As the first anthology film set outside of the main Skywalker storyline, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is changing up quite a few traditions. The film might not have the iconic opening crawl, and it’s title is missing the standard “Episode XX” designation that the other seven films have. But that doesn’t mean “Rogue One’s” title isn’t packed with other meanings.
While talking to Empire magazine, “Rogue One” director Gareth Edwards discussed the many meanings of the film’s title. “‘Rogue One’ is a military call sign to some extent,” said Edwards, identifying the most obvious meaning of the title, “but this is the first film that’s gone off-piste and is not part of the saga — or the Anakin story — so it’s the ‘rogue’ one, you know?”
The title also could be seen as a shout out to the film’s rebellious lead, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones). “It’s kind of describing her as well in a similar way,” says Edwards. “It has [all] these split, multiple meanings that made it feel like the right choice.”
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 December 16.
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