Cameos in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have been a huge topic over the last year and most of those rumors have panned out so far. Everyone from Ponda Baba to Bail Organa has actually turned up on screen. In this article we will briefly discuss some of those rumors. French website tf1.fr has a video interview with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards. In the interview he’s asked if some classic characters are in the film such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and R2-D2. His answers are interesting.
He seems to not be able to answer the question about Leia with a clear yes or no. That portion of the interview is around 6:10. When asked about Leia, Edwards simply answers, “Don’t want to ruin it for people.” You may remember that we reported on Pinewood sources hearing about young Leia in Rogue One on “Now, This is Podcasting!” back in August.
Additionally, friends in merchandise have shown us listings for future products in Rogue One lines with Emperor Palpatine, R2-D2, C-3PO and Princess Leia mentioned on them. We don’t know if they are just producing Rogue One products with characters that were alive at the time, but it is interesting to say the least. We haven’t seen hard evidence other than rumors from people at the studio and this product list so unfortunately we cannot say that Leia is 100% confirmed in the film but there is smoke, so there may be fire. Though it should be noted that the sources that told us about Leia also told us about Tarkin the planet name of Jedha, which has already panned out, as well as Planet X (which we surmised was just a codename for the Death Star based on real-world conspiracy theories). Planet X has turned up on casting listings confirming that codename (Death Troopers were Planet X Aliens in listings).
There were a lot of rumors in the last year or so that the prequels are off the table, but we’ve already heard of some other potential Phantom Menace characters showing up in this movie. If that pans out, it’s going to break the Internet. We’ll see.
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Thank you to Florian and to Galaxie Star Wars for the translated interview below:
- Do you like France, Paris?
- Do you speak French?
- Millions of fans don’t sleep in waiting of your movie. And you?
Yes. But we feel all the pressure of the fans and the studio. But when we turn, we become a child with stormtroopers and X-Wing on the set.
- How would you prepare for this shoot as a child?
There would have been LEGO (laughs). I was taken by surprise. All of my childhood, I saw this text coming up saying that the Rebels stole the plans of the Death Star. I never imagine how. When Disney said they wanted to make a film about this event, I thought this was a sacrilege. Why tell this? Do no touch it. Lucasfilm asked me if I wanted to realize it. It’s awesome.
- What kind of fans are you?
For my 30 years I went to Tunisia where was filmed Episode IV and spent the night in the house of Luke Skywalker. I was seeing the sunset on the salt lake as in the movie.
- The fans of Star Wars are very demanding, your film will necessarily disappoint, you will be criticized, is what you are prepared for this?
I’m ready. We can not make a movie for everyone, otherwise we make a bad movie. Obi Wan said to me: Turn off your computer and the Internet and trust you. There are only 15 days left.
- Why Star Wars makes people crazy?
This tells the lessons of life. Lucas combined the great myths and spaceships to make the perfect movie. And those of my generation have launched into the cinema by wanting to make this type of film.
- Rogue One tells a unique story, a stand alone, here are several questions you answer yes or no.
Will there be Jedi?
Will there be lightsabers?
Darth Vader has one.
Will it be Luke Skywalker?
Will it be Donald Trump?
I will not reveal the end.
Will we see Princess Leia?
I cannot answer
Will it be R2-D2?
I cannot answer.
- You wanted to make a dark film, a realistic war movie, what happened with Disney?
(In French) Yes, very well. Really. They remembered that idea. We took a real war picture and added elements of Star Wars. It was hard-hitting and I said to Disney, that’s what we want to do. They said OK. Disney put a lot of pressure to make the film different from the saga.
- So Disney was cool? They let you make your film. It was said that this was not the case?
No. They were very supportive, it was great.
- You have managed to contain the leaks. How is that possible in 2016?
We eliminated 10 members of the team so that they did not speak. It was ugly.
- No, but seriously. Are there any contracts?
No mobile phone, nothing on the set. I did not have to say anything. It was hard.
- George Lucas went on the set of Rogue One, did he give you advice?
No. There are two things to do in a life. Show his Star Wars movie to George Lucas and be George Lucas in making a Star Wars movie. He made jokes by asking for more digital effects and less construction of the trays. But we do as much practical effect as possible.
- Without having seen a Star Wars movie of his life, we all know the credits. Will we see this text at the beginning of Rogue One?
There is not this scrolling text. But there is a prologue at the beginning of the film that takes place 15 years before the action of the film and that is how the action is exposed. Our film comes from the text of episode IV if we give the text, it would be endless. We really had to differentiate Rogue One from the rest of the saga.
- Was that not frustrating?
At the beginning yes. But the more I thought about it the more it was normal not to have this text. The temptation as a director is to take the most character from other Star Wars to put them in his film. The film should last 10 hours. We have to make choices. We must cut, it is a universe too rich.
- How will you convey the emotion of the story between Jyn Erso and his father?
I was getting out of a big movie, I wanted a vacation and I got a phone call to attend a meeting. I went and it was for Rogue One. I was offered the realization. Shit! We can not refuse that. I had to do it.