Rogue One was supposed to be the Star Wars film that would have no sequel, but just months after the film’s release an official follow-up has been unveiled.
The sequel will take the form of a novel, entitled Inferno Squad, from official Star Wars author Christie Golden and is due to hit shelves on July 25.
This development directly contradicts the comments of Lucasfilm head honcho Kathleen Kennedy, who previously went to great lengths to stress that there would be no second outing for the Rogue One gang.
Kennedy previously confirmed to Empire, in a story picked up by Slashfilm, that there would be no sequel to Rogue One.
However, as the is now reporting, a follow-up of sorts will happen via Inferno Squad, which is set immediately after the events of Rogue One and just ahead of A New Hope.
The book will chronicle the efforts of an elite squad of Imperial troops and their mission following what went down in Rogue One.
The official blurb, according to StarWars.com, reads as follows:
“The Rebellion may have heroes like Jyn Erso and Luke Skywalker. But the Empire has Inferno Squad. After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the resulting destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. In response to this stunning defeat, the Imperial Navy has authorized the formation of an elite team of soldiers, known as Inferno Squad. Their mission: infiltrate and eliminate the remnants of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans. Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire — no matter what the cost. Now, Inferno Squad must prove their status as the best of the best and take down the Partisans from within. But as the danger intensifies and the threat of discovery grows, how far will Inferno Squad go to ensure the safety of the Empire?”
Of course, SPOILER ALERT, anyone who saw Rogue One already will know full well that a sequel to the film was always unlikely.
But, as the release of the new book demonstrates, it’s probably worth never saying never to these sorts of things in the future.
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