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- When George Lucas visits: "I was told on Friday and spent the whole weekend crapping myself," [Rogue One Director Gareth] Edwards said. "I challenge anyone to have a more surreal experience than showing a Star Wars film to George Lucas. He'd criticize things, but then we'd realize he was joking. But we'd all be having heart attacks."
- Felicity Jones on her character Jyn Erso: "I feel there's one major difference between Jyn and other Star Wars heroes, like Rey and Luke, and that main difference is that she isn't a character asking, 'Who am I and where have I come from? We know that about her. And that fact propels the story and is the beginning of Jyn's journey to find out what her reason is and her cause."
- Alan Tudyk on Imperial dropd K2S0: "He's 7-foot-1, and black, which is really my inner person. He's not quite all there; he speaks his mind and says things that could be unsettling ... just very honest. If you know any old people, it's like that!"
Gareth Edwards Interview Highlights
Can you talk about [the planet] Jedah and how that fits in and how you guys envisioned the spiritual world?
GARETH EDWARDS: It came from the fact that the era that our film is set in in theory doesn’t have any Jedi. ... But for me it’s like if A New Hope is kind of the story of Jesus, there must be a whole religion beyond that, and so it felt like what was it a thousand generations the Jedi were the leaders of the spiritual belief system, so it’s like there’s gotta be like a Mecca or Jerusalem within the Star Wars world. It felt very contemporary to have a situation where the Empire were imposing themselves on what means a lot to the spiritual side of Star Wars for their own reasons, their own goals, and within that area there’s a resistance that’s building and trying to fight back, but our characters end up having to go to Jedah and they basically end up getting pulled into their story a bit.
So Jedah and Jedi, there’s a reason for that connection between the two? It’s not just a weird coincidence?
EDWARDS: No, the whole real backstory of it all is really more a thing for the canon and Lucasfilm, but I feel like it’s definitely—if you believe in the Jedi and you believe in the Force, it feels like Jedah is somewhere you should visit in your lifetime. It’s like a spiritual home of the Jedi.
Was it difficult to figure out how much to use Darth Vader in the film?
EDWARD Sure. So hopefully, it was like… I got pulled into making the film through my love of the original films, but then what was a clear conversation that happened early on at Lucasfilm is that we’re doing new things here, this is not a karaoke number or just pure winks and fan service. That’s not going to make a good film.