When the seventh episode of the Star Wars trilogy came out, it left a 10 year time gap since the previous episode, Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. But now, one year later, the filmmakers and directors have introduced something new to the trilogy. Instead of making the eighth episode directly afterwards, they are making a Star Wars Story before they make Episode VIII. Rogue One is meant to be a self-contained movie and a prequel to Episode IV ‘A New Hope.’ Which, if your not familiar with how the Star Wars Trilogy goes, the first movie was Episode IV, the second was Episode V, and the third was Episode VI. But they went back and did a prequel to the original three. The trilogy is in order from episode number but not by the date it was made. Rogue One splits the trilogy in half and you can think of it as Episode III.5. In order, it goes Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Rogue One, Episode VI, Episode V, Episode VI, Episode VII, the upcoming Episode VIII in 2017, Then Episode IX in 2019.
George Lucas never meant to have a continuation of the six but after a new LucasFlim president and after Disney bought LucasFilm for $4 billion, Disney wanted to make the trilogy great again.
The film is expected to open to more than $130 million. The first time you probably saw the trailer was during the Super Bowl 50, right? It surprised a lot of people. They just made Episode Seven and they’re already coming out with another one! When i saw it, I was expecting for it to say Episode Eight but instead it said Star Wars Story. Even though Rogue one looks like it’s going to be a good movie, there has been confirmation from the LucasFilm President, Kathleen Kennedy, that there will not be a sequel to Rogue one or a “Rogue Two.” And the director, Gareth Edwards said, “if there were to be a second installment for Rogue One, that sequel will be directed by George Lucas.”
The whole story behind Rogue one is basically a group of “unlikely heroes” band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. Which is the basic skeleton of a lot of movies where a “nobody” and their friends save the world.