Rogue One: A Star Wars Story co-writers Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz revealed one of the rebels was originally a double agent for the Empire.
Lucasfilm’s first standalone Star Wars film, titled Rogue One, centered on the team of rebels who stole the plans that were used to destroy the Death Star in A New Hope. Among those rebels was an intelligence officer named Cassian Andor, portrayed by The Terminal and Elysium star Diego Luna.
While Rogue One made it clear that Cassian Andor had committed questionable acts during his time with the rebel alliance, there was little to no doubt that he was truly dedicated to the cause of defeating the Empire. However, co-writers Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz revealed that the character was originally written as a double agent working for the Empire during an interview with IGN:
“For a long time, he was working for the Empire. I think this was a rationale that I added in, was that he had lost people who had been killed by Saw Gererra. And all he wanted from the Empire was the go-ahead and the ability to kill Saw Gererra, rather than Galen Erso. And that kind of transmogrified along the lines – post-me and Gary – into a Rebel intelligence officer who had done terrible things. And here, he chooses not to.”
Gary Whitta added that Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor would have eventually flipped to the rebel alliance, but he would have had to earn back the trust of Jyn Erso after being exposed as a spy:
“He was a rebel soldier who was secretly working for Krennic. But then, as he grew closer to Jyn and realized that the Empire had built this weapon, he’s like ‘I never signed up for this! I didn’t sign up for killing planets!’ He has a change of heart, and flips to the Rebel side. But that’s after he’s exposed as a spy. And at that point, in the third act, he has to win Jyn’s trust back. That was all fun, that was all interesting. I think they actually shot some of that stuff early on. But I think this version ended up being more nuanced and more interesting.”
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Here is the official synopsis for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story:
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Directed by Gareth Edwards from a screenplay co-written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy based on a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now available on Digital HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD.