As Rogue One looms, Lucasfilm develops tip skeleton for new Star Wars movies

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Rogue One is charting a new destiny for Star Wars.

The stakes are larger than usually one film, given a greeting to Lucasfilm’s initial stand-alone will be a pivotal decision-making factor as a association gathers a artistic organisation together in early 2017 to confirm on other titles to greenlight for a years ahead.

After relaunching Star Wars final year with The Force Awakens, that was a initial charity in a new trilogy, Lucasfilm motionless to examination with how distant they could enhance their cinematic star by rewinding a chronology and revelation a story that doesn’t concentration on any of a strange characters – solely a appearing participation of Darth Vader in a background.

Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards and combined by Gary Whitta, Chris Weitz, and Tony Gilroy, goes behind 34 years in galactic time to tell a start story of how Rebel commandos, led by Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso, came into possession of a strange Death Star plans, that Princess Leia after hid in R2-D2 and Luke Skywalker used to blow a moon-sized arms to smithereens.

Next year, Rian Johnson’s still-untitled Episode VIII will spin a time brazen again to collect adult a story of Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron and Kylo Ren. In 2018, we’ll rewind again for The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, whose immature Han Solo stand-alone will star Aldren Ehrenreich (Hail Caesar!) in a Harrison Ford role, Donald Glover stuffing Billy Dee Williams’ garment as Lando Calrissian, and Game of Thrones singer Emilia Clarke in an vague part. In 2019, executive Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) will broach Episode IX. But after that…? Nobody knows.

The biggest doubt of all: After a new trilogy ends with Episode IX in 2019, will a new trilogy begin? Or does a annual recover of a Star Wars film turn a litany of stand-alones, usually spasmodic threading behind together (the approach a Marvel cinema do)?

“That’s a review going on right now, too,” Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy says. “I have to overtly tell you, could we [do zero though stand-alones]? Sure. But we don’t know. We are looking during all of that.”

Gauging assembly greeting to Rogue One will be vicious as Lucasfilm evaluates how opposite it can get with these stand-alone films from a traditions of a trilogy, or “saga,” films.

“More than expected we will not have a crawl,” Kennedy says of a iconic floating content that has non-stop each prior Star Wars movie. “We feel that that is disdainful with a tale films. But how this evolves…? We haven’t entirely decided, and [traditional Star Wars elements] might be flattering gangling for this initial one.”

Composer Michael Giacchino’s music, for instance, will embody slight homages to a iconic strange measure by John Williams, though many of what we hear will be original. (More on a song of Rogue One Wednesday on

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After a recover of a new film, a Star Wars braintrust will map out a serve reaches of a galaxy. Among a titles that have been deliberate is a Boba Fett/bounty hunter film that executive Josh Trank was hired to make before he dropped out following a uneasy prolongation of his Fantastic Four reboot. It came so tighten to being strictly announced, Lucasfilm even prepped a teaser tilt to uncover during Star Wars Celebration in open of 2015, sources tell EW. At a final minute, a separate with Trank backburnered a project.

Another storyline fans have voiced seductiveness in saying embody an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, presumably with Ewan McGregor reprising a purpose of a Jedi horseman from a prequels. The actor himself has been enthusiastic about such an idea, if it were to happen.

Lucasfilm isn’t tipping a palm about new titles yet. They’re watchful until after Rogue One’s debut to begin reckoning that out.

“There are [possible movies] that we have been articulate a lot about,” Kennedy says. “But we are formulation to lay down in January, given we will have had The Force Awakens released, now Rogue One, and we’ve finished sharpened Episode VIII. We have adequate information where we can step behind a small bit and say, What are we doing? What do we feel is exciting? And what are some of a things we wish to explore?”

Who will be origination those calls? “The story organisation and a trust, and a visible effects organisation that we have been operative with,” Kennedy says. “We always lift in a directors and a writers that have been a partial of these other 3 movies. We emanate flattering most a unequivocally collegiate organisation of people to share ideas.”

The suspicion of a stand-alone cinema came from George Lucas himself, before handing off a association to Kennedy and offered Lucasfilm to The Walt Disney Co.

“George talked to me about doing this when we initial came aboard,” Kennedy says. “He had mostly suspicion about doing it and he had indeed combined down 3 or 4 thoughts and ideas, directions we could go. Obviously inside a mythology there were lots of opportunities. So that was a initial review we had.”

She wouldn’t mention a ideas he had in mind, though pronounced a immature Han Solo film wasn’t among them. The judgment for Rogue One came from John Knoll, a mythological visible effects administrator from Industrial Light and Magic.

“No, we positively talked about start form stories, though we didn’t get into a specifics of that,” Kennedy said. “We talked a lot about a Jedi and a foundational ideas that George had suspicion about when he combined a mythology. It was arrange of spit-balling ideas.”

The pivotal doubt Rogue One will answer: Can a film full of new characters rivet fans as most as a classical ones?

In further to Jyn, a travel smuggler incited revolutionary, a organisation in this sci-fi movement on The Seven Samurai or The Dirty Dozen includes Forest Whitaker as her mentor, a Rebel mutinous Saw Gerrera, Diego Luna as Rebel Captain Cassian Andor, a maestro espionage agent, and Alan Tudyk as his blunt-speaking, rehabilitated Imperial confidence droid, K-2SO (or Kaytoo for short.) They join army with a machine-gunner Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen) and blind soldier priest Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen), as good as a redemption-seeking former Imperial commander Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed), all 3 from a Force-sacred universe of Jedha.

In further to Darth Vader hovering on a periphery, a knave of a story is Imperial Special Weapons Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn), a male who once stable and sponsored a investigate of Jyn’s scientist father Galen (Mads Mikkelsen), who is an consultant in a strategy of kyber crystals. Those are a core component that fuels a lightsaber blade, and Krennic has kidnapped Galen to strap his believe for a origination of a Death Star’s superlaser.

If that mythology starts to sound too deep, Kiri Hart, Lucasfilm’s conduct of story development, says this story was selected given it has extended connectors that even infrequent fans can follow.

Rogue One felt like a good commencement for given they know about a Death Star plans. They know a things that happened in A New Hope,” she says. “So it had those informed elements, those anchor points, though it also was about a totally new set of characters. So it felt like a unequivocally good template for a kinds of things that we feel these cinema can do.”

If all goes according to Rogue One’s plan, destiny stand-alones won’t have to gaunt opposite events from prior films. “I consider that that’s sparkling for fans,” Kennedy adds. “It’s positively sparkling as a filmmaker, a idea that we can try these stories that honestly have a beginning, center and an end, and don’t indispensably have to tie into something specific.”

In other words, the Star Wars films could be venturing unequivocally distant from home.

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