Felicity Jones Is Contracted for a Rogue One Sequel

Friday, 16 December 2016 - 3:44PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Rogue One
Friday, 16 December 2016 - 3:44PM
Felicity Jones Is Contracted for a Rogue One Sequel
The reviews have been pouring in, and by now it's almost official: Rogue One is gritty, witty, dark, and sometimes flawed, but it is nonetheless a worthy addition to the Star Wars franchise. Even George Lucas said it was good. It's been performing well in the box office, and that means this little 'experiment' with creating a Star Wars anthology film might just be the beginning of a new chapter for Star Wars. The one thing no one expected from Rogue One going into theaters, however, was a sequel.

We all loved the diverse cast of assassins, saboteurs, and grenade-flinging murder-bots, but from the beginning, Rogue One was pitched as a standalone film. That meant no prequels, no sequels, and no continuation of the whole intergalactic soap opera known as the Skywalker 'saga'. But did that stop the folks at Lucasfilm from putting a sequel option in Felicity Jones' contract? No, it did not.

Now, we're going to get into some intensely spoiler-ific territory here, so be warned: don't read the next paragraphs if you haven't seen the film! It is 100% going to ruin Rogue One!

So Luke Skywalker and something called an 'Aluminum Falcon' end up blowing up the Death Star and killing the Emperor, Darth Vader is actually Luke's father, and Princess Leia is Luke's sister. Just kidding, this is all just extra buffer in case people accidentally glimpse farther down the page and learn how Rogue One ends. 

Okay, it's just us now. 

Yeah, that sequel option is not happening. If you watched the end of Rogue One, you know that Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, and all the rest of our fun, misfit Rogues die fighting against the overwhelming might of the Empire, which crushes their heroism under the mighty boot of totally-not-fascism. For the record, we'd like to say we called it, but at this point we're too sad to gloat.

As The Hollywood Reporter brought up, the sequel option in Jones' contract is probably a hold-over from before the infamous re-shoots, when the movie had a completely different ending that may have given Jyn Erso a chance to appear in another movie. On the bright side, we now know what the re-shoots were probably for: filming all the death sequences.

Rogue One is in theaters now.
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