Details are unsurprisingly sparse about the highly anticipated “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” but that hasn’t stopped director Gareth Edwards from shedding quite a bit of light on Jedha, the new planet on which much of the upcoming film takes place.
“We were trying to find a physical location we could go to that would speak to the themes of losing your faith and the choice between letting the Empire win, or evil win, and good prevailing,” explained Edwards to Entertainment Weekly.
Modeled after Ottoman Empire-style architecture and Middle Eastern landscapes, Jedha appears to serve as a Star Wars Mecca or Jerusalem, drawing Force devotees and worshipers from across the galaxy.
“If it’s a really ancient religion, as Obi-Wan Kenobi said, it’s got to exist in thousands or millions of people in the galaxy,” said the filmmaker.
The article goes on to speculate on just why Jedha is so valuable to both Rebel and Imperial forces, including the rumor that the planet is rich in kyber crystals, which are crucial in building lightsabers as well as massive ancient Sith weapons of war.
The world is also revealed to be home to the blind warrior monk, Chirrut Imwe, played by Donnie Yen, as well as Jiang Wen’s Baze Malbuz and Riz Ahmed’s Bodhi Rook.
Fans won’t have to wait long for their first real introduction to Jedha when “Rogue One” opens in theaters December 16.
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