– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Disney just held a meeting for its shareholders where it showcased its films for the year. Included was a look at LucasFilm’s STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE. The film, directed by Gareth Edwards (GODZILLA) will be a standalone story that takes place between EPISODE III and EPISODE IV

Here’s what Disney’s Bob Iger said to the room before showing a very brief sizzle reel. Note how he specifies exactly where it fits in the timeline:

It’s our first original standalone Star Wars story. It’s about a band of rebels who are plotting to steal the plans for the Death Star. The action takes place right before the events in the very first Star Wars movie, Episode IV, which was called A New Hope. And I can’t wait for you to see it, it’s in theaters this December.

They then showed a little something to help whet the appetite of its shareholders. Thankfully, there was also a fan in attendance. That fan has posted a description of what was included in the sizzle reel:

Most of it was very quick. A shot of the black stormtrooper, possibly called Death Troopers as previously reported, another pic of that same style of helmet and armor but all chrome, reminiscent of Captain Phasma from The Force Awakens, an image showed two AT-ATs that had a slightly different look with the door panel on the side of the body painted a lighter beige color. And a couple cast photos were shown, one of Felicity & Diego Luna and another of Donnie Yen. The clip featured Felicity’s character on what looked like the inside of a ship or shuttle with her arm up holding on and the hatch/ramp open behind her. I wish I could remember what she said as part of the sizzle but it went by too fast. The new stormtroopers looked great. …

It all looked great, had a classic Star Wars/A New Hope look & feel. Bob Iger said that they didn’t have footage but that it & Episode VIII had been filming as previously stated. I’m definitely more excited for the film since it will be set close to the classic trilogy time & like I said it definitely had a similar look/feel.

Sounds promising, no? What do you think?

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.