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Rogue One
_ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY_, or simply _ROGUE ONE_, is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Chris Weitz
Chris Weitz
and Tony Gilroy, based on a story by John Knolland Gary Whitta. It was produced by Lucasfilm
Lucasfilm
and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures . It is the first installment of the _ Star Wars
Star Wars
_ _Anthology_ series , set immediately before the events of the original _Star Wars_ film . The cast includes Felicity Jones
Felicity Jones
, Diego Luna
Diego Luna
, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn
Ben Mendelsohn
, Donnie Yen
Donnie Yen
, Mads Mikkelsen , Alan Tudyk
Alan Tudyk
, Jiang Wenand Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
. _Rogue One_ follows a group of rebels on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star
Death Star
, the Galactic Empire 's superweapon. Based on an idea first pitched by Knoll ten years before it entered development, the film was made to be different in tone and style from the traditional _Star Wars_ films, including omitting the conventional opening crawl . Principal photography
Principal photography
on the film began at Elstree Studios near London during early August 2015 and wrapped in February 2016
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Gareth Edwards (director)
GARETH JAMES EDWARDS (born 13 July 1975) is an English film director, film producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, production designer, and visual effects artist. He first gained widespread recognition for Monsters (2010), an independent film in which he served as writer, director, cinematographer, and visual effects artist. He subsequently directed the 2014 reboot of Godzilla , and the epic space opera film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), the first in the Star Wars Anthology series. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Filmography * 3.1 Film * 3.2 Television series * 4 References * 5 External links EARLY LIFEEdwards was born on 13 July 1975 in Nuneaton , Warwickshire. He is of Welsh parentage. He attended Higham Lane School . Since childhood, he wanted to direct his own films, stating that "Star Wars is definitely the reason that I wanted to become a filmmaker". Edwards studied BA (Hons) Film & Video at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham , formerly the Surrey Institute of Art "> Edwards at the 2014 WonderCon . Edwards got his start in visual effects; creating digital effects for prestigious shows such as Nova , Perfect Disaster and Heroes and Villains , the latter of which a series for which he made 250 visual effects which won international recognition. In 2008 he entered the Sci-Fi-London 48-hour film challenge, where a movie had to be created start-to-finish in just two days, within certain criteria
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Kathleen Kennedy (producer)
KATHLEEN KENNEDY (born June 5, 1953) is an American film producer. In 1981, she co-founded Amblin Entertainment with Steven Spielberg and husband Frank Marshall . She was a producer on the 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and the Jurassic Park franchise , the first two of which became two of the top ten highest-grossing films of the 1990s . Kennedy is third only to Spielberg and Stan Lee in domestic box office receipts, with over $6 billion as of December 2015. On October 30, 2012, she became the president of Lucasfilm , and the brand manager of the Star Wars franchise, after The Walt Disney Company acquired the company for over $4 billion. It was then announced that the first project under her authority would be Episode VII of the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens , which was released on December 18, 2015, becoming the biggest domestic earner in North America. Overall, Kennedy's work has included over 60 films, 120 Academy Award nominations, and over $11 billion worldwide including three of the highest-grossing films in motion picture history. One of her most recent projects, Lincoln , also produced by Spielberg, was nominated for seven Golden Globes and twelve Academy Awards. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Film producer * 3 Filmography * 4 References * 5 External links EARLY LIFEKennedy was born in Berkeley, California , to Dione Marie "Dede" (née Dousseau), a one-time theater actress, and Donald R. Kennedy, a judge and attorney
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Chris Weitz
CHRISTOPHER JOHN "CHRIS" WEITZ (born November 30, 1969) is an American film producer , screenwriter , author , occasional actor , and film director . He is the brother of filmmaker Paul Weitz . He is best known for his work with his brother on the comedy films American Pie and About a Boy , the latter of which was Oscar-nominated for adapted screenplay. Weitz directed the film adaptation of the novel The Golden Compass and the film adaptation of New Moon from the series of Twilight books, as well wrote the screenplay for Disney's 2015 live-action adaptation of Cinderella and co-wrote Rogue One: A Star Wars Story alongside with Tony Gilroy . CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 2.1 Early career (1998–2006) * 2.2 The Golden Compass (2007) * 2.3 The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) * 2.4 Other projects * 2.5 Acting * 2.6 In development * 3 Author * 4 Personal life * 5 Filmography * 5.1 Films * 5.2 Television * 5.3 Documentaries * 5.4 As actor * 6 Controversy * 7 Works and publications * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 External links EARLY LIFEWeitz was born in New York City , the son of actress Susan Kohner and Berlin-born novelist/menswear designer John Weitz . His brother is filmmaker Paul Weitz . Weitz is the grandson of Czech -born agent and producer Paul Kohner and actress Lupita Tovar on his maternal side
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Tony Gilroy
ANTHONY JOSEPH "TONY" GILROY (born September 11, 1956) is an American screenwriter and filmmaker . He wrote the screenplays for the first four films of the _Bourne _ series starring Matt Damon , among other successful films, and directed the fourth film of the franchise . He was nominated for Academy Awards for his direction and script for _Michael Clayton _, starring George Clooney . Gilroy wrote and directed _Duplicity _, starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen , and co-wrote _Rogue One: A Star Wars Story _. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 2.1 Writing * 2.2 Directing * 3 Personal life * 4 Filmography * 5 References * 6 External links EARLY LIFEGilroy was born in Manhattan , New York , the son of Ruth Dorothy (née Gaydos), a sculptor and writer, and Frank D. Gilroy , an award-winning playwright, director, and movie producer, who received the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play _ The Subject Was Roses _ in 1965. He is the brother of screenwriter Dan Gilroy and editor John Gilroy . Through his father, he is of Italian , Irish and German descent. He has two children, Sam and Kathryn, and is married to Susan Gilroy. Gilroy was raised in Washingtonville, New York
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John Knoll
JOHN KNOLL (born October 6, 1962) is an American visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer (CCO) at Industrial Light ">'s pilot episode ("Encounter at Farpoint ") and the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Explorers ". Aside from his visual effects work, John Knoll helped pitch the story of Rogue One , an epic space opera part of the Star Wars anthology series. This earned him credits as writer and executive producer of the film
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Gary Whitta
GARY LESLIE WHITTA (born 21 July 1972) is an English screenwriter, author, game designer, and video game journalist . He is known as the former editor-in-chief of both the UK and US editions of _ PC Gamer _ magazine and contributor to gaming magazine _ACE _. Whitta was the screenwriter of _ The Book of Eli _ (2010), co-wrote _ After Earth _ (2013) with M. Night Shalyamanan, and co-developed the story for _ Rogue One _ (2016). CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 2.1 Magazine publishing * 2.2 Screenwriting * 2.3 Game development * 2.4 Comic books * 2.5 Podcasts * 3 Filmography * 4 References * 5 External links EARLY LIFEWhitta was born and raised in Poplar, London . CAREERWhitta began his career as a writer and games journalist for _ACE _ magazine. When _ACE_ closed down in 1992, he became deputy editor of _The One for Amiga Games _ and was involved with founding the original _PC Gamer_ magazine in the UK . He subsequently served as the editor of Total Football . A few years later, he moved to the United States to become editor-in-chief of the newer, US version, of _ PC Gamer _. He left the magazine in early 2000, but continued to write columns for the publication
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George Lucas
GEORGE WALTON LUCAS JR. (born May 14, 1944) is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur. He is best known as the creator of the _ Star Wars _ and _Indiana Jones _ franchises, as well as the founder of Lucasfilm and Industrial Light however, it was a surprise hit, becoming the highest-grossing film at the time , as well as a winner of six Academy Awards and a cultural phenomenon . Following the first _Star Wars_ film, Lucas produced and co-wrote the following installments in the trilogy, _ The Empire Strikes Back _ (1980) and _ Return of the Jedi _ (1983). Along with Steven Spielberg , Lucas co-created and wrote the _Indiana Jones_ films _ Raiders of the Lost Ark _ (1981), _Temple of Doom _ (1984), and _The Last Crusade _ (1989). Lucas also produced and wrote a variety of films through Lucasfilm in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1997, Lucas re-released the original _Star Wars_ trilogy as part of a Special Edition , where he made several alterations to the films; home media releases with further changes were released in 2004 and 2011. Lucas also returned to directing with the _Star Wars_ prequel trilogy , consisting of _The Phantom Menace _ (1999), _Attack of the Clones _ (2002), and _Revenge of the Sith _ (2005)
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Felicity Jones
FELICITY ROSE HADLEY JONES (born 17 October 1983) is an English actress. She started her professional acting career as a child, appearing at age 12 in _The Treasure Seekers _ (1996). Jones went on to play Ethel Hallow for one season in the television show _The Worst Witch _ and its sequel _ Weirdsister College _. She took time off from acting to attend university at Wadham College, Oxford where she performed in Shakespeare
