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Post#1 » Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:13 pm

(I apologize up front for the first three long posts / wall of images)

I had started a similar Thread on the Playdom Forum in that Forum''s Off Topic Section but sadly it is no longer accessible and no archived version can be found. So I am recreating this Thread here. What follows is a chronological list of key "announcements" and "finds" from January 2016 to date.

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1. What Is Rogue One About?

Rogue One is set between the films Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, during the Age of the Empire. The official plot description follows:

A band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans.

2. What Genre Will the Rogue One Story Be? 1

...the standalone films can be a wide variety of genres inside the Star Wars universe.


Lucasfilm Story Group head Kiri Hart has described Rogue One as a “period piece”:

In the case of Rogue One, we’re essentially making a period piece. The benefit of making additional episodes that move forward on the timeline is that we are making new space for ourselves.

3. Have Any Official Rogue One Photos Been Released? 1

At the 2015 D23 Expo, Lucasfilm released the following first look cast photo for Rogue One, which features (left to right) Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.

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4. How About Rogue One Concept Art? 1

Disney’s Bob Iger released the following piece of Rogue One concept art, first at an investors’ meeting in March and then later to the public.

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5. What Is This Teaser Trailer? 1,2

At Star Wars Celebration (2015), Gareth Edwards surprised the crowd with a teaser trailer for the film which was cut especially for the convention.

A card with “December 2016” fades in and out, with a sound that is somewhere between a slow Inception horn and a lightsaber. Then a familiar voice: Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi, saying “For more than a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the old Republic. Before the dark times. Before the Empire.”

As he speaks, the teaser fades in on a tracking shot, high up through a forested canyon. We hear a TIE Fighter pass overhead, and see the ship move forward into frame as the camera continues to push forward. We see, dominating the sky, the outline of what could be a moon. But that’s no moon, it’s a… well, you know what it is. The Death Star. Music swells and the screen goes black. The Rogue One logo comes up, and we hear radio voices, like troops communicating during combat. The chatter gets more frantic and loud as light strobes on the logo, which finally breaks up as the sound cuts out.


⇨ View Rogue One Teaser Trailer (taken by audience member)
**Note video include older title of Rogue One - Anthology Series


6. Will Rogue One Feature Any Jedi? 1

Rogue One is set in a time when the Jedi are basically extinct, and director Gareth Edwards has said there are no warriors with “magical powers” to save the day.

“It’s about the fact that God’s not coming to save us,” said Edwards. “The absence of the Jedi hangs over the movie.

7. Star Wars Movie Posters (First Looks - January 2016):

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8. Why The Name Change? 3,4

Early on this movie was called Rogue One - Star Wars Anthology Series and was later change to simply Rogue One - A Star Wars Story. Here is some history:

According to Kathleen Kennedy, the new head of Lucasfilm, Lucas was "really interested in exploring all the stories that existed inside the universe." Lucasfilm settled on calling these non-episodic adventures the Star Wars Anthology Series.

At D23 attendees saw the Logo show at the top of this Thread Post.

When asked by Jason Ward (note #4), to a few people about the change in the know, he was told “A Star Wars Story” is the likely subtitle that will be used to present the film and inform consumers that it is a stand-alone spin-off film. However, “Anthology” isn’t dead yet but is likely to be used in the future to keep the Blu-ray and digital releases together on store shelves and in listings.

9. When Will Rogue One Be Released?

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is scheduled to hit theaters on December 16, 2016.

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Post#2 » Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:14 pm

Most of what is posted in the Main Thread Post was found in the Main Thread Post from my original Thread found on the Playdom Forum. What follows is some more topics gleaned from images that I still have on my imgur.com account.

1. Behind The Scenes Photos (First Looks - Found Janary 2016):

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2. New Empire Stormtroopers Revealed:

The following image started everyone talking about the new Rogue One Stormtroopers.

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Early on the Black Helmet was thought to belong to a Shadow Trooper which were accompineed by the following images:

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It is now generally agreed upon that the Black Helmet belongs to a the Death Trooper (shown below) which is also being discussed here.

