As it was set in the days leading up to "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope," "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" was packed with cameos from familiar characters -- including Princess Leia. But Leia's cameo at the end of the film may have caused people to scratch their heads. After all, earlier in the film, Leia's father Bail Organa dispatched her to Tatooine to pick up Obi-Wan Kenobi. If she was on her way to that Outer Rim planet, then how did she (and the spaceship Tantive IV) end up at the battle of Scarif in the film's final act?
During an episode of "The Star Wars Show", members of the Lucasfilm Story Group shed light on this perceived inconsistency -- and revealed that it was all part of the plan.
“The plan was always that Leia was going to go to Tatooine to pick up Obi-Wan and [Rebel Admiral] Raddus was going to escort her,” said Pablo Hidalgo. “Then the news of Scarif came in, and that was deemed more important ... [because] it’s the one warship that they have at this point.” Since the Tantive IV was aboard Raddus' Mon Calamari warship, it went along for the ride. The novelization of "Rogue One" also points out that the Tantive IV was docked in Raddus' warship because it was undergoing repairs.
The chat also revealed that Leia was also intended to be present at the meeting on Yavin 4 where Jyn tries to rally troops behind her Scarif mission. Leia wasn't shown so as to not blow her surprise appearance at the end of the film, but R2-D2 and C-3PO's inclusion in the following scene was included as a clue that Leia was also present at the Rebel base.
You can watch the entire half hour video, "Rogue One Secrets Explained," below.
To date, "Rogue One" has made over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the second highest-grossing Star Wars film in the franchise after last year's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
Set just prior to the events of 1977’s “Star Wars,” “Rogue One” follows a ragtag group of Rebels who undertake the dangerous mission to steal the design plans for the Galactic Empire’s planet-destroying new superweapon, the Death Star.
Directed by Gareth Edwards, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker.