We already know that “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” has a least one connection to the larger Star Wars Universe — specifically the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” In the upcoming anthology film, Forest Whitaker will play Saw Gerrera, a character originally introduced in the “Clone Wars” animated series.
Now, a new TV spot for “Rogue One” reveals that the film might have another connection to a Star Wars animated series. This time, though, that series is the currently-airing “Star Wars Rebels.” First, you can check out the quick TV spot below.
You saw that lineup of ships in the Rebel fleet in the TV spot, right?
Look on the bottom just to the left of the middle. See that ship? Could that be the Ghost, the ship piloted by Hera Syndulla that carries the “Rebels” crew from mission to mission? Here’s a pic of the Ghost from behind; the shape and engine formation are pretty much identical.
Of course there’s always the possibility that this is just another VCX-100 light freighter and not specifically the Ghost. But still, the Ghost is the only VCX-100 light freighter in the canon so far, so it’s also possible that this is the Ghost. The timing lines up for this to be the Ghost, too; like “Rogue One,” the “Star Wars Rebels” animated series also takes place prior to “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.” “Rebels” does take place a few years before “Rogue One,” though, so if this is the Ghost, it’s the Ghost from presumably a few seasons past where the show is at now.
This isn’t the first time that a connection to “Rebels” has been theorized. Back in October, some fans wondered if a Rebel seen in footage from “Rogue One” could be the “Rebels” character Agent Kallus. Director Gareth Edwards squashed that rumor, though, revealing that the character is a new Rebel officer named General Draven, played by actor Alistair Petrie.
Set outside of the main sequel trilogy that began with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One” is set just before 1977’s “Star Wars” and details the Rebel plot to steal the Death Star plans from the Empire. Directed by Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla,” “Monsters”) from a script by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz, “Rogue One” stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna and Riz Ahmed.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens on December 16.
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