Rogue One Bits: New Details on Jedha, a Mysterious New Planet Name, and a First Look at New LEGO Sets
Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Rogue One Bits:
- Hi-res stills from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story finally arrive.
- Gareth Edwards reveals more information about the new planet Jedha.
- A name on a new action figure leads to a full-fledged nerd investigation.
- Take a look at the first wave of Rogue One LEGO sets.
- Have we seen the planet Scarif in another Star Wars legend?
- A walking tour of the Death Star hangar bay.
A new Rogue One TV spot played during the Olympics, featuring footage of various athletes intercut with scenes from the film. There’s not too much here, although we are treated to a few new shots of various characters. The embed above isn’t pretty, but it’ll get the job done for now.
At Star Wars Celebration, we learned about the planet Jedha, a place of great spiritual importance for believers in the Force…and also a place occupied by Imperial forces. You’ve already seen Jedha in the released Rogue One footage – the Jedha scenes were shot in Jordan and the Middle Eastern location lends a certain amount of weight to the story of an occupied and war torn region.
We know that many of the main characters in Rogue One converge on Jedha, so Entertainment Weekly sat down with director Gareth Edwards to discuss this planet and its importance to the film as a whole. As Edwards explains, this story is set in a universe where people are losing faith, making Jedha more important than ever to true believers:
The Force is basically in Star Wars like a religion, and they’re losing their faith in the period that we start the movie. We were trying to find a physical location we could go to that would speak to the themes of losing your faith and the choice between letting the Empire win, or evil win, and good prevailing. It got embodied in this place we called Jedha.
However, the Imperial occupation isn’t just about trampling on the memory of the Jedi. Although he doesn’t reveal any details, there is something on Jedha that is important to both sides of the conflict:
There’s something very important in Jedha that serves both the Jedi and the Empire. It felt very much like something we could relate to in the real world.
While Edwards is keeping the details close to the vest, it seems that nobody got around to telling star Donnie Yen that this is classified information. In a completely separate interview, the actor behind the blind warrior Chirrut (who we meet as he makes a spiritual pilgrimage to Jedha) explained that…well, if Edwards wants to keep it a secret, we should consider it a spoiler. The video below and the next paragraph should be considered spoiler territory for sensitive parties.
— ExtraTV (@extratv) July 17, 2016
So there you go: Jedha is home to resources that are necessary to construct lightsabers. Could that mean Kyber crystals, the rare, Force-enhanced resources that form the cores of Jedi weapons? If so, it’s easy to imagine that these same crystals could be used to create another powerful weapon, albeit something on a much larger scale. Maybe Jedha is so important to the Empire because they’re using old Jedi resources to construct the Death Star.
First of all, here’s a new look at Diego Luna‘s Cassian Andor, the Rebel Alliance soldier assigned to work with (and possibly corral) Felicity Jones‘ Jyn Erso. More importantly, you can see Bistan, AKA Space Monkey, standing in the crowd behind him.
Speaking of Cassian, Star Wars News Net taken one look at a leaked image of his Black Series action figure and has done some impressive digging. It seems that the packaging features a name we haven’t seen before: Eadu. As the collectors in the audience know, Star Wars Black series figures tend to feature planet names alongside character names on the packaging, allowing for buyers to distinguish between multiple different versions of the character (which also allows Lucasfilm and Hasbro to sell the same character several times in different costumes). This means that the outfit Cassian is wearing in this plastic figure is the one he wears on Eadu…wherever that is.
You should click the link above if you want to the whole story (and it is a fun journey down the Rogue One rabbit hole), but there are two obvious contenders here. Eadu could be the barren planet with the dark soil we’ve seen in several images, mainly because these scenes were filmed in Iceland and they would necessitate the heavy clothing Cassian is wearing on his tiny plastic body. However, it could also be the name of a city on the planet Jedha, because he is also wearing that same outfit in those scenes.