With the full title of Star Wars: Episode VIII still a mystery, all eyes (and minds) are on how the franchise decides to move forward. The highly anticipated spinoff, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, hits theaters this December, and so it’s only a short few months before all is revealed about the exciting film. Not only is Rogue One making some noticeable changes in style and tone to past Star Wars films, it’s also introducing plenty of new characters and storylines. And while the air of mystery will probably remain for fans, director Gareth Edwards is actually on a similar page.
When the title of Rogue One was unveiled, it was unclear as to what that title meant in the big scheme of things. Could it be hinting at something like plot details, new locations, or specific military units? Well, Edwards was kind enough to dissect the title a little bit for those who are still banging their heads against the wall to figure it out. In an interview with Empire magazine, the Rogue One director gave us his take on the title.
I’d been thinking about it. What does it mean? ‘Rogue One’ is a military call sign to some extent. 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?
While this is not revelatory, these details are at least something for fans to munch on. But the title is interesting in many ways, no matter how you slice it. The film centers around rebel Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), who helps lead a massive strike upon the Death Star, hoping to steal its secretive plans. So, the title meaning surely has some things to say about the heroine, which, for the time being, looks like a fascinating character. But, alas, only time will tell with what Rogue One will be come to be. Let’s hope this origin story is the start of a wonderful new franchise.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.