Garreth Edwards Confirms No Crawl Before ‘Rogue One’; Hints at Princess Leia, R2-D2 and Lightsabers

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Garreth Edwards is currently in France making the rounds on his press tour for the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Since confirmation from President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy doesn’t seem to be enough, the director reiterated Kennedy’s confirmation that the film would not feature the Star Wars signature opening crawl when asked about the film’s opening:

“There is no opening crawl. But there is a prologue at the beginning of the film that takes place 15 years before the action of the film and that is how the action is exposed. Our film comes from the text of Episode IV if we give the text, it would be endless. We really had to differentiate Rogue One from the rest of the saga.”

The absence of Jedi has been a major talking point for Rogue One. But no Jedi doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t see a lightsaber used in the film considering Darth Vader will be overseeing Krennic and the completion of the Death Star. When asked about the possibility of seeing a lightsaber, Edwards simply responded with “Darth Vader has one”. Based on his comment which feels like an intentional tease planted for the interview, it seems likely we will see Vader cut at least one character down with his red blade in Rogue One.

But that’s not all. Edwards was also asked if we would see Princess Leia and R2-D2 to which the director refused to comment, offering a polite “I cannot answer” response. As we already know, Rogue One will end just minutes before the beginning of the original classic Star Wars. Considering Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) had received the Death Star plans from her father, Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits), just before she hid them inside of R2-D2, there’s a good chance we’ll see the exchange between Leia and her father at the tail end of Rogue One. But I wouldn’t get your hopes up as far as actually seeing her face. In the beginning of Star Wars, George Lucas intentionally hid Princess Leia’s face until after she hid the Death Star plans. Personally, I would like to see Edwards respect that and carry the mystery of Leia’s face through up until the moment Lucas originally revealed it.

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Garreth Edwards Talks ‘Rogue One’; Reveals New Planet Name

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This week on the Star Wars show, Andi Gutierrez interviews Garreth Edwards, the director of the upcoming Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While discussing the toughest day on the massive set of the blockbuster, Edwards revealed the name of a new planet from which we have only seen behind the scenes glimpses of from the sizzle reel released at this past year’s celebration:

“It was on a planet called Eadu. There was a lot of rain. And there’s something psychological that you forget. I mean rain looks really good on camera but you forget how tiring it is for the crew and the actors to be drenched all day long. And we all bought these really expensive suits that kept you one hundred percent dry but as soon as there’s one little crack in it because you’ve got ten hours of rain, it just finds its way down and eventually you’re covered like you swam in a lake.”

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This marks the fourth new planet in Rogue One in addition to Jedha, Scarif, and Lah’mu. The current description for Eadu on Wookiepeida currently reads:

Eadu was a storm-stricken world in the galaxy. A battle took place on Eadu during the Galactic Civil War between the Alliance to Restore the Republic and Galactic Empire.

But the planets aren’t the only new addition to the Star Wars Galaxy. Along with a slew of new ships and characters, Rogue One also introduces a much more immersive visual language into the franchise. But even though the digitally shot film puts you in the middle of the action from a handheld perspective, Edwards looked back to a set of classic anamorphic lenses to capture the story with:

“The actual lenses we had were the original lenses they shot Ben-Hur on, the original Ben-Hur, and so these like beautiful anamorphic, very like organic feel because we didn’t want it to feel digital. As a result, you get like, this beautiful depth of field where everything is out of focus but it’s a nightmare for the focus puller and so you have to try and warn him what you’re going to do. But there’s these intimate scenes going on inside the ship so you can’t talk. And they put a microphone next to my mouth and there’s duct tape somewhere so I could just whisper like ‘close’, and then like ‘far’, close’, ‘far’. But I’d have to really whisper it and I didn’t realize what I looked like but the AD just kept cracking up.”

Edwards went even further discussing the visual style of Rogue One:

In Rogue One we ended up mixing and matching styles. Sometimes you go from very grounded, like in the trenches photography of a battle to something like these epic beautiful shots and that contrast really worked well. I think to some extent if a year and a half ago we had sat there and gone ‘Okay let’s storyboard the whole movie, this is exactly what we’re going to do. Let’s go get that.’ I don’t think it would have been as good of a film as what did happen which was: this is the foundation — the plan — but whenever we get a better idea from experience we’ll change it and we’ll keep trying, keep doing stuff. And I think that’s paid off. To be able to leave your ego at the door and just let the film speak to you and tell you what it wants to be.”

