'Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One' Plot Focuses on Stolen Death Star Plans, Test Footage Leaks

By Gerald Lynch on at

If the unveiling of the second Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer could be considered the main course from this week's Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim, the dessert was a sneak peak at Rogue One, the first spin off film set in the Star Wars universe, to be helmed by Godzilla director Gareth Edwards.

Revealing the first plot details during today's panel (and giving the film its full 'Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One' title), Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said that series creator George Lucas had been "really interested in exploring all the stories that existed inside the universe," before handing the reins to the franchise over to Disney.

With that said, an official synopsis for Rogue One was given, confirming earlier rumours:

A band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans in the Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One.

"It comes down to a group of individuals who don't have magical powers that have to somehow bring hope to the galaxy," said Edwards, seemingly ruling out the presence of Jedi in the film. Indeed, Felicity Jones' role in the film was confirmed to be that of a Rebel soldier (though the long-rumoured inclusion of bounty hunter Boba Fett was not discussed. However, with the film placed somewhere between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope, there's still time for him to swoop in on his jet pack.

To go along with the plot details, one plucky member of the Anaheim convention panel crowd managed to film the few seconds of test footage that was revealed at the event, and has leaked it online:

It's, admittedly, pretty hard to make out, but according to those in the audience, the clip showed an Imperial Tie Fighter flying low across a jungle canopy. And that big moon like thing? That's no moon -- it is, of course, the Death Star.

It'll be some time however until we find out much more, it seems. Not hitting cinemas until 16th December 2016, at least we'll have something to look forward to once The Force Awakens' credits roll. [YouTube]