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As for the Tan Helmet current speculation is that is belongs to the Shoretroopers as reported here.

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3. Star Wars Rogue One Costumes:

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4. Star Wars Rogue One Film Logo: 1

The film's logo may have also been revealed by a listing of a duffel bag given to cast and crew on eBay.

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Key Movie Related Events Since April 2016

04-07-2016 - Star Wars: Rogue One - Official HD Movie Trailer:

Check out the first Star Wars Rogue One Official HD Movie Trailer.

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04-18-2016 - Rogue One Imperial AT-AT is a NEW VERSION: 1

Setting: a humid tropical planet.

Amid the swaying trees, Jyn Erso and her band of misfits have just blown up an Imperial landing craft. Dozens of stormtroopers lie dead, while their black-clad deathtrooper comrades race to the scene. The rebels fight back, and a firefight erupts.

And then…. walkers! The famous All-Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT) makes its first appearance in the Rogue One trailer.

But these are NOT your grandpa’s AT-ATs. Take a closer look.

Here’s the head-on view:
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And here it is side-by-side with its predecessor. Or in the Star Wars timeline, its successor:
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05-05-2016 - Darth Vader Confirmed To Be In Rogue One: 2

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According to Jason Ward2 after meeting with sources we have been able to verify that the Darth Vader we saw from the photo shoot is from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The rumor is that the Rogue One production also recreated Darth Vader’s meditation chamber from The Empire Strikes Back.

05-16-2016 - Rogue One: The Official Visual Story Guide: 3

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The Guide shows a new TIE Striker for the Empire and the U-wing for the Rebels. For the AT-AT it says “AT-ACT” on the bottom of the page. The AT-ACT could be an All-Terrain Armored Carrier Transport for all we know, but it could also be a placeholder piece of text. The U-wing doesn’t say U-wing anywhere on the page either, so there is a chance that’s the name. Both of the ships remind me of Star Wars: The Force Awakens concept art for Resistance ships. The book also appears to confirm Y-wings, AT-STs, and Darth Vader.

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05-25-2016 - New ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Artwork Reveals Shoretroopers, AT-ACTs and More: 4

⇨ Click here to see some cool high resolution artwork from Disney. At the link you will find:

  1. A squadron of Death Troopers, which we saw in the Star Wars: Rogue One trailer but now have official names.
  2. A first look at a new class of Stormtroopers named Shoretroopers:
  3. A clear look at the film’s new class of AT-AT’s called AT-ACT which stands for All Terrain Armored Cargo Transport:
⇨ NOTE: Above link discusses The Star Wars Show, Disney’s official weekly Star Wars weberies .

05-31-2016 - ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Reshoots Planned After Disney Reportedly Unhappy with First Cut: 5

If a new rumor is to be believed, now that Disney has seen the first cut of the movie, they’re not very happy with the what director Gareth Edwards has done. In an attempt to repair the movie, some “expensive reshoots” have been planned.

Unnamed source says:

The execs at Disney are not happy with the movie, and ‘Rogue One’ will have to go back into four weeks of expensive reshoots in July.

Gareth’s work on the first ‘Godzilla’ shows he can handle a big studio blockbuster. But ‘Rogue One’ has fallen short of what J.J. Abrams did with ‘Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens.’ So Disney has ordered reshoots.


05-31-2016 - ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Will End 10 Minutes Before Episode IV - A New Hope: 6

Rogue One focuses on the fabled mission hinted at in Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope, that of a group of rebels stealing the plans to the Death Star. The plans later end up in the hands of Princess Leia, who transfers them to R2-D2.

This is the closest thing to a prequel ever,” a source tells THR. “This takes place just before A New Hope and leads up to the 10 minutes before that classic film begins. You have to match the tone!


