A lot went down at this year’s Disney D23 Expo. Including the first official image for Star Wars: Rogue One, showcasing the full cast. So if all of the reports weren’t enough, this picture is confirming the stars as Felicity Jones; Diego Luna;Ben Mendelsohn; Donnie Yen; Jiang Wen; Forest Whitaker; Mads Mikkelsen; Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed.
“Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe,” said producer Kathleen Kennedy in a statement. “It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential ‘Star Wars’ feel that fans have come to know. Gareth is such an innovative director and I’m so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he’s selected for Rogue One.”
ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll apparently came up with the idea for the movie, with Chris Weitz handling the script. Allison Shearmur, Knoll, Simon Emanuel and Jason McGatlin are executive producers. Kiri Hart and John Swartz are co-producers.
Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty & Foxcatcher) serves as director of photography and Neil Corbould (Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan) is special effects supervisor. Doug Chiang (Star Wars: Episodes I-II, Forrest Gump) and Neil Lamont (supervising art director for the “Harry Potter” series, Edge of Tomorrow) will be the production designers. Additional crew members include stunt coordinator Rob Inch (World War Z, Captain America: The First Avenger), creature effects supervisor Neal Scanlan (Prometheus) and co-costume designers Dave Crossman (costume supervisor for the Harry Potter series, Saving Private Ryan) and Glyn Dillon (costume concept artist for Kingsman: The Secret Service, Jupiter Ascending).
Star Wars: Rogue One will hit theaters on December 16, 2016.