When Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit theatres everywhere last month, audiences the world over were, simultaneously, shocked and thrilled at its brilliant ending. The prequel detailed just how the Rebels got ahold of the plans to the Empire’s Death Star in the 1977 original, Star Wars: A New Hope. Now that the movie has been in cinemas for a while, I think it is time to discuss the movie’s climax. In case you have been living under a rock, at the end of Rogue One, not one of the heroes survive. Yep. Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso? Dead. Alan Tudyk’s K-2SO? Dead. Diego Luna’s Captain Andor? Dead. It was rather ballsy, and the film’s director has revealed his surprise when Disney approved of the controversial decision. In a new interview with Empire Magazine, Gareth Edwards sat down to discuss many components of Rogue One, including his very own cameo:
Gareth Edwards Was As Surprised As You Were When Disney Let Him Kill Everyone:
I mean, it’s a great Disney tradition, isn’t it, for every single character to die in all their movies…? [laughs] I think there was an early version [where they didn’t die] in the screenplay. And it was just assumed by us that we couldn’t do that, they’re not going to let us [kill everyone], so let’s try and figure out how this ends where that doesn’t happen. And then everyone read that and there was just this feeling of, “they’ve got to die, right? Can we?” And Kathy (Kennedy) and everyone at Disney were like, “yeah, it makes sense. I guess they have to, because they’re not in A New Hope”. And so from that point on, we had the license. And I kept waiting for someone to go, “you know what, could we just film an extra scene where we see Jyn and Cassian, they’re okay and they’re on another planet”, and la la la. And [it] never ever came, no one ever gave us that note, and so we got to do it.
Rogue One Was Edwards’ Dream Project:
I was two when Star Wars came out. You grow up with Star Warsfigures and AT-ATs and X-Wings, and that’s kind of what you’re promised the world is like. And then suddenly you realise actually it’s a massive lie, you realise life’s actually very boring. Everyone [asks] “wasn’t it crazy doing Star Wars?” And you go, “no actually, it was normal, it was what they advertised in the brochure when we were kids and it was life that was terribly worse”. And so getting to do Star Wars for two years was like going back to normal life, in a weird way. It’s like what you thought it was going to be when you were little.
Honestly, I don’t know what they’re planning for the rest of the films, but I feel like if [I was] offered anything else, even the sagas, I would have been like, “no, I want to do Rogue One,” because that’s connected to the film that started me off wanting to do filmmaking, wanting to do everything.
Edwards Has A Weird Obsession With Blue Milk:
I love the whole blue milk thing. When I was 30 I went to Tunisia for my birthday and I drank blue milk at Luke’s house. I don’t think we planned it, it was just there was this shot that had to dolly in towards the kitchen, and there was a glass, and we were like, “can we get some blue dye? Can we make this blue milk?” It wasn’t supposed to be front and centre, it’s just the way it turned out. But there’s loads of little Easter eggs in there. To some extent it was hard not to turn it into an Easter egg full of Easter eggs. I feel there was a thousand things we could have done and we probably did like 50.
On His Secret Cameo:
I got a cameo in the film as well, I was at the very end. I’m not sure I should say [where]…
So, how do you guys feel about all this? What did you think of Rogue One? Some parts were simply breathtaking, while other moments felt a little out of place in a film such as this. I think Rogue One‘s biggest flaw is its tone; but, hey, what the heck do I know?! If you haven’t check out Rogue One, you totally can as it is in cinemas now.
Source: Empire Magazine