Rogue One Review
16 Dec 2016
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Role of Chirrut
The studio had only two choices to play Chirrut: Donnie Yen and Jet Li. Yen was approached first because of his salary of $4 million against Li’s $10 million. To gauge his interest and as secondary plan, director Gareth Edwards also offered him the other role of Baze. Yen expressed interest in playing Chirrut but was hesitant in accepting it, because it required him to be away in London for five months. However, it was his young son’s love of the Star Wars films and comics that wore down his reluctance, and it was his idea to make his character blind.
Idea for the film
After Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm, John Knoll heard about some of the early concepts for new Star Wars movies and was not impressed with any of them. He began developing his idea for this film and started talking it up to his fellow ILM employees, refining the story into a thirty-minute pitch. People at ILM liked it so much that he was encouraged to bring it to Kathleen Kennedy, the new president of Lucasfilm. She loved the pitch and the movie was put into production.
George Lucas loved the film so much..
that director Gareth Edwards posted on his Twitter feed, [sic] “It was the most important review to me he’s kind of like God, I will take that conversation to my grave, his opinion means the world to me.”
Travelling through hyperspace
This film confirms through dialogue that the Death Star can travel through hyperspace (though it is never seen entering, within, or emerging from hyperspace).
“Guardians of the Whills”
Cassian mentions the “Guardians of the Whills” when speaking with Jyn on Jedha before the attack on the hover-tank. “The Star Wars: From the Journal of the Whills” was the original working title of George Lucas’ story. The Whills were wise beings who narrated the Star Wars saga to their pupils, explaining it as having happened “a long time ago in a galaxy far away.” This flashback format was ultimately deemed unnecessary and abandoned. There is a popular consensus among fans that the Whills are the species that Yoda belonged to, but this has never been officially confirmed.
Voicing Darth Vader
After voicing Darth Vader in four Star Wars films and numerous tie-in projects, James Earl Jones once again returned to voice the character. The last theatrical release for which he voiced the character was Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), but his most recent voice work was for Star Wars Rebels (2014).
First Star Wars movie to not include a…
The first live-action, theatrical Star Wars movie to not include a Jedi as a main character. Darth Vader, who is a Sith and ex-Jedi, is a secondary character.
Work by Tony Gilroy
Tony Gilroy was paid $5 million for twelve weeks work on script-revising and re-shoots, especially on the third act. He also recommended to the producers to hire his brother, editor John Gilroy, to edit the re-shot footage. None of the first two trailer footage made it into the final film.
Reference to Jan Orso
The character name Jyn Erso is thought to be a reference to Jan Ors, a character in the video game Star Wars: Dark Forces (1995). In the first mission of the game, Ors and Kyle Katarn recover the plans to the Death Star.
An Imperial Probe Droid (Probot)
As Cassian and Jyn walk through the crowded streets of Jedha, an Imperial Probe Droid (Probot) similar to the one encountered by Han Solo and Chewbacca on Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) passes in the background.
“The strongest stars have hearts of kyber.”
Chirrut (Donnie Yen) stated “the strongest stars have hearts of kyber.” As kyber crystals are revealed to be used as fuel for the Death Star, it makes the station’s name quite appropriate.
To confer the intended look of the ground battles..
…director Gareth Edwards and the design team simply took old pictures taken during World War II and Vietnam, replaced army helmets with Rebel head covers, and added X-Wings into the shots. They also drew storyboards inspired by photos from Middle-Eastern conflict zones. Representatives of the studio were immediately taken by the imagery, and encouraged him to proceed with the idea.
Based on real weapon
In the scene when Jyn is taken on board the ship to start the mission (and her adventure within the story) she has a weapon Cassian had to decide whether or not she should keep. Like all hand weapons/blasters in Star Wars, most are based on real weapons. Hers was based on a German Luger Parabellum, specifically revealed by the hand grip and unique rear section seen on screen.
First Star Wars movie to feature a resort-like planet. Awash in leafy palms, sunny weather and clear blue seas, planet Scarif (aka the Maldives) was the designated storage location for the Empire’s plans for the Death Star.
Saw Gerrera’s character
(and name even) seems to be an homage to Argentinian freedom fighter, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. Both men were considered extremists in their battles against dictatorships, resulting in mixed views of their legacies.
Reaction of Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher (the original Princess Leia) passed away over a week after the film’s cinema release in the United States. She was able to see the film before her death and reportedly squealed with joy at seeing the younger version of herself at the end of the movie
RT/Meta Critic Review
The good news is that Edwards’ effort to make a storm-the-beach war film produces a tense third act that earns most of its big moments and also justifies much of what’s come before.(Click here to see)