We are four months away from Star Wars' (hopefully) triumphant return to cinema screens, and we've heard a heck of a lot about The Force Awakens already. That means it's time to turn our attention towards the very first in a number of main saga spin offs, Rogue One.
We're still a bit in the dark about what the film involves, but information has started to trickle out into the media. To make things easy for you, we've collected everything there is to know about Rogue One all in one place. Scroll down for all the details, and keep this post bookmarked! We'll be updating this page with fresh details all the time.
What is the New Star Wars Film Called?
The main title of the film is Rogue One, which long-time Star Wars fans will recognise as a call-sign for members of the Rebellion's X-Wing-flying Rogue Squadron. It's also being directed by Godzilla's Gareth Edwards.
There appears to be some contention with what the film will be designated as, though. At the Star Wars Celebration earlier this year, Lucasfilm announced that all Star Wars spin offs would be called 'Star Wars Anthology' films, but at D23 Rogue One was referred to as the slightly lamer-sounding 'Star Wars Story'.
Where Can I Watch the Rogue One Trailer?
Well, it has only just started filming, so there isn't any footage to show. So you can't. That's disappointing news, but there is a teaser trailer that was shown off at the Star Wars Celebration in California earlier this year.
As you can see there isn't much to go on, but it does confirm that the Death Star is in the movie in some fashion.
When is Rogue One Set to be Released in Cinemas?
On the 16th December 2016, 362 days after the release of The Force Awakens and five months before the release of Episode VIII.
Who Has Been Cast in Rogue One, Then?
The final cast was revealed at Disney's D23 Expo over the weekend. Known to be starring are Felicity Jones, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen, and Firefly's Alan Tudyk (who has been confirmed as playing a mo-cap character).
We currently have no information on who they're all playing. I'm going to go ahead and guess that Felicity Jones is the team leader, Riz Ahmed is the team's tech guy, and Mads Mikkelsen is a villain of some sort.
What's the Plot of Rogue One?
Back at the Star Wars Experience in California, it was revealed that the film would follow the team tasked with stealing the Death Star plans, a story strand which proved crucial to the plot of Episode IV. Strangely nothing else was revealed at D23, and Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy only mentioned that the film was set before A New Hope.
It also seems that a certain not-a-small moon will have a pivotal role in the film. That may have seemed obvious given the plot and the teaser trailer, but a tweet from a government official seems to confirm that the Death Star appears in person.
Will There Be Appearances From Other Well-Known Characters?
We don't know right now, but there is a rumour floating around that Darth Vader himself will show up in the film, in some shape or form. It certainly makes sense that the dark lord of the Sith would have a presence on the Death Star, and it could easily tie into the opening scenes of A New Hope. James Earl Jones recently voiced the character for an episode of Star Wars: Rebels as well, so it's probably won't be a huge pain to get him back to voice Vader on the big screen.
There's also plenty of room for other high-ranking Imperials and Rebels to appear. Nothing has been confirmed, but it wouldn't be too difficult to include the likes of Bail Organa, or a younger version of Grand Moff Tarkin. Maybe even a cameo from the Emperor himself?
What Does This Mean For the Future of the Franchise?
With Episode VII due this year, Rogue One due next year, Episode VIII in 2017, and at least two more spin-off films in the works (focusing on Han Solo and Boba Fett), it seems Disney is hellbent on making the trip to see Star Wars at the cinema an annual event. It also means that people will be able to learn an awful lot more about the expanded Star Wars universe without having to resort to reading or watching cartoons.