For those unfamiliar with the website Making Star Wars, their rumors can be somewhat hit or miss. In the case of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, they published a number of rumors that turned out to be dead-on predictions of the film’s events. With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story looming in the future, it’s possible that they may have done so yet again.
The rumor in question pertains to the roles played by Mads Mikkelsen and Felicity Jones. While they included a retraction of their earlier scoop that the name of Jones’ character would be Lyra Erso (although it still appears as if this is the name of a character in the film), they also noted that numerous sources have pointed them toward a possible relationship between Jones’ and Mikkelsen’s characters.
Mads Mikkelsen (Galen appears to be his name in the film) is kind of the key to the film in a way. He is a scientist that took over the Geonosian Death Star project. He solved several of the flaws the Empire could not and is sort of a revered person in the Empire for his contributions. However, Mikkelsen’s character is a Robert Oppenheimer-type character. Oppenheimer helped design the atomic bomb only to say, “Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” The guilt “Galen” feels for his contributions to the Empire become too much and he defects, attempting to make things right. In order to do this, he enlists the help of his only daughter….
While unconfirmed, CBM notes that this rumor does appear to fit in quite nicely with a quote made by director Gareth Edwards last April, which hinted at a deep focus on the morality of the characters in Rogue One.
“It’s the reality of war. Good guys are bad. Bad guys are good. It’s complicated, layered; a very rich scenario in which to set a movie.”
The internal conflict of the characters as one attempts to undo his participation in great evil would lend the film a sense of depth that might help make up for the fact that the audience basically knows how the film ends. In some ways, Rogue One is not unlike James Cameron’s Titanic, a film in which audiences went in knowing that (spoiler) a giant ship was going to sink. The squad in this film pretty much has to succeed in stealing the plans to the Death Star, so any suspense felt by the audience will have to be derived from their emotional investment in the characters.
Whether or not this rumor pans out, we’re sure to find out more by the time Rogue One releases on December 16.