In roughly a month and a half, the first Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One, will hit theaters, and it's already expected to be much different than any other Star Wars movie we've seen before. For example, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy has already confirmed that there will not be an opening crawl before the film, like all of the other Star Wars movies, and it seems it could also be much different from a tonal perspective. Director Gareth Edwards recently offered some new comments on Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), while teasing the movie will be a lot darker.
USA Today spoke with Gareth Edwards, who reveals that Jyn Erso, who leads a group of Rebels on a mission to find plans for the original Death Star, is most certainly a "reluctant hero." He also teases that this story may not be what we think. Here's what he had to say about the experience of watching it unfold.
"Events take place that just shatter her life and send her off to basically be raised as a soldier in the midst of a war. She ends up not the person she was supposed to be. Even though we're not telling the story of Luke Skywalker, it was important to me that we capture the same themes and emotion. But the film doesn't unfold how you think. It's not the same path as Star Wars."
The Hollywood Reporter speculates that the director's comment about how Rogue One doesn't take "the same path" could be construed as a hint about how dark Rogue One is. Since the flagship Star Wars movies revolve around redemption, the director's comments hint that there are some unexpected twists and turns ahead for this stand alone movie. There are already theories that Jyn Erso could join her father Galen (Mads Mikkelsen) on the Dark Side, or that Galen will even kill his own daughter, but none of these details have been confirmed.
In related news, Felicity Jones recently spoke with Vanity Fair, who revealed that she thinks Jyn Erso is a positive female role model for young girls everywhere. She also spoke about how she enjoyed doing more physical work in Rogue One and her new film Inferno, which opened last weekend. Here's what she had to say.
"I just hope that girls like the movie and can invest in Jyn's story and care about her. It is quite nice now that instead of a fish's tail, girls can see a cool female character who's got a blaster and can run really fast. I loved it because I got to kick some ass. I loved the physical side of making these larger films. I worked closely with the stunt teams and got to learn a new skill. I mean, you do go home covered in bruises, but it's worth it."
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, going up against Warner Bros.' Collateral Beauty.