Disney and Lucasfilm are currently capitalizing on all of the positive hype that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was able to generate for the franchise. This weekend, they are holding their annual fan event, Star Wars Celebration in London, and they have given fans a brand new, sneak peek at the upcoming spin off movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Producer Kathleen Kennedy and director Gareth Edwards took part in a panel today all about Rogue One, and during the course of it revealed some never-before-seen characters who are set to appear in the movie.

Disney decided not to release a trailer during the panel, but they did release a behind the scenes sizzle reel, which has been uploaded to the Star WarsYouTube channel. The video showcases a ton of behind the scenes footage from Rogue One, but also introduced a handful of brand new faces that we haven't seen in any of the previous footage or promo art for the movie. Here is what Gareth Edwards had to say about the footage before they debuted it at the Rogue One panel.

"Ok, so this is a little sneak peak. I'm very proud of the way we approached this film and tried to make it in a very different way. I hope it will come through in what you are about to see.

At around the 1:42 mark in the video, we get a quick sizzle of some brand new characters. There are a couple of new droids, some brand new aliens, and one character that looks like a friendlier version of a Wampa from The Empire Strikes Back. We also go to see Warwick Davis, who is again playing a character in Rogue One, but we didn't get to see his character in full costume, so we don't know exactly who he is playing just yet. The coolest bit is at around the 2:04 minute mark when Edwards is directing one of the new alien characters, who appears to be on a Rebel gun ship in the middle of some combat.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a prequel movie that takes place in the time between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and tells the story of how the Rebels got their hands on the plans for the Empire's planet destroying weapon, the Death Star. The band of Rebels tasked with stealing the plans is being led by Jyn Erso, who has been described as a "Joan of Arc" character by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. She is accompanied by a mixed bag of rag-tag Rebels who are trying to secure the plans so that the Rebel Alliance can destroy the Empire's new, deadly weapon.

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This first Star Wars spinoff movie introduces a bunch of other new characters who are being played by some top notch talent. The cast playing these new characters includes Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang and Forest Whitaker, who is playing Saw Gerrera from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The movie is directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards. The script was written by Chris Weitz, with the story by Gary Whitta and John Knoll.

Star Wars Celebration is taking place in London now through Sunday, so we are sure to be getting lots more Star Wars news throughout the weekend. We will be sure to keep you updated on all of the news coming out of celebration as it breaks, so be sure to stay tuned. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to hit theaters on December 16. Be sure to check out all of the images of the new characters and aliens from the movie below.

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