LucasFilm's Hall H panel at Comic-Con earlier today was almost entirely devoted to the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but one tiny nugget of information was released about the first highly-anticipated Star Wars spinoff, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. With the film set for release in December 2016, we already knew that production would be starting soon. Now LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that principal photography begins on Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One in just three short weeks. That pits the start date at August. However, this contradicts a report that surfaced before SDCC.
A detailed report from last week claimed that Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One had already been in production for three weeks at Pinewood Studios in London, which was confirmed as the filming location back in November. Sources claimed that star Felicity Jones had already shot her first scenes, and that crew members were seen bringing several trees into the studio, to shoot a jungle scene. A second report seemingly confirmed the jungle scenes, and that there would be some "scene-setting" on the Death Star, with the spinoff redressing sets from Star Wars: The Force Awakens that apparently will "have fans agog."
Naturally, the earlier reports were never confirmed, so if LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy says shooting will begin in three weeks, it's certainly reliable information. Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One also stars Riz Ahmed, Sam Claflin, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn and Forest Whitaker, with the story centering on a group of Rebel Alliance soldiers embarking on a mission to steal the original plans for the Death Star. It is also rumored to feature Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and some iconic Bounty Hunters. Hopefully we'll have more details on Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One soon, including the full cast and the characters they're playing, so stay tuned for more updates.