Rogue One: A Star Wars Story features a number of cameos and easter eggs for fans to discover upon multiple viewings of the film. However, one of the first to be discovered and perhaps the most exciting to fans of the animated series Star Wars Rebels was the inclusion of the shows famous ship, The Ghost, in the films final space battle. In an interview with Comicbook.com, executive producer and visual effects supervisor John Knoll shared the behind-the-scenes story on how they managed to include The Ghost in Rogue One.
Knoll explained the a Star Wars Rebels crossover with Rogue One had been discussed since the early stages of both projects.
“Rebels was in development around the same time that I was developing the initial story pitch on this, and the proximity and time seemed like a natural fit, that maybe there needs to be some crossover. At some point in the Rebels show, maybe you’ll see some characters from this movie and maybe there’s something we can incorporate from Rebels into Rogue One.”
Knoll detailed how including The Ghost required a few adjustments to the popular ship to properly translate it from animation to ‘live-action’.
“I got talking with [Rebels showrunner] Dave Filoni about that, and I asked, ‘what are your plans for the show? Would it be appropriate if The Ghost showed up in the space battle?’ He was pretty enthusiastic about that, and we got the CG model from him. Obviously it was built for doing an animated show, so it needed a bit of a rebuild and texture and detail upgrade to work in a feature film, but it was really a fun project. It’s a nice little gesture to the fans. If you recognize it for what it is, that’s great, and if you don’t, it’s just another bit of variety of ships in the space battle.”
The crossover between Rogue One and Star Wars Rebels will continue when Forest Whitaker reprises his role as Saw Gerrera on the animated series.
Star Wars Rebels airs on Saturday at 8:30 PM ET on Disney XD.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now playing in theaters!