Updated: Star Wars: Rogue One – release date, trailers and news

Update: A new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Celebration Trailer made its debut at Europe’s Star Wars celebration this morning. It shows a bit more of the main characters, Jyn Erso, Captain Cassian Andor and Chirrut. We also know that Darth Vader will play a role in the film thanks to another brief teaser shown off at the convention.

Spoilers: Beware that some minor spoilers for Rogue One are present below. If you want to go into the movie completely blind then proceed at your own risk.

Star Wars: Rogue One is the next movie to hit our screens from a long time ago and a galaxy far, far away. Its full title is actually Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but that’s so lame it makes Tiny Tim look like a varsity athlete.

It’s the first live action movie to depart from the traditional episodic nature of the rest of the Star Wars movies, and an almost complete departure from the fan-favourite characters the rest of the films follow.

What’s interesting about these Star Wars ‘anthology’ movies is that they will be standalone counterpoints between the episodic releases of the main story, and won’t really be set around the Jedi or the struggle between the light and dark sides of the Force – or, if it is, that will take a backseat to totally new characters and struggles.

Rogue One in particular is being talked about in shades of grey, with a darker, grittier tone than we might have seen from any Star Wars property before.

Rogue One is also going to be set out of chronological order, potentially confusing a whole bunch of folk expecting to see the sequel to The Force Awakens, and will pre-date the very first Star Wars movie, A New Hope.

The first trailer for the film dropped on Thursday, April 7, and showed Rebel leader Mon Mothma (the woman who planned the attack on the Death Star) giving orders to a new character, Jyn Erso, who we now know will be the hero of Rogue One.

More recently, LucasFilm has released a “Celebration Trailer” for Europe’s Star Wars Day to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming film.