Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, to use the full official title, is the first of the Star Wars spin off movies, which Disney announced they would produce after they bought Lucas Film. They will run along side the new Episodic movies (like Episode 7 last year) and will give us a little present each Christmas before each episodic movie is released the following year.
Rogue One (set for release in the UK on December 15th) is the first of the spin off's, there will be a Han Solo one in 2018, then there is expected to be one about Boba Fett, the bounty hunter we see in the original trilogy, in 2020. In between all of this Episode 8 is out in 2017, and Episode 9 is set for release in 2019. It's going to get confusing for the non-crazy fans out there...
That's because Rogue One is a sequel, whilst at the same time being a prequel! It's set between the Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith prequel and Episode 4: A New Hope, the first Star Wars film, so technically a prequel and a sequel. Here's an easy guide, which will hopefully diminish any confusion:
Essentially Rogue One is about the group of Rebels who steal the plans for the original Death Star (SPOILER ALERT: which gets blown up by Luke Skywalker and co in Episode 4). You know the plans Leia puts into R2D2 at the start of A New Hope. And you know what that means! That's right - Darth Vader, the coolest villain of them all will be in this thing. We haven't seen much of Vader from the trailers but that just makes the excitement even better, I absolutely cannot wait.
Speaking of villains, there is a new Star Wars villain to look forward to - Director Orson Krennic, played by Ben Mendelsohn who looks absolutely awesome in the trailers. Take a look...
Rogue One is released in the UK on December 15th, then in the US the day after on December 16th.
Fun fact: it's actually out in countries such as France and Finland on the 14th, I am a big fan of the franchise but no I'm not flying out to any of these countries to see it a day early. Some, I am sure, will!