It seems as though “Rogue One” will truly be a standalone film. According to Empire Magazine, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced that no matter how well “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” performs at the box office, there will be no sequel to this particular anthology film.
According to a statement from Fandango, the ticket sales site sold hundreds of thousands of tickets within minutes of going live, and users started to experience time-outs and other issues as the website was inundated with requests for tickets. Nevertheless, box office performance will not persuade the Lucasfilm executives to bring on a sequel.
Lucasfilm’s chief creative officer John Knoll and director Gareth Edwards joined Kennedy in saying that there would be no “Rogue Two.” Edwards joked that any sequels to the movie would be directed by George Lucas, referencing the fact that “Rogue One” is a prequel to “Star Wars: A New Hope.”
“Rogue One” tells the story of a small team of rebel spies led by Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso, who attempts to steal the plans for the first Death Star. Many fans have speculated that the film characters won’t survive the epic war between the Empire and Rebellion to see the fruits of their labors, and Kennedy’s statement seems to embolden those theories.
The film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens December 16.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
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