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Filming started on ‘Rogue One’

Filming of the “Star Wars” movie “Rogue One” has started. The film opens in 2016.
Filming of the “Star Wars” movie “Rogue One” has started. The film opens in 2016.

Production has started on the first film in the new “Star Wars” stories series, “Rogue One.” Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla”) is directing the story that looks at the resistance fighters who unite to steal plans to the Death Star.

Look for the movie to open Dec. 16, 2016.

Felicity Jones, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role in “The Theory of Everything,” is the star of the film. Joining her is Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008’s Oscar-winning “Milk” and the critically acclaimed “Killing Them Softly” along with Ben Mendelsohn who was recently nominated for an Emmy for his leading role in “Bloodline.

Other cast members include Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed.

“‘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,” Kathleen Kennedy, executive producer, says. “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.’”

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