When is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story set in the Star Wars timeline?


 In case you were wondering, here’s where Rogue One: A Star Wars Story fits into the Star Wars cinematic timeline…

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters in just a couple of days, and since the critics have seen the film, many questions on the overall theme and outline of the film are beginning to be answered. However, there is one question that was answered a long time ago in a galaxy not far away at all: Where does Rogue One fit into the Star Wars timeline?

We’ve known since the announcement that Rogue One was the first Star Wars standalone film coming this December, exactly where the film would fit into the Star Wars timeline. In fact, in that regard, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story could be considered a prequel to  A New Hope.

Taking place roughly 15 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, Rogue One‘s story will carry it right into A New Hope. There are all sorts of Prequel Trilogy era characters making appearances in Rogue One, and Original Trilogy characters will appear as they did around the time of A New Hope.

Here’s a fantastic video explanation of the Star Wars timeline and where Rogue One fits into it all from USA Today:

There you have it. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes place after Revenge of the Sith but before A New Hope, making it both a sequel and a prequel. However, because it is a Star Wars standalone film (meaning it doesn’t take place in the main saga storyline), Rogue One can also be classified as neither.

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Are you confused even more? Sorry, at least you know where the movie fits in regards to the other Star Wars films. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters worldwide on December 16.