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At a panel with Edwards and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy at last weekend’s Star Wars Celebration, Edwards explained that the plot revolves around the heist of Death Star plans by a group of rebel fighters and that Felicity Jones would play one of the rebel soldiers. Sources could not confirm Ahmed’s role, but it is likely he too would play a rebel soldier.
The film will take place between Episode III and Episode IV, but closer to “A New Hope.” It’s set to bow December 2016.
Ahmed was among a group of young actors who had been meeting with Edwards for the last month in London while the director prepped for the film. »
- Justin Kroll
Thanks to Paul Feig, wackiness abounded Wednesday night at Las Vegas’ CinemaCon as the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation honored Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, with its Pioneer of the Year honor.
“I love Jim Gianopulos deeply and non-erotically,” Feig said. “Anywhere you go, you hear ‘Jim’s the best.'”
Feig dug up a 2-year-old video that was played for Fox employees at a town hall meeting showing Gianopulos botching an array of other jobs at the studio — security gate guard, gardener, sound mixer and human resources director dealing with the Gina and Beth characters from Feig’s movie “The Heat.”
The real Gina and Beth — Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin — weren’t done by a long shot, commandeering the podium from Feig for an X-rated 10 minutes that scored with the audience. “Is that your wife? You never talk about her,” Denbo told Gianopulos. »
- Dave McNary
Star Wars: Rogue One won't be hitting theaters until December 16, 2016, but we've already got plot details, a teaser trailer, and a whole slew of other information about the development of the project now courtesy of Hero Complex (via The Playlist), including news that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was hesitant, at first, to develop the various Star Wars side stories that will be told in the "anthology" films like Rogue One. Set within the preexisting galaxy timeline -- so, sometime between Episode I and Episode VI -- the anthology films will be released during the dead years of the new sequel trilogy, so as to ensure we get a new Star Wars movie every year for at least the next five years. Kennedy acknowledges that franchises and sequels, such as the one she is building, have dominated the film industry over the last decade, a change to the point she »
- Jordan Benesh
Event returning to London for the first time in nearly a decade after of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Star Wars Celebration is returning to London for the first time since 2007. Due to be held at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre from July 15-17 2016, it will follow the release of new film Star Wars: The Force Awakens this December.
The four-day fan experience will include celebrity appearances, stage shows, panels, interactive events, special shopping, screenings and exclusive Star Wars first looks and sneak peeks.
At the latest Star Wars Celebration in the Us, a new teaser trailer for The Force Awakens was released following on stage appearances from director Jj Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy and cast from the original and upcoming trilogies including Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.
Guest and event announcements for Star Wars Celebration 2016 have yet to be announced.
The event is produced by Lucasfilm with the collaboration of ReedPOP. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
One of the less talked about but no less important panels of the Star Wars Celebration convention over the weekend was a panel held with the members of the Lucasfilm Story Group - a group of employees in charge of the new 'Star Wars' canon.
Created by President Kathleen Kennedy and headed up by Kiri Hart, these Lucasfilm employees have to make sure that not just the films but all the new tie-in media efforts including books, comics, TV shows, video games, etc. are all part of this new continuity and don't contradict each other.
One interesting revelation though (via Slashfilm) is that while the Expanded Universe characters and stories have been wiped clean, there are plans to reboot or reintroduce characters from that world in the canon.
As 'The Old Republic' video games are set millennia before the original films, they're presently working under the assumption that »
- Garth Franklin
At this very moment, three of the most crucial people in the world of Star Wars are J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and Bob Iger. One is the co-writer and director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the second is the President of Lucasfilm, and the third runs Disney, which owns Lucasfilm and, effectively, Star Wars. Those three people […]
- Germain Lussier
"...'Rogue One' is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core 'Star Wars' saga. 'Rogue One' will be directed by Gareth Edwards ('Godzilla') and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz ('Cinderella').
The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in 'The Theory of Everything'. The idea for the story of 'Rogue One' came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic.
- Michael Stevens
We now know that the two new Star Wars movies will not be origin stories or prequels but anthologies, according to Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy. Star Wars Rogue One director Gareth Edwards who also appeared at Sunday's panel at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim also revealed the plot of the first in in the anthology series, and it may sound very familiar. Unfortunately Josh Trank of the other Star Wars anthology called in sick for the panel, and Kennedy offered no information about the other stand-alone movie.
- email@example.com (Super User)
On Thursday, Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and Episode VII director J.J. Abrams gave us our latest peek at December’s hotly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens with the release of the second teaser for Disney’s first Star Wars offering.
Well, this won’t come as much of a surprise, but the trailer has shattered all records when it comes to online views, with the Disney announcing that it was watched over 88 million times in its first 24 hours. The previous record was held by Fast & Furious 7’s trailer, which racked up 62 million views over the same timeframe this past November.
See Also: The only thing wrong with the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th 2015 and sees returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C- »
- Gary Collinson
Several more key quotes have come trickling out of the Star Wars Celebration convention over the weekend. Talking about the new "Star Wars Anthology" films, the official title being used by the upcoming "Star Wars" spin-off movies, LucasFilm's VP of development Kiri Hart says:
"Star Wars as much as it is a set of characters... is a place that we can explore in terms of character, in terms of time frame... We really wanted freedom to do some films that would stand on their own - they can vary in scale, they can vary in genre, they can introduce new characters and new places, and they can still be Star Wars."
Lucas film's Kathleen Kennedy says the idea for these anthology films came from George Lucas himself: "It was really George's idea, not only picking up the saga again - which he never envisioned he would do... he was »
- Garth Franklin
At Star Wars Celebration, the first plot details were revealed for the spinoff movie Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, which, as previously rumored, will center on a Rebel Alliance mission to steal plans for the Death Star. Unfortunately, director Gareth Edwards, who attended the panel on Sunday morning, would not confirm rumors that Han Solo and Boba Fett will be a part of the story. Take a look at the first official, albeit brief, plot synopsis below.
