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Disney reveals ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ poster and ‘Rogue One’ cast

It's a good day for 'Star Wars' fans.


Gabe Bergado

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Posted on Aug 15, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 3:54 am CDT

Disney announced a flurry of Star Wars news at the 2015 D23 Expo that will leave lovers of the franchise starry-eyed.

First off, the Star Wars universe will come alive, with both Disneyland and Walt Disney World getting Star Wars-themed lands. It’ll be the largest themed land expansion ever, with 14 acres of area each.

There’ll be a never-before-seen planet and remote trading port, and fans will also be able to sit behind the controls of the Millennium Falcon, one of the franchise’s most iconic vehicles.

The most comprehensive cast list for Rogue One was also revealed. Starring alongside previously announced actor Felicity Jones will be Diego Luna Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, and Riz Ahmed.

Rogue Onewhich centers around a group of resistance fighters who have banded together to steal plans to the Death Star, takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and is directed by Gareth Edwards. It’s slated for release on Dec. 16, 2016. The movie’s logo was also revealed.

The poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was also unveiled at D23. It comes from artist Drew Struzan, the man behind the most famous posters for the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies. Episode VII‘s Finn, Rey, Kylo Ren, and Han Solo can be seen on the poster, along with some lightsaber wielding.

Furthermore, it was announced Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow will be directing Episode IX, set to be released in 2019.

Photo via Star Wars

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*First Published: Aug 15, 2015, 6:28 pm CDT