Disney and Lucasfilm are still riding high after the tremendous success of J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens. Now they are focused on the very bright future of the franchise, and they are in the middle of their annual convention for all things related to a galaxy far far away, Star Wars Celebration. The event is taking place in London this year, and they finished off the event Friday with a panel for the upcoming spin off movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The Rogue One panel closed out the first day of Star Wars Celebration, which is going on now through Sunday, and was moderated by Gwendoline Christie, who made her debut in the Star Wars universe as Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens last year. Virtually every major player involved in Rogue One was on hand for the panel, including Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and director Gareth Edwards. The energy about the movie from everyone on the panel was very high, and Edwards seemed confident and giddy about what they have accomplished with the movie.
"It's a style that is unlike any other Star Wars Movie...This is going to be an incredibly immersive experience when you see Rogue One"
There were a ton of moments to highlight from the panel, and the entirety of the central cast for Rogue One was in attendance for the panel, and while some had to remain very quiet about their characters, others were able to say quite a bit that we didn't know already. Diego Luna discussed his character Cassian Andor a bit more, and revealed that he is close friends with Alan Tudyk's droid character K-2SO. Tudyk discussed his new droid character a bit in detail, which is something we hadn't heard all that much about until now. Here is what he had to say.
"Cassian reprogrammed him and did like, a data wipe. And when he reprogrammed, he's not quite all there. He speaks his mind and says things that can be unsettling. He's very honest. If you know any old people, he's like that. He says whatever he thinks. And it was great to play him."
The rest of the cast got to have a moment or two to discuss their character, but much of it had to continue to be shrouded in secrecy, though Donnie Yen seemed particularly excited to be involved and was beaming when he got a chance to discuss his character, Chirrut Imwe. Outside of everyone discussing their characters briefly, we also got to see one of the earliest pieces of concept art that was done for Rogue One, which is very interesting when compared to the final product as it has evolved quite a bit from that stage. There was also a very fun moment where Ben Mendelsohn came out dressed as his villainous character, Director Orson Krennic, surround by a group of Death Troopers.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes place during the time period after Revenge of the Sith and just before the events of A New Hope. It will be telling the tale of the band of Rebels who were tasked with stealing the plans for the original Death Star. The movie stars Felicity Jones, who is playing the main character of the movie named Jyn Erso, who will lead the rag-tag group on the very dangerous mission. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set for release on December 16. You can check out the Rogue One panel from Star Wars Celebration for yourself below, as well as some of the best images from the event.