Shakespeare
's _ The Comedy of Errors _ for the Oxford University Dramatic Society , and has worked steadily since graduating in 2006. On radio, she has played the role of Emma Grundy in the BBC 's _ The Archers _. In 2008, she appeared in the Donmar Warehouse production of _ The Chalk Garden _. Since 2006, Jones has appeared in numerous films, including _Northanger Abbey _ (2007), _Brideshead Revisited _ (2008), _Chéri _ (2009), and _The Tempest _ (2010). Her performance in the 2011 film _Like Crazy _ was met with critical acclaim, garnering her numerous awards, including a special jury prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival . In 2014, her performance as Jane Hawking in _The Theory of Everything _ also met with critical acclaim, garnering her nominations for the Golden Globe , SAG , BAFTA and Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress
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Diego Luna
DIEGO LUNA ALEXANDER (Spanish pronunciation: ; born 29 December 1979) is a Mexican actor, producer and director. After starring in telenovelas early in his career, he has appeared in many films, including Y tu mamá también , Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights , Rudo y Cursi and the Star Wars anthology film Rogue One . He also provided the Spanish language narration for the National Geographic Channel documentary Great Migrations . He is also one of the founders for Canana Films . CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 4 Filmography * 4.1 Film * 4.2 Television * 5 Awards * 6 References * 7 External links EARLY LIFELuna was born in Mexico City . His mother, Fiona Alexander was a British costume designer, who worked in the film industry and made sure that it was a life in which he would be immersed. Fiona died in a car accident when Luna was two years old. His father, Alejandro is an acclaimed theatre, film and opera set designer , who reinforced the importance of theatre and the arts in his life. When Luna was a child, Alejandro would bring him to the sets and mentor him in different aspects of art, cultivating a desire to become an actor and uphold the family tradition. CAREER Luna at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival . Luna starred in the telenovela El Abuelo y Yo (1992). In 1995, he played the troubled son in El premio mayor
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Ben Mendelsohn
PAUL BENJAMIN MENDELSOHN (born 3 April 1969) is an Australian actor, who first rose to prominence in Australia
Australia
for his role in _The Year My Voice Broke _ (1987) and internationally for his role in the crime drama _Animal Kingdom _ (2010). Since then he has had roles in films such as _ The Dark Knight Rises _ (2012), _ Starred Up _ (2013), _ Mississippi Grind _ (2015), and _Rogue One: A Star Wars
Star Wars
Story_ (2016). Mendelsohn starred in the Netflix series _Bloodline _ (2015–2017), for which he has won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series from two nominations, and received a Golden Globe nomination. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 4 Filmography * 4.1 Film * 4.2 Television * 4.3 Video games * 5 Discography * 5.1 Music videos * 6 References * 7 Further reading * 8 External links EARLY LIFEMendelsohn was born in Melbourne
Melbourne
, Victoria, the son of Carole Ann (née Ferguson) and Frederick Arthur Oscar Mendelsohn. His father is a prominent medical researcher who previously headed the Howard Florey Institute in Melbourne, where he maintains the status of Professor Emeritus
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Donnie Yen
DONNIE YEN (born 27 July 1963), also known as YEN CHI TAN (甄子丹), is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer, action choreographer, and multiple-time world wushu tournament champion. Yen is credited by many for contributing to the popularisation of the traditional martial arts style known as Wing Chun . He played Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man in the 2008 film _ Ip Man _, which was a box office success. This has led to an increase in the number of people taking up Wing Chun, leading to hundreds of new Wing Chun schools being opened up in mainland China and other parts of Asia. Ip Chun , the eldest son of Ip Man, even mentioned that he is grateful to Yen for making his family art popular and allowing his father's legacy to be remembered. Yen is considered to be one of Hong Kong's top action stars; director Peter Chan mentioned that he "is the 'it' action person right now" and "has built himself into a bona fide leading man, who happens to be an action star." Yen is widely credited for bringing mixed martial arts (MMA) into the mainstream of Chinese culture by choreographing MMA in many of his recent films
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Mads Mikkelsen
