Director Gareth Edwards Stole the Death Star Plans From the Set of Rogue One

Saturday, 10 December 2016 - 11:55AM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Rogue One
Saturday, 10 December 2016 - 11:55AM
Director Gareth Edwards Stole the Death Star Plans From the Set of Rogue One
Rogue One's selling point has always been its deep connection to the events of Episode IV, and specifically, it being the story of how the Rebel Alliance got their hands on the plans for the Death Star. With those blueprints being so central to the plot of the first-ever Star Wars film, they're undoubtedly some of the most important and iconic fictional documents in the history of cinema. That's why when Gareth Edwards, director of Rogue One, was given the opportunity to snatch them from the set, he didn't hesitate.  In a recent chat on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Edwards fessed up to his gag of stealing the Death Star plans from the set.

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I'd thought it'd be funny, and also I really wanted to do it…So when I left [the film's set], I stole the Death Star plans. They're at my mum's house right now. I'm not gonna give away where she lives. There'd be like a million Star Wars fans trying to steal them back.
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Edwards is right to be hesitant about revealing the location of his mother's house, and it may have been wiser not to say anything about it at all. While it's funny to think that some Star Wars fans might try to "steal them back," the cinematic importance ingrained in the plans probably makes it inevitable that some ultra-fan will indeed attempt to do so at some point in the future. Your mom can't hide forever, Gareth.  

In all seriousness, this was a pretty cool prank to pull, and who wouldn't if they'd been given the opportunity? As the first standalone Star Wars film, there's a lot riding on Rogue One. The future of SW anthology films hangs in the balance, and in some ways, whether or not the film is a success could impact the future of the entire property. Hopefully Edwards and co. are able to deliver on the thrilling tale they've promised, and fans can count on many more films set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16th.
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