While die-hard Star Wars fans have spent the last few hours celebrating and speculating about Rogue One - the recently titled Gareth Edwards-directed spin-off movie coming in 2016 – there are understandably a lot of people still left in the dark. After all, unless a person knows exactly how Rogue One is defined within in the context of the legendary sci-fi franchise, the new title is completely meaningless. It’s those individuals who we are here to help.

In general terms, Rogue One is the leader of Rogue Squadron, a unit of pilots fighting with the Rebel Alliance against the evil Galactic Empire. But when did this group form? Who are the members? Where have we seen them before? All of these questions and more will be answered below!

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Rogue Squadron Was Formed Right After The Battle Of Yavin
It’s not entirely clear at this point exactly where Rogue One is going to be set on the expansive Star Wars timeline, but we do know one thing: there’s a possibility that it could be set in the aftermath of the first Death Star’s obliteration as seen in Star Wars: A New Hope. It was after this decisive victory – which has been dubbed The Battle Of Yavin - that Rogue Squadron was formed, primarily out of the Red Squadron group of X-Wing pilots that wound up blowing up the Empire’s planet-destroying starship. Of course, it wasn’t just the cross-winged vehicles that wound up being utilized by the newly formed unit…

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