Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (or simply Rogue One) is a 2016 American epic space-opera film directed by Gareth Edwards. The screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy is from a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta. It was produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the first installment of the Star Wars anthology series. The cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, and Forest Whitaker.
Based on an idea first pitched by Knoll ten years before it entered development, the film was made to be different in tone and style from the traditional Star Wars films, omitting the customary opening crawl and transitional screen wipes. Principal photography on the film began at Pinewood Studios near London in early August 2015 and wrapped in February 2016. The film then went through extensive reshoots directed by Gilroy in mid-2016. Rogue One follows a group of rebels on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, the Galactic Empire's super weapon, just before the events of A New Hope.
The film premiered in Los Angeles on December 10, 2016, and was released in the United States on December 16. It received positive reviews from critics, with praise for its acting, action sequences, direction, musical score, visual effects, and darker tone, but received some criticism for its underdeveloped characters and digital recreation of actors from the original trilogy. It grossed over $1 billion worldwide, making it the 32nd-highest-grossing film of all time, the second-highest-grossing film of 2016, and the third-highest-grossing film in the Star Wars franchise. It received two Oscar nominations for Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects.
Following the foundation of the Galactic Empire, a wayward band of Rebel fighters come together to carry out a desperate mission: to steal the plans for the Death Star before it can be used to enforce the Emperor's rule.
Director Gareth Edwards stated that the style of the film will be similar to that of a war film, stating, "It's the reality of war. Good guys are bad. Bad guys are good. It's complicated, layered; a very rich scenario in which to set a movie."
- Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso
- Diego Luna as a Rebel Captain
- Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook
- Bodhi Rook as an Imperial Admiral
- Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic
- Donnie Yen as Chirrut Îmwe
- Jiang Wen as Baze Malbus
- Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera
- Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso
- Alan Tudyk as K-2SO
- Jonathan Aris as Senator Jebel
- Spencer Wilding as Darth Vader
- Babou Ceesay as Lieutenant Sefla
Genevieve O'Reilly reprises her role of Mon Mothma from Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Alistair Petrie appears as a Rebel general and Eunice Olumide appears in the film. Ingvild Deila portrays Princess Leia Organa.