Will there be a Star Wars: Rogue One sequel?

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to be released next month

Star Wars spin-off film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which stars Felicity Jones as mercenary Jyn Erso, opens in the UK on December 15.

A short ‘TV spot’ teaser for the film was released earlier this week to mark tickets for the movie going on sale.

There’s been speculation as to whether the spin-off will receive a sequel and now director Gareth Edwards has confirmed that there will not be another film in the near future.

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Speaking to Empire, the director joked that “[a] sequel will be directed by George Lucas,” referring to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story being a direct prequel to Lucas’s Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.

The filmmaker recently explained that Rogue One won’t have Star Wars’ traditional opening crawl because the whole movie is basically A New Hope’s own opening text.

“That text you see at the beginning of A New Hope, that is essentially our movie,” Edwards has teased.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first in Disney’s planned “Anthology Series” of spin-off films. The series will continue with the currently untitled Han Solo prequel movie due in 2018.

It was announced in July that rising star Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as a younger version of the character made famous by Harrison Ford. A third Anthology Series film will follow in 2020, Disney has since confirmed.

In May, it was reported that Disney had ordered weeks of costly reshoots on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “the goal of the reshoots will be to lighten the mood” as right now Rogue One has the “feel of a war movie”.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story also stars Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna. It has been confirmed that the film will end 10 minutes before the original 1977 movie Star Wars: A New Hope begins.