Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has already breezed into theaters and into our hearts. Billed as the first Star Wars standalone movie in a series of anthology films, Rogue One was always supposed to be a one-off. But, in a world where a Hollywood movie is only as valuable as its sequel potential, it's not unsurprising that some people still want to know: when will Rogue 2 come out? Now, if you're one of those people, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Rogue 2 already came out in theaters...about 40-odd years ago.
As you might have guessed, the sequel to Rogue One isn't Rogue 2, but Episode IV — A New Hope. There are no plans for a Rogue One sequel, as confirmed by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And, even if there were — spoiler alert — any Rogue One sequel would likely be a prequel or character spinoff seeing as how everyone dies in the end.
And as much as we would all love a Baze/Chirrut romance-adventure prequel to Rogue One, even the most greedy Star Wars fan can agree that some things are just better left alone. Still, if you're yearning for a Rogue One sequel, then allow me to introduce you to Twitter, where all the best Rogue Two jokes and premises are available for your enjoyment. Many people in the Twitterverse kicked off the Rogue Two speculation with one very basic question: what would a sequel to Rogue One even be called?
Is the Rogue One sequel called Rogue Two— Martha Sorren (@marthasorren) December 20, 2016
Rogue One 2: Rogue Two— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) December 13, 2016
There were pop culture jokes...
Rogue One— th(omas)iccmas (@Barknado69) December 17, 2016
Rogue Two: One More Rogue
Rogue Three and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Rogue Four: the Fellowship of the Rogues
Rogue One: we can have lots of fun | Rogue Two: there's so much we can do |— Nivell Rayda (@nivellism) December 1, 2016
And imagined crossovers...
Rogue One, Rogue Two, Rogue Three pic.twitter.com/yUpVgEOk3R— Gabe Bergado (@gabebergado) December 13, 2016
Basically, things got pretty meta.
Idea for a film. ROGUE TWO: a ragtag band of misfits must break info Lucasfilm to steal the original theatrical versions for Blu-ray release— Rick Burin (@rickburin) December 20, 2016
And, finally, many Star Wars fans called for justice for the Bothans, a species described as having suffered major loses while helping the Rebels destroy the Death Star and steal plans for Death Star II in the original trilogy.
I keep seeing headlines about a Rogue One sequel, but wouldn't Rogue Two just be a bunch of Bothans on fire?— Jody Houser (@Jody_Houser) December 8, 2016
Rogue Two: A Many Bothans Story— Chris Taylor (@FutureBoy) December 20, 2016
I am highly anticipating the upcoming standalone Star Wars film Rogue Two: So THAT'S What Bothans Are.— Baes of Holly (@JobModeSD) December 19, 2016
We may never know what a Rogue One sequel would look like — at least, not one made in the 21st century. But, if you're desperate enough, something tells me there are some Star Wars fans out there willing to create their own. And, yes, Bothans will be involved.