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I have watched only one Star Wars movie, which is The Force Awakens.

I want to watch Rogue One but having no idea about the previous SIX movies, I have no idea what to expect from the movie.

Do the events take place after The Force Awakens or before it?

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This movie takes place right before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.

In Rogue One, they steal the plans of Death Star and give it to Princess Leia. That is where this movie ends and this event leads to the beginning of A New Hope.

The Force Awakens takes place after the events of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi which is the successor of Episode V: Empire Strikes Back. Episode V is the successor of A New Hope.

For more details, you can see this related question.

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    I confused Force Awakens with Force Unleashed* (which would have been a more interesting question, since it takes place between Episode III and IV) and this answer confused the hell out of me before realizing. – Ghoti and Chips Dec 26 '16 at 9:51

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