Today is a big day for Star Wars fans as Lucasfilm debuts a brand new trailer and plenty of other new material from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at Star Wars Celebration 2016 in London. Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ Gwendoline Christie hosted a panel with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, director Gareth Edwards and the cast of the movie, including Felicity Jones, who plays protagonist Jyn Erso.
Before unveiling the new trailer for Rogue One, Edwards shared a couple of special treats for fans: a brand new poster showing Rebels rushing into battle with Stormtroopers on a beach as the Death Star looms ominously in the background, and a piece of very early concept art for the movie, showing a Rebel team that looks rather different from the final lineup in the movie, but demonstrates that the war movie feel that we’ve seen in the trailers was present from the very beginning.
Check out both images below:
Based on the concept art, it looks like the plan for Rogue One included an android character and a mixed-gender team from a very early stage, though the final lineup doesn’t include any aliens (at least, not that we know of yet). The team that audiences will meet in the movie consists of Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Diego Luna as Captain Cassian Andor, Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe, Jiang Wen as Baze Malbus, Riz Ahmed as pilot Bodhi Rook, and Alan Tudyk as android K-2SO.
The poster shows a scene from what appears to be a centerpiece battle of the movie, which we saw glimpses of in the first trailer for Rogue One. Among the Rebel fighters running towards the Stormtroopers in the poster are the main characters of the movie – you can see K-2SO on the far left, with Cassian and Jyn closer to the water and Chirrut and Baze farther down the beach. During the panel it was also revealed that the name of the planet they’re on is Jedha, and that the battle scenes were filmed in Maldives. Given what we’ve already seen, this battle promises to be quite the spectacle on the big screen.
Stay on Screen Rant as the weekend progresses for more news from Star Wars Celebration.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.