Star Wars Rogue Squadron FIRST LOOK: Green screens and spaceships are assembled for a new space adventure as work begins on a construction site far, far away in Essex
On Wednesday, work continued on a construction site far, far away, as a not-so-futuristic set was methodically put together for the next installment in the Star Wars franchise.
Tucked away in a safe location in Essex, a large production team has prepared the green screens on which the film’s CGI-generated fight scenes will be played when spin-off Rogue Squadron is widely released.
Offering a telling insight into what to expect from the new film – slated to launch on Christmas Day 2023 – a series of battle-weary spacecraft were built around its sprawling perimeter.
The power is strong in this one: work continued on a construction site far, far away on Wednesday as a not-so-futuristic set was methodically put together for the next installment in the Star Wars franchise
Patty Jenkins was revealed as director in December 2020, becoming the first woman to direct a Star Wars movie in the franchise’s 44-year history.
Rogue Squadron will focus on the X-Wing Resistance fighter pilots who occupy a prominent place in the franchise, with Jenkins admitting that she was eager to develop their story after growing up in an Air Force family.
During a presentation on Disney’s earnings, she said, “I like to be fast, and any kind. I think that’s because I grew up the daughter of a great fighter pilot.
Hard at work: Tucked away in a safe Essex location, a large production team prepared the green screens on which the film’s CGI-generated fight scenes will be played when spin-off Rogue Squadron is widely released
Looks Good: Provides a telltale insight into what to expect from the new film – slated for Christmas Day 2023 launch – a series of battle-weary spacecraft built around its sprawling perimeter
And every day I would wake up and go out and look up and see my dad and his squadron taking off in their F-4s, buzzing through the sky. And it was still the most exciting thing in my entire life. ‘
Jenkins’ father William T Jenkins was an Air Force captain who earned a Silver Star in the Vietnam War and died in a NATO mock battle when she was seven years old.
She continued: “So when he lost his life in the service of this country, it sparked a desire in me to turn all that tragedy and excitement into one day to make the greatest fighter pilot movie of all time. But no matter how I tried, and look the way I did, I could never find the right story.
‘I kept looking and searching, but I just couldn’t find the right one … until now. Now I’ve found a movie about two things I love. So I’ll see you very soon. ‘