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Gareth Edwards talks Krennic and Vader, plus ticket pre-sale info coming soon

USA Today has more really interesting details about December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This time Brian Truitt sat down with director Gareth Edwards who spilled a little on Director Krennic’s accent and personality and what it was like directing Darth Vader.

Star Wars fans are are familiar with the very posh Grand Moff Tarkin but Edwards says Krennic is much more of a everyman’s Imperial leader:

Edwards recalls Mendelsohn asking if he should adopt “a very posh English accent.” But the director preferred Krennic, the man in charge of the advanced weapons research wing of the Imperial military, not be a part of that boys club.

“It feels like if the Empire ever have a job vacancy, they go to the Royal Shakespeare Company to headhunt people,” Edwards says. “I like the idea that Ben’s character was much more working-class” and rose in the ranks “through sheer force of personality and ideas.”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) Ph: Jonathan Olley �Lucasfilm LFL 2016.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn)
Ph: Jonathan Olley
Copyright Lucasfilm LFL 2016.

It’s not all sunshine and roses for dear Director Krennic though, as it appears he doesn’t fit in too well with his comrades:

That said, the director adds, Krennic “hits a brick wall in the hierarchy where they won’t let him in the club and it’s going to turn into a them-or-us situation: either Krennic or Tarkin and the others.”

I’m particularly interested in that little tidbit as we will get to learn a lot more about a younger Director Krennic and his old pal Galen Erso in the upcoming novel Rogue One: Catalyst, out November 15th. Pre-order on Amazon.

On working with Darth Vader on set, Edwards said everyone couldn’t help but be a little starstruck:

“It’s like we’re at the playground again and there’s this hero sort of standing there,” Edwards says. “You end up very respectful of him: Even though you know there’s a guy inside the outfit, you still talk to him like he’s Vader.”

Check out the rest of the interview over at USA Today.


In ticket sale news, the official IMAX Twitter tweeted the following out today:

Jason said ticket says should be starting the first week of November, so here’s hoping tomorrow is an announcement of a firm date!

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