At D23 Expo today, Walt Disney Pictures & Lucasfilm unveiled the first cast photo of Rogue One (aka Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), the first film in the new standalone Star Wars stories series.

It stars Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, and Alan Tudyk, check out the first cast after the break:

First Rogue One Cast Photo Released 1

The film was previously titled, Star Wars Anthology – but now it is just referred to as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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.'”

Directed by Gareth Edwards from a script by Chris Weitz, which was based on an idea by visual effects supervisor, John Knoll.

Veteran ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll, who shares a long history with the Star Wars movies, dating back to the mid-1990s, originated the idea for the movie.

Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Cinderella), John Knoll, Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) are executive producers. Kiri Hart and John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) are co-producers.

Rogue One will be released on December 16, 2016.

 

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