The cast image for 'Star Wars: Rogue One' has been released and the director of 'Star Wars: Episode IX' announced as Colin Trevorrow ('Jurassic World').
Variety, Reuters

17 Aug 2015 - 12:20 PM  UPDATED 17 Aug 2015 - 12:36 PM

The cast image for Star Wars: Rogue One confirms the ensemble cast as Felicity Jones, Diego LunaBen Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed.

The Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One, has begun principal photography with Godzilla's Gareth Edwards directing. The standalone film tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy.

"Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the 'Star Wars' universe," said Kennedy in a statement. "It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. Gareth is such an innovative director, and I'm so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he's selected for Rogue One."

Star Wars: Rogue One opens in the US on December 16, 2016 and does not yet have an Australian release date.

Star Wars: Episode IX

Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow has been confirmed as the director of Star Wars: Episode IX.

Trevorrow shepherded Jurassic World to becoming the third highest-grossing movie ever, knocking Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron from that spot.

"Colin is someone I've been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed," Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement.

"The power of that film paired with the enormous success of Jurassic World speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled filmmaker."

Trevorrow added, "This is not a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople. We've been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we all had - a mythology to call their own. We will do this by channeling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope."

As previously announced, Rian Johnson is directing Star Wars: Episode VIII. Johnson is known for his work on Looper and The Brothers Bloom.

Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens will open in Australian cinemas on December 17, 2015.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for for release in Australia on May 25, 2017.

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