‘Rogue One’ Director Talks About Creating New Stormtroopers and Starfighters
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:
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.
Edwards also discussed the history of Jedha, expanding on a shot that many Star Wars fans may have over looked:
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.