Yesterday, Disney held their annual shareholder's meeting in San Francisco, where it was confirmed that the first Star Wars spinoff will be called Rogue One, with Felicity Jones becoming the first cast member to sign on. Unfortunately, no story details were released during the meeting, but attendees were shown brief glimpses of concept art for director Gareth Edwards' adventure. Of course, Disney has yet to release these images, but we do have a description of the artwork from Stitch Kingdom, who say that it looks like the Halo video game:
"And then there was one. Rogue One. The concept art heard around the world. Although I'm quite shocked it hasn't been released yet, my personal take on it was it evoked concept art of a video game. It personally screamed Halo to me. It was very dark and done in greens, so it evoked the idea that it was being done under the cloak of night. Dozens of figures in fatigues appeared to be storming something with a strange helicopterish vehicle (open on the sides) in the background, releasing more troops."
We don't know quite yet who these soldiers are, or what they are fighting for. It's possible they could be Imperial Military troops, or soldiers from the Rebellion, but at this point, we don't even know where exactly in the Star Wars timeline the plot is set. The title alone suggests that the movie may center on X-wing pilots, but it's hard to tell if that is the case, based on these descriptions. There have been rumors that the story centers on a group of bounty hunters trying to steal plans for the original Death Star, which may include Han Solo and the bounty hunter Boba Fett. Naturally, those details have yet to be confirmed, and, at this time, all we know about Rogue One is that Gareth Edwards is directing from a script by Chris Weitz, with Felicity Jones staring in an unspecified role.
Los Angeles Times reporter Daniel Miller was also present at the meeting, and he offered more details in a series of tweets that you can see below. He revealed that the soldiers couldn't be described as either Imperial forces or bounty hunters, and that the artwork was only shown for a few seconds. What do you think the Rogue One story will center on? Let us know what you think below.
@slashfilm Yes, but you'll be unsatisfied. It was gritty, showing many armored, soldier-like persons. There were tough-looking vehicles too.— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) March 13, 2015
@slashfilm I couldn't say one way or another. Was shown for just seconds. But I'm betting you won't have to wait until 2016 for an answer.— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) March 13, 2015
@slashfilm Neither. They were masked but not whimsical looking like those bounty hunters (I realize whimsy & mercenaries don't go together).— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) March 13, 2015