/film has an interesting report coming out of the Disney shareholders meeting from earlier this morning. As we already know, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the first Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off is now officially titled Rogue One, it stars Felicity Jones, and it will be released December 16, 2016. What we didn't know earlier is that the first piece of concept art for the movie was shown. And now a description of it has emerged. This has led some to believe the movie is not quite what we think it is, as the art did not depict any X-wing fighters or pilots.
The title Rogue One seems to hint at a movie revolving around an X-Wing squadron, something we'd heard before. But that doesn't seem to be the case. The concept art shows something different. This art has not yet leaked online, and probably won't due to the strict policies shareholders are held under during the meeting. And it seems /film had a hard time getting someone to even talk about it. Here is what they had to say, describing the art as something you might see in the Halo video game. The story seems to focus on a band of space soldiers on a mission:
The concept art was a gritty "dark/gray image": "very dark and done in greens, so it evoked the idea that it was being done under the cloak of night."
The art showed armored, soldier-like persons on the ground, "with two to three ships in the background."
Disney blogger/investor StitchKingdom says that the imagery "evoked concept art of a video game" and it "screamed Halo to me."
"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."
/film goes onto say that the shareholders who delivered the news (like spies delivering plans to the Death Star) didn't know enough about the expanded Star Wars universe to describe who these characters are. They did know enough to say that the 'tough-looking vehicles' utilized in the image weren't X-Wing fighters. They are described as 'transport ships'. All of the characters were dressed the same, in dark fatigues. Nothing distinguished these characters as 'individuals'. The figures in question were also masked. But they didn't look like bounty hunters.
In the past we've heard that Rogue One could be about any number of things. For a while it was rumored to be a Han Solo movie, then it was said to follow a group of Bounty Hunters who steal the plans to the Death Star. Some thought it would revolve around Boba Fett's family. The secret title of the film is Los Alamos, which hints at a Manhattan Project type story, and may be a clue that it takes place on Geonosis, where the plans for the first Death Star were put into motion. The closest any of these ideas come to matching the concept art is the story about a band of soldiers trying to steal the plans to the Death Star. Is that the movie we're getting? We'll have to wait and see.