Directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and written by Chris Weitz (About A Boy) from a story idea by ILM’s head visual effects supervisor John Knoll.
“Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga,” is how it is described on Star Wars.com.
Virtually nothing is known about the film, though those rampant online rumors set the scene shortly before Episode IV and chronicles the plight of Bounty Hunters going after the plans of the first Death Star. However the official title is in all likelihood a reference to the Rebel Alliance squadrons, which used the Rogue call sign.
The trades previously reported that Best Actress Oscar Nominee Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) had secured a major role in the film, but Disney made it official today.
Shooting begins this summer in London with a December 16th, 2016 release date. That looks to slot stand alone films for December, and core Star Wars films back to May starting with Episode VIII.
SOURCE: Star Wars.com