Edwards: “Rogue One” Takes A “Different Path”

Some complaints that have been lobbed against Gareth Edwards’ upcoming “Star Wars” spin-off feature “Rogue One” is that by dealing with the original Death Star, the film will follow a quite safe and predictable path.

Edwards however says the film will take directions you won’t expect, despite all of us knowing the ending. He tells USA Today:

“Events take place that just shatter her [Jyn Erso] life and send her off to basically be raised as a soldier in the midst of a war. She ends up not the person she was supposed to be… Even though we’re not telling the story of Luke Skywalker, it was important to me that we capture the same themes and emotion. But the film doesn’t unfold how you think. It’s not the same path as Star Wars.”

Meanwhile he spoke with EW about the film’s ending and how they had to write the script essentially in reverse:

“The thing every [filmmaker] typically struggles with is ‘How does it end?’. But we knew how our film was going to end. Our problem became ‘How do we reverse engineer from that and know where to start?’ You’ve got a finite number of options and you go through them all like a puzzle to find the one that’s going to lead to the strongest result.”

We’ll see for ourselves when “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens in cinemas in mid-December.