Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a 2016 American epic space opera movie directed by Gareth Edwards. The screenplay was done by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, and it comes from a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta. The movie was produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first installment of the Star Wars Anthology series, set immediately before the events of the original Star Wars movie, and follows a group of rebels on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, the Galactic Empire’s superweapon.
2. The cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, and Forest Whitaker.
3. The movie grossed over $1 billion worldwide, making it the 24th highest grossing movie of all time, unadjusted for inflation, and the second highest grossing movie of 2016.
4. It received two Academy Awards nominations for Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects.
5. Diego Luna, who plays Cassian Andor, improvised the K2-SO’s slap across Cassian’s face on Jedha.
6. The rebel base at Yavin IV features several full sized cardboard cutouts of X-Wings and Y-Wing fighters, using the same technique of filling out the hanger as in the original Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
7. Rogue One is the first Star Wars movie in which no one mentions the name “Skywalker.”
8. Darth Vader’s appearance in Rogue One is meticulously patterned after his look in the original Star Wars movies. While Darth Vader’s chest plate is uncovered in later installments, his costume initially had his Sith robes draped over his shield, as well as red lenses in the eye holes of the mask. Considering that Rogue One takes days before the original movie, the costume designers recreated Darth Vader’s look down to the smallest detail.
9. The movie confirms through dialogue that the Death Star can travel through hyperspace, though it’s never seen entering, within, or emerging from hyperspace.
10. George Lucas loved the movie so much that director Gareth Edwards posted on his Twitter feed, “It was the most important review to me he’s kind of like God, I will take that conversation to my grave, his opening means the world to me.”
11. A jug of blue milk can be seen in Lyra’s kitchen when Jyn is hurriedly packing her things. Blue milk first appeared in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope in Aunt Beru’s kitchen when Uncle Owen was advising Luke to stay away from Mr. Kenobi.
12. The planet Coruscant, capital of the Galaxy, is seen in the background of Jyn Erso’s flashback to her childhood where her father Galen Erso is talking with Orsen Krennic.
13. Saw Gerrera’s line, “What will you become?”, that was used in the trailer, was improvised by Forest Whitaker.
14. Alan Tudyk, Diego Luna and Felicity Jones lived together on a boat during filming in the Maldives.
15. Chirrut stated, “the strongest stars have hearts of kyber.” As kyber crystals are revealed to be used as fuel for the Death Star, it makes the station’s name appropriate.
16. Rogue One is the first theatrical Star Wars movie to have dialogue in the closing scene.
17. Tony Gilroy was paid $5 million for 12 weeks work on script revising and re-shoots, especially on the third act. He also recommended to the producers to hire his brother, editor John Gilroy, to edit the re-shot footage. None of the first two trailer footage made it into the final movie.
18. The character name Jyn Erso is thought to be a reference to Jan Ors, a character in the video game Star Wars: Dark Forces. In the first mission of the game, Ors and Kyle Katarn recover the plans to the Death Star.
19. Gareth Edwards said that he came up with the planet name Scarif after ordering a coffee in Starbucks, which is known for writing down the names of their customers on the cups. The barista misspelled Gareth’s name as “Scareth” which he used as inspiration for the planet.
20. Because a lot of the movie was shot at Pinewood Studios near Wembley, where Riz Ahmed grew up, Riz spent most of the shoot living at his parents’ house.
21. Rogue One is the first Star Wars movie to introduce locations with on-screen captions.
22. Rogue One was shipped to theaters under the name “Los Alamos.”
23. At on point, Captain Cassian Andor says the phrase, “Punch it,” to his co-pilot K2-SO. In the original saga, Han Solo says, “Okay, punch it Chewie.”
24. Chirrut Imwe, the blind Guardian of the Whills, is based on Zatoichi, the title protagonist of a long running Japanese movie franchise.
25. Wobani, the planet where Jyn Erso is imprisoned at the beginning of the movie, is an anagram for Obi-Wan, as in Obi-Wan Kenobi.
26. When Jyn is being transported to the prison, the vehicle she’s being transported is a Clone Turbo Tank that first appeared in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
27. In the first trailer, there’s a scene where captured X-Wing pilots are marched through Jedha City. Although the scene was cut for the final release, a crashed X-Wing is visible in the background when Baze and Chirrut first fight the stormtroopers. However, this X-Wing has black and white markings, identifying it as one of Saw Gerrera’s partisan ships.
28. The Citadel and the planet Scarif, where Imperial data is stored in the movie, is reminiscent of the planet Rakata Prime, which first appeared in the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
29. Despite being a character trademark, Rogue One is the first Star Wars movie that Darth Vader says the word “choke.”
30. Rogue One is the first ever Star Wars movie in which the title of the movie is actually spoken by characters in the movie, as “Rogue One” is used as a callsign.