You have not seen all of “Star Wars“, unless you were at Disney‘s D23 Expo at Anaheim Convention Centre over the weekend.

We already know that Felicity Jones is confirmed to star in an upcoming “Star Wars” anthology film known as “Star Wars: Rogue One“, but what we didn’t know was that a slew of Hollywood A-listers will also join the movie.

Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016
L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen / Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016

Just recently, Lucasfilm confirmed the “Rogue One” cast by releasing an official cast photo from the Disney Live Action panel at D23 Expo. As seen in the photo, the actors who are joining Jones in the film include Diego LunaDonnie Yen, Jiang Wen, and Riz Ahmed.


Forest WhitakerBen Mendelsohn, and Mads Mikkelsen are also confirmed to join the cast while Alan Tudyk (of “Firefly” fame) will play a performance-capture character.

According to Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, “Rogue One” takes place before the events of “Star Wars: A New Hope”, and chronologically, it will be “closer to Episode IV”. She also said that it “will be a departure from the saga films”, with elements that are familiar to the “Star Wars” universe.

She added:

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”.

“Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards is set to helm the anthology film that is based on a screenplay written by Chris Weitz. ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll originated the idea for the movie. Allison Shearmur, John Knoll, Simon Emanuel, and Jason McGatlin will be executive producing it while Kennedy and Tony To will produce. Kiri Hart and John Swartz are co-producers.

“Star Wars: Rogue One” is scheduled for release on 16th December 2016.

For more information, visit the movie’s official website.

Source: Variety.

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