Chris Pine Knows the Plot of Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron
In a recent interview, Chris Pine told Collider that his Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins revealed the plot of her upcoming Star Wars film, Rogue Squadron, and the actor thought it was “really great.”
“I had spoken to her about, not my involvement, but the story. She talked to me about it,” he said. “It sounds really, really great. But I’m ecstatic for her, excited for what she’s about to embark on. If there’s anyone that can reimagine and breathe fresh, new life into it, it’s her.”
While not much is known about Rogue Squadron, which will serve as the next big-screen Star Wars feature, Jenkins did tell Lucasfilm that she’s excited to take the helm, explaining: “It’s been a lifelong dream as a filmmaker to one day make a great fighter pilot film. As the daughter of a great fighter pilot myself, some of the best memories of my life are of seeing my father’s squadron take off in their F4s every morning, and hearing and feeling the awe-inspiring power and grace. When he passed away in service to this country it ignited a burning desire to one day channel all of those emotions into one great film. When the perfect story arrived in combination with another true love of mine, the incomparable world of ‘Star Wars,’ I knew I’d finally found my next film. I’m extremely honored and excited to take it on, and grateful to Lucasfilm, Disney, and the fans for extending that thrill to me.”
Rogue Squadron will be the next Star Wars film to be released and will also mark the first feature film in the long-running franchise to be directed by a woman. The story will introduce a new generation of starfighter pilots as they earn their wings and risk their lives in a boundary-pushing, high-speed thrill-ride, and move the saga into the future era of the galaxy.
The Star Wars video game series had first made its launch on December 7, 1998, with Rogue Squadron where it was set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. It was then followed by three game sequels: Rogue Leader, Rebel Strike, and Episode I: Battle for Naboo. However, before the video game had debuted, the X-Wing: Rogue Squadron novel was first published in 1996 which was the first installment in author Michael A. Stackpole’s X-Wing novel series.
Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron is currently set for a December 22, 2023, theatrical release.
Star Wars continues to create more opportunities for women. Along with Jenkins, Victoria Mahoney served as a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, Deborah Chow directed an episode of The Mandalorian and is currently steering the highly anticipated limited series Obi-Wan Kenobi for Disney+. Bryce Dallas Howard also directed two well-received episodes of The Mandalorian, including the third episode of the second season, titled “The Heiress.”