Iger Doesn’t Think Rogue One Will Fare as Well as The Force Awakens

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Disney CEO Bob Iger

Disney CEO recently talked to stockholders about the upcoming Rogue One film.  He gave them his expectations for the film, and said that he doesn’t expect Star Wars: The Force Awakens numbers.

Iger stressed that “Rogue One,” which unfolds before the first “Star Wars,” is not expected to match the box office returns of “The Force Awakens.” That picture racked up nearly $2.1 billion globally to become the third-highest grossing film in history. “We never felt it would do the level that ‘Force Awakens’ did,” Iger said. But based on the response to the trailers and posters, he said “The level of interest [in ‘Rogue One’] is as high as it was for ‘Force Awakens.’”

Even better news from the meeting (and news that shouldn’t come as a surprise), Iger laid down the forecast for even more Star Wars films after what has already been mapped out through 2020.  The final film in that initial rollout is supposedly a standalone Boba Fett film, although that is just speculation at this point.

Disney chief Bob Iger said he just met with LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy to map out “Star Wars” movies from 2021 and beyond, signaling that the studio is plunging ahead with plans to keep developing the cinematic universe created by George Lucas.

In any case, it is truly an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan!  Leave your thoughts in the appropriate place below!

About Rogue One:

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.