'Star Wars' stand-alone film gets official title, date and star

Title sheds light on the film's potential plot.

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Published Thu, Mar 12 2015 10:43 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:09 PM CST

Last month we reported news that the first of the three stand-alone 'Star Wars' films was nearing production and now Lucasfilm has made it official by giving the film a title that sheds light on the story, as well as a release date.

'Star Wars' stand-alone film gets official title, date and star | TweakTown.com

'Rogue One' will be helmed by 'Godzilla' director Gareth Edwards and will be released on December 16, 2016 - just one year from this year's 'The Force Awakens' and will star Felicity Jones in an as-yet unnamed role. Lucasfilm have been keen to point out that the story was cracked by John Knoll, who not only serves as CEO of visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic with a long standing association with the franchise, but also served as one of the original key developers of Adobe PhotoShop.

The title gives a clue as to the potential storyline, with 'Rogue One' (or 'Rogue Leader') being the call sign given to the leader of the Rebel Alliance/New Republic/Galactic Alliance fighter group, Rogue Squadron and which harken back to the original trilogy of 'Star Wars' films.

NEWS SOURCE:starwars.com

Ben joined the TweakTown team in 2008 and has since reviewed 100s of movies. Ben is based in Australia and has been writing entertainment based news and reviews since 2002 and for TweakTown since 2007. A student of film, Ben brings a wide understanding of the medium to the latest happenings in entertainment circles and the latest blockbuster theatrical reviews.

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