‘Rogue One’ Director Explains How He Named A ‘Star Wars’ Planet

At an interview at South By Southwest, Star Wars: Rogue One director Gareth Edwards reveals a funny incident that led to a planet getting its name.


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards recently revealed a funny story behind the naming of the planet Scarif at South By Southwest, along with other details about the filming of the movie.

The Hollywood Reporter recently attended a talk that Edwards hosted at SXSW. At one point, Edwards mentioned that Scarif – the planet that the Death Star plans are stolen from in Rogue One – was actually inspired by a mistake that someone made at a coffee shop:

“I must have said, ‘It’s Gareth’ [when I ordered], and they wrote ‘Scarif’.”

In addition, when the inevitable question about Rogue One‘s reshoots (which caused a lot of concerns among the fanbase when they were first announced) came up, Edwards defended his decision to take five weeks to make sure that the movie was the best it could be. Like the above quote, a sense of humor surrounded his answer:

“If it leads to the result where people don’t shout at you from across the street and say you ruined their childhood, I’ll take it.”

Edwards also mentioned that fellow director Peter Jackson (The Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit) was on-set when one of the sequences with Darth Vader was filmed, which is something he felt was important for himself as a filmmaker. The last thing he mentioned about the movie itself was a shocking creative decision regarding the ending, which he felt would be changed by Lucasfilm’s executives. However, to his surprise, the powers that be did not request any such changes and the ending played out exactly how it did in the theatrical cut of the film. We won’t spoil it here, but the creative decision was something that few fans thought that the movie would have the guts to do.

Rogue One is still playing in theaters and has a cast that includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendehlson, Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Forest Whitaker, and Mads Mikkelsen. James Earl Jones provides his voice for a cameo appearance as Darth Vader. The film is slated to be released through digital formats on March 24 and through home video formats on April 4.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter