Two rumors regarding the future of the “Star Wars” franchise have been shot down today by people involved in the productions.
First up, speculation has been going around online recently that despite the setting for this year’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” pre-dating those of ‘A New Hope,’ ‘Rogue’ will also including connections to the current trilogy that began with ‘Force Awakens’.
Specifically there’s been suggestion that the origins of the villain Supreme Leader Snoke will be addressed here in some fashion. Unfortunately, Lucasfilm creative executive Pablo Hidalgo has shot down that fan theory, saying in a tweet:
“Snoke is not in Rogue One. Like, in any way, shape or form. This is a standalone movie.”
Another bit of talk has been about a possible Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off film, one that would get Ewan McGregor back in the role with a story set between the original and prequel trilogies. McGregor himself seems very open to the idea in a new interview with Collider, but also indicates nothing of the kind is in the work at the moment:
“If they asked me to, I would be happy to. But it looks like I am campaigning for it, just because I get asked about it, all the time. So, I would like it to be known that I don’t bring it up, at these interviews, of my own free will. I only respond to questions I’m asked to. I don’t know anything about it. They’ve never approached me about it.”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens this December followed by “Star Wars: Episode VIII” in late 2017.