At Star Wars Celebration Anaheim on Sunday, Lucasfilm brought the newest member of the directorial family, Gareth Edwards (Rogue One), to talk about joining the Star Wars universe. Josh Trank, scheduled to be on the panel, wasn't able to make it.
Pablo Hidalgo of the Story Group introduced Kathleen Kennedy and Kiri Hart, head of Story Group, who announced that the stand-alone films will be officially referred to as "Star Wars Anthology Films."
Gareth Edwards joined the panel after, the director of the first Anthology Film, Rogue One. He admitted to crying during the trailer reveal for The Force Awakens, and Hidalgo joked with him about fans in the arena seeing footage, despite the fact they don't film until this summer.
A teaser ran, December 2016. Obi-Wan Kenobi's voiceover, as portrayed by Sir Alec Guinnes, ran over the trailer. "For more than a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the old republic." "Before the dark times." A forested planet is seen, and a TIE fighter flies by, and in the background, the Death Star is there. Loud, scared chatter over a com, and the logo: Rogue One: Star Wars Anthology.
The first official summary of the movie was next. "A rogue band of resistance fighters unite for a mission to steal the Death Star plans and bring a new hope to the galaxy." Edwards confirmed that it takes place after Episode III, before Episode IV, and "closer to Episode IV."
The director went on to say that the film will not feature Jedi - their absence is part of the storytelling, and that the idea of a regular group of people without magical powers trying to better their world is what's interesting.