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Gareth Edwards Talks ‘Rogue One’ Cameos and Continuity

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IT IS REALLY SAFE TO SAY THAT THIS ARTICLE HAS A FAIR AMOUNT OF SPOILERS FOR ‘ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY’. I WOULD SKIP THIS ARTICLE IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE FILM YET, OR DON’T LIKE BEING SPOILED. I’LL EVEN PUT A PICTURE HERE SO YOU WON’T GET TEMPTED TO PEEK ANYWAY.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was an amazing film that led right up to the starting sequence for Star Wars: A New Hope. The film is exciting, unique, and really does a great job of matching the look and feel of the old trilogy. You really buy into the new characters that the film introduces, and as a result, every fan leaves the theater happy.

One of the best things about Rogue One are the Easter Eggs and all of the little cameos laced into the film. Several references and cameos of major characters from A New Hope were included in the film. Some of them were altered digitally, cosmetically, and even completely created for the film to resemble the way that they appeared in the 1977 film.

Star Wars: Rogue One, Disney
There is a traitor in the ranks of the Empire in ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’. Image: Disney

Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing) was completely created digitally for the film, because Cushing passed away in 1994. It was a digital effects marvel to see how they recreated him for the film. Although, you can see how slightly unrealistic he looks knowing this information. A more convincing cameo was the appearance of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) at the end of the film. You can hardly tell that this is a digital creation, although it is unknown whether the scene came from old footage cut from Star Wars.

Some other cameos include Garven Dress as Red Leader and Jon Vander as Gold Leader in the battle for Scarif. Edwards claims that the effects crew used never-before-used footage from old reels of Star Wars: A New Hope. He tells Radio Times:

“As we’re walking around, and doing all the cool things and looking at the Millennium Falcon and trying on Han Solo’s jacket and things like that, in the back at the bottom was all these cans of film and we said, ‘What are they?’ and they said, ‘Oh, it’s Star Wars.’”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Entertainment Weekly
Who is Jyn Erso, and What drives her character? Image: Entertainment Weekly

Using classic footage from the original Star Wars film is an impressive idea. The effects flawlessly meld into Rogue One with ease. Edwards said that after watching the deleted footage from the Death Star battle, he found a way to write the pilots and their lines into the script for Rogue One. This is an impressive feat. It shows Disney’s dedication to keeping the story fluid and respecting the past films.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is currently in theaters.

Brad Repka
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