Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards from a script by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy.
The first installment of the Star Wars Anthology series, it is a standalone film set immediately before the events of A New Hope and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, and Forest Whitaker.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story follows a group of rebels on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, the Galactic Empire’s superweapon.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is based on an idea first pitched by Knoll ten years before it entered development.
The movie was made to be different in tone and style from the traditional Star Wars films, including omitting the conventional opening crawl.
Photography on the film began at Elstree Studios near London during early August 2015 and wrapped in February 2016.
The film went through extensive reshoots and additional filming in mid-June 2016, with Gilroy joining for these.
The film premiered in Los Angeles on December 10, 2016, and was released in the United States on December 16, 2016.