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Given that this a direct prequel to the original Star Wars, I was a little turned off by the fact that Rogue One was being shot digitally. Digital offers a crisper, colder picture so I was a bit worried things wouldn’t quite match up with the original Star Wars. But I feel a bit better knowing that Edwards sought out some classic lenses to capture the story on, however. I still think they should lay some 70’s film grain over Rogue to give it that classic, magical quality Star Wars has.

To check out the full interview including what easter egg’s from Edwards’ previous films made it into Rogue One click on the video below! The interview begins at the 3:41-minute mark.

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‘Rogue One’ Featurette Reveals New Footage

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now less than one month away from hitting theaters worldwide. The marketing campaign is in full effect ramping of to the films release and us Star Wars fans are gobbling up every bit of it that we can. Today Lucasfilm has released an all new featurette which reveals never before seen footage from the upcoming film including glimpses of Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, and K-2SO infiltrating the Imperial construction facility on Scariff. In addition, the featurette also includes a quick shot from over the shoulder of Bistan as he fires from inside the U-wing on the legs of an AT-ACT.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

Produced by Lucasfilm, the film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk,  Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker with a script penned by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, directed by Garreth Edwards.

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. In theaters December 2016.

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Alan Tudyk Talks K-2SO on ‘The Star Wars Show’

Alan Tudyk sat down with Andi Gutierezz for this week’s episode of The Star Wars show and revealed some interesting insight into how his appearance helps to symbolize the droids personality.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to introduce a slew of new characters and starfighters into the Star Wars galaxy including the first ever Imperial droid that is an actual character in the story. K-2SO (Kay-Tuesso) is an Imperial security droid who was reprogrammed to assist the Rebel Alliance played by Alan Tudyk. From what we have seen in the trailers and Star Wars celebration, the droid is a good hearted sarcastic droid that provides the comic relief in what has been called a dark war film.

Tudyk sat down with Andi Gutierezz for this week’s episode of The Star Wars show and revealed some interesting insight into how his appearance helps to symbolize the droids personality.

Kaytu, he has personality in his movement and it always worked better and it tranferred better if there was a little bit of a slouch. There’s one point in the movie where Kay-Tu walks down a hallway and is passed by another Kay-Tu model. He’s like a soldier and he’s walking very perfectly and very straight and upright. And then Kaytu is kind of, sort of loping along a little bit. I thin that’s what makes Kaytu a little bit more accessible and gosh I’m going to say it, lovable.

Tudyk is on the money. His comments show the deep thought that went into crafting the character with collaborative director Garreth Edwards. Based on Kay-Tuesso’s appearance, the droid certainly looks like he could hold his own in a fight. Standing upright, the tall droid would be an intimidating presence on-screen which would prevent him from connecting with the audience as the comic relief. To hear more about Tudyk’s experience providing the motion capture for Kay-Tu including what it was like to run on sand in a pair of stilts, check out the episode of The Star Wars Show below.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

Produced by Lucasfilm, the film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk,  Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker with a script penned by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, directed by Garreth Edwards.

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. In theaters December 2016.

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Donnie Yen Came Up With The Idea For His Character To Be Blind in ‘Rogue One’

In an interview with Jetset Magazine, Yen reveals director Garreth Edwards allowed for him to flesh out his own character and that it was him who actually came up with the idea for his character to be blind.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is only a little more than a month away. The film follows a band of rebel spies as they steal the Death Star plans to the superweapon destroyed by Luke Skywalker in the original classic A New Hope. The cast for the film which features some of the most talented actors in Hollywood today is currently making the press rounds to promote what is the first ever Star Wars spin-off from the Skywalker saga.

Donnie Yen, the biggest Chinese actor out there today, plays Chirrut Imwe, a deeply spiritual and highly skilled warrior who believes in the power of the force. His official character description on Starwars.com describes him as a warrior monk who has trained himself rigorously through physical and mental discipline. While it is said he does not possess the force, his blind character can still manage to masterfully defeat his enemies in battle both with a staff and bowcaster seen in the trailers.

In an interview with Jetset Magazine, Yen reveals director Garreth Edwards allowed for him to flesh out his own character and that it was him who actually came up with the idea for Chirrut Imwe to be blind.

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It was my idea to make him blind!

It’s incredible that in a film as big as Star Wars, Edwards (and Lucasfilm) still allows for the actors to bring their own ideas and creativity to the table and serves to highlight just how much Lucasfilm is interested in bringing forth the best film possible. After learning about Yen’s contribution, I’m still left wondering exactly what I was before? Just how is Chirrut Imwe still able to participate in combat if he is blind?

Considering Jedi Knight Kanin Jarrus was blinded by Darth Maul last spring on Star Wars Rebels, leading the Jedi to learn how to use the force as a replacement for his sight, Rogue One is going to need to explain just exactly how what Chirrut Imwe did to regain some sort of sight if he is indeed not force-sensitive.

