Hot on the heels of the Episode VII trailer, Lucasfilm have revealed more about the first Star Wars stand-alone movie, Rogue One.
These films have been given the umbrella title Star Wars Anthology, indicating that they can be set at any time in the established Star Wars timeline. Confirming earlier rumours, Rogue One will indeed be set just before the events of the original Episode IV movie and will feature a band of rebel soldiers, led by a character played by Felicity Jones. The story will revolve around the stealing of the Death Star plans and getting them to R2-D2 and Princess Leia's ship, sparking the events of the original trilogy. This will be a mostly Jedi-free movie, focusing instead on soldiers and warfare. According to director Gareth Edwards, the Anthology movies can adopt different tones and styles to the existing films and Rogue One will drawn on more realistic movies like Zero Dark Thirty for inspiration (and indeed, the director of photography on Zero Dark Thirty is working on Rogue One).
Star Wars: Rogue One will be released on 16 December 2016.