06-22-2016 - ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Character Names and Details Officially Revealed [UPDATED] 6

From the source7 we now have better knowledge of some of the character names and the Actors whom will play them:

  1. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones)
  2. Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna)
  3. Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen)
  4. Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen)
  5. Bodhi Rook (Riz Amed)
  6. K-2SO (Voice Actor: Alan Tudyk) **That is K-2S0 (with a 'S') and NOT K-250 (with a FIVE '5'')

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  7. Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen)
  8. Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn)
  9. Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker)
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06-30-2016 - Rogue One is Rumored to NOT have 'Star Wars' Opening Title Crawl: 8

Star Wars fans’ ears first perked up when Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy did some damage control about the Rogue One reshoots to Entertainment Weekly, which has become the go-to source for Lucasfilm announcements these days. When the subject turned to how Rogue One would separate itself from the other Star Wars movies, Kennedy said the approach to distinction was still in flux.

“It’s something that we’re right in the midst of discussing even now, so I don’t want to say definitively what were doing, she said. “The crawl and some of those elements live so specifically within the ‘saga’ films that we are having a lot of discussion about what will define the [stand-alone] Star Wars stories separate and apart from the saga films.“

07-15-2016 - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Celebration Reel:

Check out the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Celebration Reel with lots of behind the scenes footage.

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07-28-2016 - Han Solo NOT in Rogue One: 9

Speaking with Extra, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards said, "I’m not sure if I’m allowed to do this, but I think I should. I can put to bed, Han Solo is not in the movie."

Kathleen Kennedy was also asked by Extra whether Han would be in the film and said "No, I can also confirm that" the character will not appear in the upcoming movie.

08-01-2016 - Star Wars: Rogue One TV Spot Trailer:

Check out the first Star Wars Rogue One Official TV Spot Commericial Teaser Trailer.

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08-11-2016 - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer (Official):

Check out the second Star Wars Rogue One Official HD Movie Trailer.

⇨ View Video Here

09-01-2016 - Darth Vaders Armor Sparks Controversy: 10,11

A new image of the Darth Vader from Rogue One has sparked a brand-new controversy among Star Wars fans over what Darth Vader’s armor is supposed to look like. Don’t call it #DarthArmorGate just yet, but there is some serious discussion happening over what Vader wears on his shoulders (#cloakgate, perhaps?).

This all stems from this Rogue One Playing Card image:

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09-01-2016 - ‘Rogue One:’ Meet The New Imperial Droid C2-B5: 12

The latest addition to the Star Wars universe is a C2-B5, an Imperial droid who looks very much like an evil R2-D2.

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SPECULATION: Could this be a new Star Wars Commander Empire Faction Unit?

09-05-2016 - And the wait continues...

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Post#4 » Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:39 pm

Damn, I can't stand the HYPE! Great post DeathStriker! It makes Christmas Season almost bearable... :lol: :)
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Post#5 » Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:22 pm

I just hope this doesn't suck as bad as the last one.


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Post#6 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:23 am

VileDoom wrote:I just hope this doesn't suck as bad as the last one.

Same here. Good thing Whitaker's in this movie. He doesn't participate in bad films, so I guess this gives this particular movie some likeability points. :P
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Post#7 » Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:21 am

Key Movie Related Events Since September 5, 2016

September 15, 2016 - Star Wars: Rogue One Replaces Its Composer 1

Alexandre Desplat was originally slated to compose the music for the new movie. Then the reshoots happened.

Michael Giacchino, the composer behind such films as the Star Trek reboot and Pixar movies ranging from The Incredibles to Inside Out, will score the upcoming pic, stepping in for Alexandre Desplat, who was originally slated to work on the movie.

The recent reshoots are behind the switch, according to sources. Rogue One underwent extensive reshoots this summer that saw writer Tony Gilroy take on a filmmaker role during the shoot and the postproduction process as Disney and Lucasfilm sought to clarify story and tonal issues. But the reshoots also altered the scoring calendar and Desplat, who won an Oscar for The Grand Budapest Hotel, was no longer available. Disney and Lucasfilm then turned to Giacchino, who has a long relationship with the studio and its various divisions.

Giacchino also is a Star Wars fan and appeared as a storm trooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Giacchino will now become the first composer to work on a Star Wars movie other than the film series' iconic mainstay, John Williams, who is slated to return for Star Wars: Episode VIII.

September 21, 2016 - Disney is already lowering box-office expectations for Star Wars: Rogue One 2

Star Wars: The Force Awakens may have been a box-office and cultural phenomenon of face-melting proportions, but Disney doesn’t think anybody should get too excited for a repeat when Rogue One hits theaters later this year. Variety reports that Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger discussed the new entry in the franchise at a Goldman Sachs conference on Wednesday, telling investors that "We never felt it would do the level that Force Awakens did," although he did tout that "the level of interest is as high as it was for Force Awakens."

In reality, Iger’s warning is just common sense. The Force Awakens was the first new Star Wars film in a decade... But Disney clearly sees both Rogue One and its upcoming Han Solo spinoff — each of which are being branded as "A Star Wars Story" — as key to moving forward with the franchise.

September 28, 2016 - Final Rogue One Trailer To Be Released With Dr. Strange 3

During the Kino Expo International, held in St. Petersburg from September 20 – 23, the company WDSSPR held the presentation during which they disclosed a piece of information connected to Rogue One, A Star Wars Story.

Elena Brodskaya, marketing director of Russian subdivision of Walt Disney, presented company’s future movies, among others Beauty and the Beast, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Moana and Doctor Strange.

Speaking about Rogue One, she said that like in the case of The Force Awakens, the company will keep the movie’s secrets until the end but added that the final trailer will be attached to Doctor Strange which opens in Russia on October 28th (November 4 in the US).

October 1, 2016 - Topps Cards (New Characters) 4,5

  1. Gigoran Fighter - Moroff
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    Moroff was described as a Gigoran mercenary that will offer his brawn and firepower to the highest bidder. The gatling gun certainly drives the point home.

  2. ★ New Astromech droit, named R2-BHD
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    At first glance, the new R2 may look like an aluminum garbage can, but a second look tells us that R2-BHD is quite similar to R2-D2, complete with a dome top, tank tracks, a radar eye, holographic projector, system vents and more.

  3. ★ New L-1 Droid
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    New L-1 Droid looks like a bare aluminum C-3PO. Without the gold finish, L-1 Droid looks less friendly. Its black Stormtrooper-like head design doesn't help either.

  4. ★ Blue Mon Cala named Admiral Raddus
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    During the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story™ panel at Celebration Europe earlier this year a sizzle reel was shown to fans attending then later released online. Director Gareth Edwards is shown standing next to a new Mon Calamari in the clip.

    We were then given more new Mon Cal info by Pablo Hidalgo via StarWars.com. “Rogue One will show us Mon Cal from the colder polar extremes.”.

    Now, thanks to the Topps Rogue One patch cards, we know his name is Admiral Raddus.

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10-03-2016 - And the wait continues...

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Post#8 » Fri Oct 14, 2016 5:03 pm

New Rogue One Trailer!

10-13-2016 - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer (Official):

Check out the third Star Wars Rogue One Official HD Movie Trailer.

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How Will Rogue One Change Your View of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope?

As I reported here, back on 05-31-2016 we learned that Star Wars: Rogue One will end about 10 minutes prior to the events seen in the beginning of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope according to the source found here.

Rogue One, which is being referred to as "the closest thing to a prequel ever", will tell the story of the Rebellion stealing plans for the Death Star from the Empire which is mentioned at the beginning of A New Hope.

Because of Rogue One's ending close to where Episode IV begins, there's a very real possibility that audiences will view Episode IV differently when re-watching post-Rogue One, especially with the introduction of new characters and moments that will add weight to the events we're already familiar with.

1. Tantive IV:

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With Rogue One ending roughly ten minutes before the opening of A New Hope, there’s a good chance we’ll be getting to know the crew aboard the infamous Tantive IV in the movie. That being said, Captain Antilles and his crew may feel more significant once we eventually see them take off into the iconic ship. Especially considering we already know the sacrifice they made to get Princess Leia to safety. That said, one has to wonder if this means we may get a glimpse of the young Princess, perhaps right as she boards the ship that will lead her into the hands of the Empire.

Being more familiar with the crew of Tantive IV and their role in obtaining the Death Star plans is sure to give Episode IV more emotional weight. Knowing the fate of their captain especially. We’ll have to see how Rogue One plays out, but we have to believe we’ll be seeing Captain Antilles and his crew at some point in the film even if it’s at the very end.