It seems the force isn’t exactly as cut and dry as it was explained by the Jedi Masters in the original trilogy. Star Wars Rebels also introduced us to the Bendu, a force sensitive creature who manages not to succumb to the dark side, but exist in a sweet spot just between that and the light. Could Yoda and Obi-Wan’s explanation of the force simply be their interpretation based on their understanding of it at that time?

The dark side is also a bit more complicated than most think as well. Yoda claimed that once you began down the path to the dark side, forever would it dominate your destiny, however. That clearly wasn’t the case for Darth Vader. The franchise also introduced fans of The Clone Wars series to Asajj Ventress and the Nightsisters who were a clan of Dark Jedi witches based on the planet of Dathomir. The Nightsisters tapped into the magical ichor which flowed from the depths of Dathomir and allowed them to harness the power of the dark side without the physical mutations that manifest once an individual commits themselves to the Sith. In other words, they were able to remain themselves.

Hopefully Rogue One will offer some clarification into just exactly what else is going on with the force. Or at the very least, how Chirrut Imwe has managed to conquer his blindness. Personally, I still have hope he is a force-sensitive individual.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

Produced by Lucasfilm, the film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk,  Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker with a script penned by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, directed by Garreth Edwards.

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. In theaters December 2016.

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‘Rogue One’: TV Spot “Together” Inspires Hope in Dark Times

Hold on to your butts. It’s finally November and with Doctor Strange out of the way, the marketing campaign for the first Star Wars spin-off feature film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now in full effect as we ramp up to the film’s release next month on December 16th. Today Lucasfilm released the first official TV spot for the film and it manages to inspire hope in all of us Star Wars fans , leaving us salivating for more. December can’t some soon enough.

Hold on to your butts. It’s finally November and with Doctor Strange out of the way, the marketing campaign for the first Star Wars spin-off feature film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now in full effect as we ramp up to the film’s release next month on December 16th. Today Lucasfilm released the first official TV spot for the film and it manages to inspire hope in all of us Star Wars fans , leaving us salivating for more. December can’t some soon enough.

The film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk,  Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker with a script penned by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, directed by Garreth Edwards.

Don’t forget we will also get a sneak peek at the film during the Disney Holiday Celebration on November 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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. In theaters December 2016.
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Garreth Edwards On Challenges of Rogue One; New Photos Released

One of the biggest questions going into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is how will director Garreth Edwards manage to capture the tension of the rebels spies stealing the Death Star being that we know they will succeed but most likely meet their demise before it’s all over.

One of the biggest questions going into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is how will director Garreth Edwards manage to capture the tension of the rebels spies stealing the Death Star being that we know they will succeed but most likely meet their demise before it’s all over. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Edwards explained that rather than focusing on the film’s ending, the bigger challenge was determining just where to begin the story in a way that gets us invested in the new characters and still manages to fit into the Skywalker saga as the film will lead us up to the moments before the original classic A New Hope begins with Darth Vaders Star Destroyer, “The Devastator” chasing down Princess Leia on board the Tantive IV attempting to escape from the Empire with the newly stolen plans for the Death Star.

“The thing every [filmmaker] typically struggles with is ‘How does it end?’” says director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). “But we knew how our film was going to end. Our problem became ‘How do we reverse engineer from that and know where to start?’ You’ve got a finite number of options and you go through them all like a puzzle to find the one that’s going to lead to the strongest result.” One of the most important pieces: Darth Vader, back to menace the deep reaches of space once again.

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Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed) are briefed along with Rebel pilots and soliders at the Rebel base on Yavin IV as they embark on their mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. (Image via Entertainment Weekly)

Edwards also spoke with USA Today about the origin of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), who’s father we know was taken away from her at a young age as he was the main scientist forced by the Empire to help develop the technology that powers the super weapon of the Death Star. The director explained Erso does have similarities to Luke Skywalker in that they are both initially reluctant heroes, however. The path that Erso will follow will be a very different one from the Jedi Master.

Events take place that just shatter her life and send her off to basically be raised as a soldier in the midst of a war. She ends up not the person she was supposed to be. Even though we’re not telling the story of Luke Skywalker, it was important to me that we capture the same themes and emotion, but the film doesn’t unfold how you think. It’s not the same path as Star Wars.

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Jyn Erso and K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), the former Imperial security droid who has been reprogrammed to assist the Rebels in their mission. (Image via USA Today)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

SOURCES: EW, USA TODAY (VIA SCREENRANT)