MADS DITTMANN MIKKELSEN (Danish pronunciation: ( listen ); born 22 November 1965) is a Danish actor. Originally a gymnast and dancer, he began his career as an actor in 1996. He rose to fame in Denmark as Tonny the drug dealer in the first two films of the Pusher film trilogy , and in his role as the brash yet sensitive policeman, Allan Fischer, in Peter Thorsboe's Danish television series Rejseholdet (Unit One) (2000–03). Mikkelsen became more widely known for his role as Tristan in Jerry Bruckheimer 's production King Arthur (2004), but achieved worldwide recognition for playing the main antagonist Le Chiffre in the twenty-first James Bond film, Casino Royale (2006). He has since become known for his roles as Igor Stravinsky in Jan Kounen 's French film Coco Chanel "> In 2003, Mikkelsen had a leading role as a man who leaves his wife and child in the short picture Nu. He starred opposite Kaas in The Green Butchers , playing an orphaned butcher's assistant in a small provincial Danish town, where human meat is a specialty. He won the Fantasporto Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the butcher. Later in 2003, he starred in Pablo Berger 's Spanish film Torremolinos 73 , about an exasperated encyclopedia salesman who exports pornographic films to Scandinavian countries under the pretense of being an audiovisual encyclopedia of human reproduction . Although a critical success in Spain, the film was poorly received in Scandinavian countries
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Alan Tudyk
ALAN WRAY TUDYK (/ˈtuːdɪk/ TOO-dik ; born March 16, 1971) is an American actor and voice actor known for his roles as Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the space western television series Firefly and movie Serenity , Alpha in the science fiction TV series Dollhouse , Tucker McGee in Tucker "> Tudyk at the 2005 Serenity Flanvention FILMIn 2000, Tudyk played Gerhardt, a gay German drug addict, alongside Sandra Bullock and Viggo Mortensen in 28 Days . He played Wat in 2001's A Knight\'s Tale , Steve the Pirate in the 2004 comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and the emotional robot Sonny in I, Robot . In 2005, he reprised his role as the playful, easy-going Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the film Serenity , derived from the cult television series Firefly by Joss Whedon . In 2007, Tudyk had a supporting role as a strong-willed doctor in the western film 3:10 to Yuma alongside Christian Bale and Russell Crowe along with a brief but memorable role in the film Knocked Up and a highly physical comedic performance in the British film Death at a Funeral . Tudyk starred as Tucker in the indie horror comedy Tucker & Dale vs Evil . He also appears in Transformers: Dark of the Moon as Dutch. In Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked , he voiced Simone (a reckless French accent speaking Chipmunk, the result after Simon was bitten by a spider). In 2012, Tudyk appeared in Timur Bekmambetov 's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter , in the role of Stephen A. Douglas
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Jiang Wen
JIANG WEN (born 5 January 1963) is a Chinese film actor, screenwriter, and director. As a director, he is sometimes grouped with the "Sixth Generation" that emerged in the 1990s. Jiang is also well known internationally as an actor, having starred with Gong Li in Zhang Yimou 's debut film Red Sorghum (1986), and more recently as Baze Malbus in the Star Wars anthology film Rogue One (2016). He is the older brother of fellow actor Jiang Wu . CONTENTS * 1 Career * 2 Personal life * 2.1 Family * 2.2 Relationship * 3 Filmography * 3.1 Film * 3.2 Television * 4 References * 5 External links CAREERBorn in Tangshan , Hebei , in a family of military personnel, Jiang relocated to Beijing at the age of ten. In 1980, he entered China's foremost acting school, the Central Academy of Drama , graduating in 1984. That same year, he started acting both on the stage (with the China Youth Theater) and in films. After appearing in many television series and films, Jiang became known in China for his role in the 1992 television series A Native of Beijing in New York, based on the novel Beijinger in New York , which made him one of the most popular actors of his generation. In addition to these he also starred in Hibiscus Town (1984), Black Snow (1990), The Emperor\'s Shadow (1996) and The Soong Sisters (1997). Apart from Red Sorghum , Jiang also collaborated with Zhang Yimou for the 1997 film Keep Cool
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Forest Whitaker
FOREST STEVEN WHITAKER III (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director. Whitaker has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as _Bird _, _Platoon _, _Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai _, and _ The Butler _, and for his work in independent films and for his recurring role as LAPD Internal Affairs Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh on the Emmy Award -winning television series _ The Shield _. For his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin
Idi Amin
in the 2006 film _The Last King of Scotland _, Whitaker won the Academy Award , British Academy Film Award , Golden Globe Award , National Board of Review Award , Screen Actors Guild Award , and various critics groups awards. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 2.1 Film work * 2.2 Television work * 2.3 Theatre * 2.4 Producing and directing * 2.5 JuntoBox Films * 3 Honors * 4 Personal life * 5 Activism * 5.1 Charity work * 5.2 Politics * 6 Filmography * 6.1 Film * 6.2 Television * 7 References * 8 External links EARLY LIFEWhitaker was born in Longview, Texas , the son of Laura Francis (_née_ Smith), a special education teacher who put herself through college and earned two master\'s degrees while raising her children, and Forest Steven Jr., an insurance salesman
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