2. Darth Vader

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Speaking of the Tantive IV, this is the ship where we are introduced to one of cinema's greatest villains. Darth Vader’s screen time may be rather short in A New Hope, but his presence is felt throughout the entire film. If the film’s opening scene is any indication, Darth Vader means business. We've wondered what made Vader so angry at the start of A New Hope and Rogue One may attempt to answer that question.

3. Alderaan

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This may be what is considered the most significant element to come into play in Rogue One. There is speculation that Jyn Erso, and her father Galen Erso, are from the planet of Alderaan. With its beautiful landscape, lush vegetation, and famed citizens, it’s a shame we haven’t learned more about this infamous planet. Given Rogue One's timeframe, it seems likely we - MAY - get our chance to visit.

The planet Alderaan is famous for being not only one of the most beautiful planets in the galaxy but also the original testing site for the Death Star's abilities. Grand Moff Tarkin orders the planet to be decimated in A New Hope, and Leia watches her home planet destroyed in seconds even after giving up the location of the rebel base (albeit an incorrect one). The entire planet, including her family, explode right in front of her eyes.

In A New Hope, Obi-Wan reacts when he senses that many lives were lost, saying:

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

Given the opportunity to learn more about and meet more people from Alderaan, Episode IV will carry much more emotional weight in that scene. Here's hoping Rogue One will delve more deeply into the planet and its inhabitants.

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Post#9 » Sat Oct 15, 2016 12:28 pm

*Insert foot in mouth*

The new trailer looks promising.


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Post#10 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:54 am

As we near the One Month Countdown to the release of Star Wars Rogue One I am growing excited about this new Star Wars Movie "Format" - that is - a single movie which patches / fills in the story from a previous Star Wars Movie to the next Star Wars Movie (Timeline-Wise) and this Star Wars Movie in general.

Key Movie Related Events Since October 13, 2016

10-22-2016 - Rumored Runtime For ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Revealed 1,2

The folks over at Making Star Wars have noted that Australia’s Event Cinemas have a running time for ‘Rogue One’ listed at 133 minutes (2 hours and 13 minutes). This is actually the same runtime as ‘The Phantom Menace,’ and puts it in square in the middle of movie lengths in the rest of the franchise (‘A New Hope‘ is the shortest at 121 minutes, while ‘Attack Of The Clones‘ is the longest at 142 minutes). Again, this likely doesn’t mean anything, but if you wanted to know how long you’ll be glued to the screen, now you know (provided this intel is accurate).

11-08-2016 - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story International Trailer #2 (Official):

Check out the second Star Wars Rogue One Official HD International Movie Trailer.

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Video Screenshot - Death Star In Orbit Over Jedha (from above Trailer) 3
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11-10-2016 - 'Rogue One' Trailer: The Biggest 'Star Wars' Clue Was Easy to Miss 4

Does the latest international trailer reveal something far more important than it first appears? There is an exchange between the young Jyn Erso and the woman assumed to be her mother at 0:26.

Video Screenshots - Jyn Receiving / Having Crystal Pendent (from above Trailer) 3,4
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The focus here is on the pendant Jyn is given by her mother; something so important that we see it in the next scene, as the adult Jyn (Felicity Jones) ponders her fate.

What if that's not just any crystal, but instead a Kyber Crystal?

There are reasons to believe that this is the case; Jedha, the planet at the center of Rogue One, has already been revealed to be the planet where such crystals are mined, meaning that the movie is already concerned with the crystals in some form, which is only understandable — after all, it's Kyber Crystals that power lightsabers, according to the mythology of the franchise.

However, there's another part of Star Wars mythology that suggests that Jyn might be wearing a Kyber Crystal, as well as explaining why the Empire is on Jedha in the first place. Canonically, the Death Star is powered by Kyber Crystals, as well — which might make it particularly significant that the daughter of the man responsible for the creation of the superweapon is wearing a crystal around her neck.

11-14-2016 - And the wait continues...

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