Rogue One tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star, at this point in the chronology, roughly 19 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith.
Felicity Jones leads the cast as Jyn Erso alongside Mads Mikklesen who plays her father, Galen Erso. Diego Luna (Milk, Killing Them Softly) stars as Captain Cassian Andor with Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Blade II) as the blind spiritual warrior Chirrut Imwe, Jiang Wen (Let the Bullets Fly, Devils on the Doorstep) as his heavily armored best friend Baze Malbus, Alan Tudyk (Firefly) as the droid K-2SO, Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Four Lions) as the Rebel pilot Bodhi Rook, plus Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) as Saw Gerrera, a character first introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline, Mississippi Grind) as the film’s main antagonist, Director Orson Krennic.
It has been confirmed that the dark Sith Lord himself, Darth Vader will be appearing in Rogue One, and rest assured, James Earl Jones will once again be providing his voice. A variety of large-framed performers will embody the character, as David Prowse, now 80, was often inside the suit in the original trilogy. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said:
“He will be in the movie sparingly. But at a key, strategic moment, he’s going to loom large.”
However, Vader is not the starring bad-guy, nor Emperor Palpatine, the main antagonist of the story is Director Orson Krennic, an ambitious Imperial officer with Machiavellian tendencies who is eager to secure a place at the Emperor’s side. Producer John Knoll explains:
“There is a lot of palace intrigue going on in the Empire, with people conspiring to move up the ranks and sabotaging each other. There’s not a lot of loyalty there.”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards, is set for release on December 16, 2016. EW has a gallery of exclusive photos, including several that are not included below.
Episode VIII will follow in 2017 and a young Han Solo story in 2018.