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Happy 'Rogue One' Day

Today is the 15th of December, and that means one thing, Rogue One releases today (tonight, whatever). We couldn't be more excited here at Cheezburger, it's a cause for a good old Ewok celebration.

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The first in what will probably be a long line of Disney's Star Wars spinoff films has a title: Star Wars: Rogue One

There's no official word on what the film is about, but based on that title, it's got to be about starfighters in the Rebel Alliance or New Republic (depending on when it's set).  Personally, I'm hoping it's Top Gun in space.

Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Theory of Everything) has been cast in the film, which is being directed by Gareth Edwards (2014's Godzilla), and Written by Chris Weirz (Antz, The Golden Compass).  The film is set to be released on December 16, 2016.

Meanwhile, Rian Johnson (Looper) has been confirmed as the writer and director of Star Wars: Episode VIII, which will premiere on May 26, 2017.

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The ghost of a prequel past is rumored to be haunting Star Wars: VIII and Rogue One.

Take this all with a grain of salt, but apparently Darth Vader himself may be returning to a galaxy far, far away. According to fan site Making Star Wars, a fully functioning Darth Vader helmet and chest piece have been spotted in the props department, and a team of undisclosed professionals are headed to the UK to train Christensen for an appearance in at least one upcoming Star Wars film.

These rumors are pretty flimsy as of now, but it's entirely possible that Christensen could be involved in a flashback scene or a shot of Vader with his helmet off in Rogue One, which takes place between episodes III and IV. There's also a possibility that the film could introduce the dark clone of Anakin Skywalker, but let's not count our midi-chlorians before they hatch.

Would anyone you be excited to see Anakin Skywalker back in Star Wars?