Rogue One was a refreshing change of pace for the Star Wars franchise, grounding the fantastical universe in truly human stakes. Following his return to Hollywood, the film’s director Gareth Edwards revealed if the film’s protagonist, Jyn Erso, was secretly force-sensitive.
Jyn Erso being force-sensitive in Rogue One seems an odd question given she never showed any attunement to it in the film. However, the character did say a prayer to the Force in the film and wears a Kyber Crystal on her neck, leading some to suspect the hero was force-sensitive. Gareth Edwards revealed that he viewed Jyn’s relationship with the Force in Star Wars as similar to a religion:
“I don’t know. I mean, I see the Force as, like, a religion, obviously. And it’s like, you might tell a child, ‘Have faith in God.’ It doesn’t mean that they’re the Messiah,” Edwards told The Direct. “So, it’s kind of, I see it like, you can believe in this idea that there’s something greater than us; there’s a destiny of some sort. But [you] don’t have to be the second coming of Christ to do something great with your life.”
Gareth Edwards comparing the Force to a belief in a higher power certainly makes sense for Star Wars. The Jedi are an ancient order focused on belief and strict moral codes. Without having met one in her life, it’s reasonable that Jyn Erso would view them similarly to how people view the heroes of the Testament. With James Mangold recently revealing his plans to make the “Ten Commandments” of the Force in his upcoming film, it seems as though fans can have “faith” in Star Wars again!
The future of Star Wars looks brighter than ever
The announcement of these three new Star Wars movies marks an exciting time for fans of the franchise. With each movie being directed by a different filmmaker, there is sure to be a unique perspective and style brought to each project.
The focus on new characters and storylines within the Star Wars universe is also promising. While the original trilogy will always hold a special place in the hearts of fans, it’s important to keep the franchise evolving and exploring new avenues. The new Jedi order, as promised in the third movie, could provide an interesting look at the future of the Star Wars universe and the continued use and understanding of The Force.
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