Disney and Lucasfilm are looking beyond the Skywalker family saga for the new era of Star Wars on film. In between the traditional numbered episodes, they will release a standalone anthology film that details a new story from the galaxy far, far away. The primary appeal of these projects is that they can blend multiple genres and offer a different spin on the franchise, which has primarily leaned on space opera/adventure tropes for the previous films.
The first spinoff movie is this December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which details the Rebel Alliance’s deadly mission to steal the original Death Star plans. From the beginning, director Gareth Edwards has repeatedly stated his intention to make Rogue One a full-blown war drama, and the footage showcased in the trailers has certainly led credence to that claim. Many fans are excited by the new tone and feel, and the marketing campaign continues to highlight it. A new poster has some eye-catching imagery that underscores the severe stakes of the narrative.
Debuting at Comic-Con Russia, the one-sheet features a lone Rebellion helmet laying in the water as stormtroopers and Imperial walkers approach from ahead. Lucasfilm has confirmed (via io9) that this is a real poster. You can check it out below:
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Sources: io9, SWNN