“Rogue One” Novel Reveals Krennic Backstory

We’ve seen Ben Mendelsohn’s Director Krennic in the various trailers and TV spots for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” but so far the character has yet to speak and not a lot is known about him other than his role as the film’s antagonist.

Now, details of a tie-in novel for the film titled “Catalyst” have arrived and will explore the early days of Orson Krennic. Star Wars Underworld unearthed the publisher’s synopsis for the James Luceno-penned novel which hits shelves November 15th. Here’s the breakdown:

“War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before their enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.

Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal.

While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor’s tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic’s web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.”

Mads Mikkelsen plays Galen and Felicity Jones is Jyn in the upcoming “Rogue One” film and the synopsis essentially confirms talk Galen would be responsible for creating the Death Star superlaser.

In related news, Hot Toys has unveiled its Death Trooper Specialist figure from the film. Heaps of details and photos of the product can be found at Hot Toys or by clicking the photo below: