The seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, not only marked a triumphant comeback to one of the most loved franchises in cinema history, but also paved the road for an anthology series that promised fans of a galaxy far, far away additional standalone stories featuring new and old characters alike, to tide them over in between installments of the core series.
The first in these standalone series is Rogue One, set between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, in a time where the Galactic Empire was rising and Jedis were nowhere to be found. Although the film comes out later this year, details on the plot and characters are still scarce (with many rumors going around), but amidst the uncertainty there's one detail that might have been unofficially revealed.
Making Star Wars recently shared images of tote bags given to the cast and crew of the film. These are currently in auction at eBay, but what has caught the attention of fans is the logo printed on them. Below this never-before-seen logo is an inscription in Aurebesh (the most used language in the galaxy within the Star Wars universe, of course), which simply says "Go Rogue."
The description of this lot reads as follows:
"This bespoke duffel bag was specially commissioned for the cast and crew of the latest Star Wars film, Rogue One. It has been expertly hand made by Tombag of East Sussex. The brand's military roots are immediately apparent in the solid brass hardware, durable waxed canvas material and unique top loader design."
The anthology series consists on three standalone movies set in the Star Wars universe though not properly part of the sequel trilogy. The earliest of these movies will explore events that took place in between the prequel trilogy and the original one, as well the backstories of fan-favorite characters Han Solo and Boba Fett. Filling out the Star Wars universe in such a way sounds like a solid bet on behalf of Lucasfilm and Disney, as even though these standalone offerings don't depict the core saga, they do help expand the series and offer plenty of chances to explore new and exciting corners of a well-loved universe.
Given that Rogue One will feature fighters of the Rebel Alliance – and if this logo happens to be the official one – it could be the early beginnings of the Rebel Alliance starbird fans are all familiar with. As for the Aurebesh writing, it could either be the tagline of the movie or simply the motto of the rebel fighters. Hopefully, it won't be long until fans get to confirm the veracity of this logo, as the first trailer is rumored to debut alongside Captain America: Civil War in May.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released on December 16th, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017 andd the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by a third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Source: Making Star Wars