First Look at ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ New Cast Members

A Star Wars Story

Disney and LucasFilm have released the first look at Gareth Edwards‘ standalone Star Wars story series film Star Wars: Rogue One, featuring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, and Donnie Yen.

“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,” producer Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. “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.”

Mads Mikkelsen and Alan Tudyk are also announced to be joining the film, while Forest Whitaker and Ben Mendelsohn were confirmed. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens December 16th, 2016.

Check out the first official image as well as the press release (excerpt) and the film’s new logo below, thanks to D23 Expo 2015.

Gareth Edwards‘  Standalone SW Film

There’s a rumor going around that Diego Luna may be playing Biggs Darklighter in Rogue One and that Felicity Jones‘ character also has ties to a character from the original Star Wars trilogy.

Gareth Edwards‘  Standalone SW Film

The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role in The Theory of Everything; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008’s Oscar-winning Milk and 2013’s Elysium; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmy for his leading role in Bloodline and co-starring in the upcoming Mississippi Grind; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in Ip Man and Blade II; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, produced , directed and starred in the award-winning Let the Bullets Fly and Devils on the Doorstep; Forest Whitaker, recently featured in the critically-acclaimed Lee Daniels’ The Butler and winner of an Academy Award for his leading role in 2006’s The Last King of Scotland; Mads Mikkelsen, who starred in The Hunt and was the memorable villain from 2006’s Casino Royale; Alan Tudyk, who plays a performance-capture character in Rogue One, stars in the soon-to-be-released Con Man series and Trumbo, which releases this November; and Riz Ahmed, who was recently featured in Nightcrawler and starred in the BAFTA-winning film Four Lions.