John Swartz, a distinguished graduate of the School of Media Arts & Studies (formerly the School of Telecommunication) holding bachelors and masters degrees from the school, was recently announced as a co-producer of the first Star Wars stand-alone movie. Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz).
The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in The Theory of Everything. Slated to begin filming this summer in London for initial release in December, 2016, the story was created by John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic.
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