Gareth Edwards Tries to Explain the Thinking Behind Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Title

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 - 12:57PM
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Star Wars: Rogue One
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 - 12:57PM
Gareth Edwards Tries to Explain the Thinking Behind Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Title
Other than the fact that it's irritatingly long, the title for the first Star Wars spin-off movie has caused much debate since it was revealed all those months ago. The term 'Rogue' is a popular one in Star Wars canon, being used to describe everything from a famous Rebel fighter squadron to a class of starfighter, to pretty much anybody who thinks outside the box or doesn't follow the party line. During the initial reveal of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it was the notion of a Rogue Squadron call-sign that seemed to be the favored explanation among fans, but as is often the case with movie titles, that explanation has not been confirmed or denied by the studio.



With the exception of perhaps The Phantom Menace and The Force Awakens, Star Wars movie titles have often fairly 'in your face' with their meanings. But, if you've struggled to get to the bottom of exactly who or what 'Rogue One' is, you might take comfort from the fact that the movie's very own director seems to feel the same. In an interview with Empire Edwards takes his best shot at explaining what Rogue One really means.

Opening quote
I'd been thinking about it," he reflects in the new issue of Empire. "What does it mean? 'Rogue One' is a military call sign to some extent," he adds, referring to Red Squadron during the Battle of Yavin, "but this is the first film that's gone off-piste and is not part of the saga – or the Anakin story – so it's the 'rogue' one, you know?"
Closing quote

Ok, we're not really buying that particular point, but that's fine, because Edwards wasn't quite finished there. As we all know, Felicity Jones's protagonist Jyn Erso is something of a Rogue, and Edwards feels as though the movie's title takes a lot of its context from the young Rebel's behavior.



Opening quote
"It's kind of describing her as well in a similar way," says Edwards. "It has [all] these split, multiple meanings that made it feel like the right choice."
Closing quote

The more I see of the movie, the more it feels as though the name refers to Erso and not the famous Rebel call-sign. That being said, it looks like they kind of came up with the name based on a feeling as opposed to a particular meaning, which is kind of disappointing. 

What's your interpretation of the 'Rogue One' title? Let us now in the comments below.
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