Over the weekend at the D23 Expo, Disney and Lucasfilm finally confirmed the previous rumours that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow would be directing Star Wars: Episode IX. However, the thing that really had fans excited was the first cast photo from Rogue One, the first in the upcoming Star Wars Anthology series (now apparently called Star Wars Stories). The movie takes place just before Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and follows a team of Rebels as they attempt to steal plans for the Death Star.
The recently revealed primary cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendehlson, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen. Producer Kathleen Kennedy said that the movie “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.” Rogue One is being directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and will hit theatres on Dec. 16, 2016; check out the first photo after the jump and see what you think.