Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still heating up the box office and before the year is over, we will once again be transported to a galaxy far, far away. During the opening crawl to the original Star Wars film, we learn that a crew of Rebel spies have stolen the plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the Death Star, an armored space station with enough power to destroy a planet. The Death Star plans are given to Princess Leia, and as we see in the film, she is kidnapped and interrogated by Darth Vader concerning the whereabouts of the plans.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will tell the journey of the band of Rebel spies who stole the plans to the Death Star, leading up to the events of the original trilogy. This film is described as being a war film that will focus in more detail on the conflict between the Rebels and the evil Galactic Empire. This is a time when the Jedi and the Force are thought to be nothing but myths and legend, and Darth Vader and the Emperor are mysterious figures lurking on the background preparing to rule the Galaxy.
The film's director Gareth Edwards has said the following about the concept of the story:
“It’s set in an era where there are no Jedi, or they’re all but extinct. It’s about the fact that God’s not coming to save us. We’re on our own – and we have to do this ourselves and turn things around. The absence of the Jedi is omnipresent – it hangs over the whole movie – and it comes down to a group of individuals that don’t have magical powers but have to somehow bring hope to the galaxy.”