‘Rogue One’ Director Talks About Creating New Stormtroopers and Starfighters

Thursday, 06 April 2017 - 7:42PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Rogue One
Thursday, 06 April 2017 - 7:42PM
‘Rogue One’ Director Talks About Creating New Stormtroopers and Starfighters
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Every Star Wars fan is familiar with the uniformly white Stormtroopers that have done the Empire's bidding since the original 1977 film. Lately, the newer movies have gotten more creative, introducing the silver-clad Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens and most recently in Rogue One, introducing Death Troopers as elite Stormtrooper forces.

Rogue One Director Gareth Edwards (also behind the 2014 Godzilla reboot) spoke to Collider about how and why he introduced Special Forces and retro starships not included in other films. The timeline was tricky, since everything in Rogue One had to either be in the Original Trilogy, or have a very good explanation as to why it never appears there. Edwards described the process of working in the franchise's strict continuity rules:

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"Being such a fan of Star Wars, the dream is to be able to add something to the equation and bring something to the table like Death Troopers and ships. But then you have to justify them not existing, you don't want to be contradicting the canon of the movies. The U-Wings are kind of like the helicopters of Star Wars and they all go in through the shield gate to Scarif, so they all get destroyed in the Battle of Scarif; and the Death Troopers, same thing happens to them. So we had to make sure anything significant like that which was new was gonna get eradicated through the events of that film."
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While it certainly makes sense that anything introduced in Rogue One would have to be eradicated by the end of the film as to not leave plot holes among future episodes, it would be cool to see Death Troopers more. They go on to make another appearance in Star Wars: Rebels as Thrawn's bodyguards, as Rebels takes place around the same time as Rogue One. But don't expect them to appear anymore in The Last Jedi - Lucasfilm has to be pickier about where the Death Troopers are allowed to appear thanks to this. As far as U-wings go, we're fine tossing those aside in favor of The Millennium Falcon and X-Wings.

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Edwards also discussed the history of Jedha, expanding on a shot that many Star Wars fans may have over looked:

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If you look at the establishing shot of Jedha from above, the layout of it is this giant, circular rock formation around where Jedha is. And the idea was that there was a meteor impact that hit Jedha and it came at such a force that it was what created the Kyber Crystals at the center of that crate of impact. So Jedha is like this very unique place in the galaxy in that it's got a very high density of Kyber Crystals, which is what the Jedi need for lightsabers. So it became this holy city as a result of that meteor impact. But that must've happened maybe millions of years ago. We tried to tell that story in the establishing shot, you see the circular formation and at the heart of it is Jedha city."
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As far as the potential for a standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi film goes, Edwards has no idea what Lucasfilm is planning, but will definitely be first in line to see it if it materializes. Since there is already a standalone film in the works for one of Star Wars' other fan-favorites, Han Solo, and Ewan McGregor has been outspoken about his desire to revisit the character, it's not impossible. If the film were to gain footing, however, we wouldn't be seeing it until the Sequel Trilogy wraps up, so we've got some waiting to do.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is available now on Blu-ray.

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