On the final day of the Star Wars Celebration in California, one of the newest members of the Lucasfilm family —spin-off director Gareth Edwards — took the stage to talk about joining a galaxy far, far away. Edwards, who said that the film is set after Episode III and before Episode IV, added that his film won’t have clear-cut villains and heroes. It’s also very much a war film, he said. “It’s called Star WARS,” he joked.
It’s about the fact that god’s not coming to save us, and we’re on our own. The absence of the Jedi is omnipresent in the film. It hangs over the whole movie.
Rouge One Director Gareth Edwards
The teaser opens on a forest-looking planet with a sweeping shot of a river valley and an Obi-Wan Kenobi voiceover. A TIE Fighter is seen screeching through the sky. As the shot panned out, the Death Star is seen looming over the horizon of the planet. The teaser then cut to darkness as a frantic voiceover of possibly a pilot is heard. Then, “Star Wars: Rogue One - Anthology” flashed on the screen as the fans cheered. Star Wars: Rogue One, starring Felicity Jones, which is slated for release in December 2016.