In the years and months that lead up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, countless rumors surfaced about the plot and the characters, some of which turned out to be true, some patently false. While we have to wait another year and a half to see how that story continues, fans will get to explore another part of Star Wars history with the first spinoff, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Today we have a new report that claims to have new details about the Death Star, along with details about the names of a few more characters in Rogue One. While these details haven't been confirmed, there could be potential SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
This story is set between the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, following a group of Rebels trying to steal plans to the original Death Star. While the Death Star is certainly an iconic presence in both Star Wars and cinematic lore, we have never really known what exactly powers this massive base, and it seems we may have our answer, if a new rumor from Making Star Wars is to be believed. The site reports that the Empire has been mining Kyber Crystals from a mountain to use for the Death Star.
The site reports that there have been crates spotted on the Rogue One set that are marked Kyber crystal crates, where they are placed after being mined from the mountain. There is reportedly a communication platform, with the Death Squad's Death Troopers spotted on location. There is speculation that the scientists on this site are synthesizing the crystals for use on the Death Star.
The site also reports that Paul Weston, who played Nitko in Return of the Jedi, appears in this sequence as a scientist, but it isn't known if he's playing Nitko or not. The Kyber crystals are best known in Star Wars lore as the material Jedi knights built their lightsabers from. After a Jedi successful emerges from the crystal caves on Ilum, they are given a Kyber crystal to build their own lightsaber with, which fuels the powerful light blade.
In related news, Making Star Wars also reports that Forest Whitaker's character is named Castro, while the site confirms a previous report that Mads Mikkelsen's character is named Galen. You may recall that, back in September, Mads Mikkelsen signed an autograph for a Star Wars fan, which included the word "Galen" in quotes, hinting that this is the character he's playing in Rogue One. The site reportedly stumbled upon new details that hint Galen is Mads Mikkelsen's character name. The site also adds that Castro might be a code name that may be changed, but we don't know for sure. Stay tuned for more on Rogue One as we get closer to the December 16 release date.