genres do you hope Star Wars will next?
Update: The very short teaser shown to panel attendees has been uploaded to youtube. Watch it while you can!