The official logo was also revealed for audience, which you can check out below, and appears to confirm that the official title is Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. LucasFilm's VP of development Kiri Hart, who attended the panel along with producer Kathleen Kennedy and Gareth Edwards, talked about why »
The spinoff is directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla), with Felicity Jones (The Theory Of Everything) starring as a rebel soldier. “It’s set after Episode III, before IV — and a little more towards IV,” says Edwards.
The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, »
- Michelle McCue
Star Wars Celebration is coming to an end in Anaheim, California today, but before the convention winds down, fans got the first plot details for the first spinoff movie Rogue One. The plot was confirmed as centering on a group who go on a mission to steal plans for the Death Star. Here's what the official Star Wars Twitter page revealed earlier today.
There had been rumors of the Rogue One plot revolving around the Death Star for quite some time, but this is the first time the plot had actually been confirmed. It was also confirmed that Felicity Jones is playing a Rebel soldier, and the plot takes place before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. The news was revealed at »
On the final day of the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California, Gareth Edwards revealed some new details about Star Wars: Rogue One, the upcoming standalone prequel spun-off of J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As The Wrap reports, Edwards participated in a panel discussion with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Vice President of Development Kiri Hart.Edwards described a dark and exciting film, saying, “It’s about the fact that god’s not coming to save us, and we’re on our own.” He teased the film’s emphasis on combat, quipping, “It’s called Star Wars.” Felicity Jones has a lead role as a rebel soldier, and earlier the official Star Wars Twitter confirmed that Rogue One will depict a plot to steal the plans to the Death Star: After announcing his prodigious talents with the low-budget Monsters in 2009, Edwards nabbed the job of »
- Greg Cwik
On the last day of the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, Calif., “Star Wars: Rogue One” director Gareth Edwards and the director of an untitled standalone film, Josh Trank, were set to partake in a much-hyped panel about the upcoming spinoffs.
But, come Sunday, while Edwards was there to share plenty of new details about “Rogue One,” including a plot synopsis and a short teaser, Trank was nowhere to be found.
Pablo Hidalgo, the moderator of the panel that also included Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy and Kiri Hart, said Trank was “under the weather.” However, Trank’s absence from the panel seemed very last minute — his name was large on the jumbotron at the convention center just moments before the panel began, and he was mentioned in press releases in the week leading up to the event.
Moreover, the panel was billed as a “conversation” with Edwards and Trank »
- Alex Stedman
You wouldn’t think that a film due in theaters in December of 2016 (!!) would have Any footage to show to fans. Which is exactly why the gathered masses at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim were screaming their heads off at the first glance of footage for Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars: Rogue One, the first planned installment in the non-saga Star Wars Anthology Series that just began showing some of its official cards. Gareth Edwards took the stage with Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy to tease Star Wars: Rogue One. He revealed the film’s official plot (which you can read about here), discussed where on the timeline the story takes place, and talked about how Felicity Jones fits in to the cast. Then, to everyone’s surprise, he showed footage. Did you watch the clip above? Just in case it has disappeared, it begins with a »
As Star Wars Celebration enters its final day the last big panel on the deck deals with the first "standalone" film. Producer Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm's vice president of development Kiri Hart, and director Gareth Edwards took to the Celebration stage at the event to discuss what's being referred to as an "anthology film," and to reveal a brief teaser. Josh Trank, who's set to direct a 2018 anthology film of his own, was scheduled to appear during the panel as well, but unexpectedly backed out at the last minute due to illness. We already knew that Star Wars: Rogue One would feature Felicity Jones in a lead role and had been circling Ben Mendelsohn for a part and that Alexandre Desplat would score the picture with Chris Weitz doing some work on the script that was originated by Gary Whitta. So what else did we learn from the Celebration panel? »
- Haleigh Foutch
Gareth Edwards was on stage at Star Wars Celebration this morning, and dropped the first official details on the plot of Star Wars: Rogue One, what role Felicity Jones is playing, the creative crew, and Tons more. Come inside to check it out plus the first concept art from the movie.
The final day of Star Wars Celebration started off with a bang, when Gareth Edwards, the director of the first Stars Wars standalone film, took to the stage to give eager fans the first official details on the upcoming film. They even showed a brief teaser for the film (though it hasn't officially made its way online yet), in which the official title card for the film was shown.
Apparently, these standalone movies will fall under the "Star Wars Anthology" banner, to keep them all grouped together, but noticeably separate from the Episodes that will be releasing. But »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Today at Star Wars Celebration, producer Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm's vice president of development Kiri Hart, and director Gareth Edwards unveiled a teaser trailer for the first Star Wars anthology film Star Wars: Rogue One. While the film is still in pre-production and hasn't started shooting yet, the teaser (which is not officially online; we've removed the bootleg embed) features footage created entirely by Ilm - including a gorgeous shot of the Death Star looming over the horizon of an unknown planet. Here's a description of the footage: The teaser opens with narration by Obi Wan from A New Hope describing the time of the Jedi before The Empire as the camera swoops over a heavily forested landscape. The camera then pans up to reveal the massive Death Star looming overhead before cutting to the title, with "Rogue One" in big letters, preceded by a smaller "Star Wars" on top. »
- Haleigh Foutch
A plot to steal the Death Star will be at the center of “Star Wars: Rogue One,” the official Star Wars account tweeted on Sunday. “A band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans in Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One,” the message said. The news came on the final day of the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim. During a panel with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm vice-president of development Kiri Hart and Gareth Edwards, the director of the spinoff, the first teaser trailer was also revealed. Also Read: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of. »
- Linda Ge and Todd Cunningham
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