Star Wars news dropped all over the place today. The official Force Awakens poster, the cast of the spinoff Rogue One, and the director for Star Wars: Episode IX were all announced. Here’s a rundown of everything.
First: The official Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens poster.
It just wouldn’t feel like an official Star Wars poster unless Drew Struzan created it. Like all his other masterpieces, it highlights the major players involved and we finally get to see Finn (John Boyega) rocking a lightsaber… nooice!
Second: Meet the cast and see the logo for the Star Wars spinoff Rogue One.
Left to Right: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen. Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
Lucas Films just dropped this image of the Rogue One cast and we are definitely salivating over here. As we wrote back in July, Hong Kong acting legend, Donnie Yen, is on board. Academy award nominee Felicity Jones (for The Theory of Everything), Emmy nominated Ben Mendelsohn (for Bloodline), Diego Luna (who crushed it in Killing Them Softly), and Riz Ahmed (who really impressed us in Nightcrawler) are the other cast members featured in the photo. However, the cast that’s not in that photo are more impressive. Acting god and academy award winner, Forest Whitaker, will be joining Rogue One as well as one of our favorite actors and the greatest Hannibal Lecter of all time… Mads Mikkelsen (sorry Anthony Hopkins). Also, Alan Tudyk from Tucker and Dale vs. Evil will play a performance-capture character.
The official logo of Star Wars: Rogue One was also released:
Along with the cast and logo came some news about the spinoff.
The film hits theaters Christmas 2016 and will be directed by Gareth Edwards. Producer Kathleen Kennedy had the following to say about working with Gareth and the film’s themes:
“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. 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.” (source)
Third: Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars: Episode IX, which is set for release in 2019.
You know director/writer Colin Trevorrow best from his summer blockbuster goliath, Jurassic World. Now Disney has tapped him for Star Wars.
Production won’t start for a few years, but Trevorrow will head to Lucasfilm late this year to begin working on the project.
Kathleen Kennedy also weighed in on Colin.
“Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed. The power of that film paired with the enormous success of Jurassic World speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled filmmaker. We are thrilled to have such an incredible talent as Colin join our family and step into the Star Wars universe.”
Trevorrow also release a statement
“This is not a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople. We’ve been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we all had—a mythology to call their own. We will do this by channeling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope.” (source)
Star Wars: Episode IX will be the final installment of the newest Star Wars trilogy.