In just under two months, the first Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will hit theaters, with anticipation higher than ever after the final trailer debuted. Today we have word that the lucky fans in the U.K. will actually get to see this adventure in theaters a day early, with the movie set for release on December 15, just ahead of the U.S. debut on December 16. There are a few other countries that will get to see this a bit early, ahead of the U.S. release.
The Star Wars UK Twitter broke the news today along with a brief video of the X-wing battle shown in the final trailer that dropped last week. The film's IMDB page reveals that a number of countries will get to see Rogue One on December 14, such as Denmark, Belguim, France, The Netherlands, Sweden and Taiwan. There are also several other countries aside from the UK that will get a December 15 release, such as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Portugal, Russia and many more.
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, going up against Warner Bros.' Collateral Beauty, starring Will Smith.
Rogue One will be the first of three Star Wars standalone movies that have been confirmed thus far. The second will focus on a young Han Solo, set before A New Hope, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as the beloved smuggler and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, which is set to hit theaters on May 25, 2018. The third spin-off is believed to center on Boba Fett, which is expected to hit theaters in 2020. Take a look at this tweet from Star Wars UK, confirming the British release date for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.