Now that legions of fans around the world have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens multiple times, they are turning their attention to the first Star Wars spinoff, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is set for release on December 16. Earlier this week, a Fandango poll listed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as the most anticipated movie to come out in 2016, setting the stage for another massive blockbuster. Today we have a new rumor from Star Wars Time, which claims that Disney is planning to attach the first trailer for Rogue One to theatrical prints of Captain America: Civil War.
While the news has not been confirmed yet by Disney, it certainly would follow a pattern of Disney using other projects to help promote its burgeoning Star Wars universe. Disney released the second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens during Star Wars Celebration in April, before attaching it to theatrical prints of another Disney-owned project, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Disney also debuted the third trailer during ESPN's Monday Night Football, another Disney-owned entity.
Rogue One is set between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, centering on a group of Rebels who hatch a mission to steal the original Death Star plans. The cast includes Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn (who is reportedly playing the villain), Alan Tudyk, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Jonathan Aris and Wen Jiang, although little is known about their characters. Earlier today, a rumor surfaced that Felicity Jones is playing a Rebel pilot named Lyra Erso, but that has not been confirmed.
What we do know for sure is that Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) is directing from a script by Chris Weitz (Cinderella) and Gary Whitta (After Earth). After Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters in December, Star Wars: Episode VIII will hit theaters on May 26, 2017, followed by Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019 and Star Wars Anthology: Boba Fett in 2020. Disney and LucasFilm haven't confirmed any plans beyond those movies, but a report from November claimed that the studios plan on churning out one new Star Wars movie a year, indefinitely.
What do you think about this rumor that the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer will debut alongside Captain America: Civil War? Even if it is true, it's certainly possible that the footage will debut online earlier than that, but we don't know for sure quite yet. Be sure to stay tuned for any official word about the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer.