The heroes and villains of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One adorn the stunning key art for Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, which was revealed today on The Star Wars Show. As seen in the image above, the art features the cast of The Force Awakens looking stoic, along with a beautiful rendering of the characters of Rogue One. Alongside the Rogue One cast are a squadron of death troopers - the black-armored stormtroopers seen in the film's trailer - and the first clear look at the brand new shoretrooper on the bottom left.
Also on the poster is a new class of AT-AT: the AT-ACT, or All Terrain Armored Cargo Transport. The key art will be featured on merchandise throughout Celebration, and available to purchase as a poster. Star Wars Celebration Europe will be held July 15-17 in London, England, at the ExCel, featuring three full days of entertainment, celebrity appearances, interactive events, sneak peeks, and more from everyone's favorite galaxy far, far away. Get tickets now at StarWarsCelebration.com.
The presence of Rogue One characters on this artwork shouldn't be terribly surprising, since it was confirmed earlier this month that director Gareth Edwards will be joined by LucasFilm president and Rogue One producer Kathleen Kennedy and "special guests" for a Star Wars Celebration opening day panel on July 15. Fans got a first glimpse at Rogue One when the trailer debuted last month, and it's possible that the studio may debut the second trailer during this celebration.
Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, telling the story of unlikely heroes who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. Rogue One will be followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII (December 15, 2017), Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25, 2018), Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) and a third Star Wars spinoff, reportedly centering on Boba Fett, arriving in 2020. There has been talk that Disney plans on releasing one new Star Wars movie a year, indefinitely, but we'll have to wait and see if that plan holds up.
The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story cast includes Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed and Wen Jiang. The movie is directed by Gareth Edwards. The script is by Chris Weitz, with the story coming from Gary Whitta and John Knoll based on characters and ideas created by George Lucas. Take a look at the Star Wars Celebration artwork below, and stay tuned for more on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.