Posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Rogue One Bits:
- Details on the massive launch of the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer.
- Forest Whitaker explains why Saw Gerrera is like Darth Vader.
- Felicity Jones and Gareth Edwards talk Jyn Erso.
- Two fan-made trailers have already arrived in the wake of the new official preview.
- A very close look at one of Rogue One‘s most intriguing images.
- Natalie Portman and screenwriter Gary Whitta visited the set.
- A first look at the new U-Wing toy.
Forest Whitaker sat down with Entertainment Weekly to talk about his role as Saw Gerrera in Rogue One and he dropped this interesting tidbit – his Rebel extremist is more like Darth Vader than you’d think:
There are some similarities. I don’t know if I should tell you that.
He is, of course, referring to how they are both willing to go to extreme measures to get the job done, but the similarities do go beyond that. Like Vader, Saw is reliant on his bulky metal suit to keep him alive:
This is his armored suit for flight, but also for maintenance. He’s been through many conflicts and many wars, so it’s also about [repairing] some of the many injuries he’s had. He wears it all the time.
But unlike Darth Vader, Saw has friends and allies, namely Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso:
He’s really close to her, and they have a very powerful relationship. He’s talking about how you maybe make compromises that may harm people, or may harm the situation, or people may question it, but if you’re doing it for the good, there’s a positive thing about that. But what does it make you become? And how do you change as a person?
So there you go! Now you know exactly what he’s going on about in that first trailer.
Speaking of Jyn, Entertainment Weekly also has a new article all about Rogue One‘s lead character. Here’s director Gareth Edwards on why he cast Jones, who doesn’t look like your typical action hero, as a badass Rebel soldier:
There were a lot of people who could learn how to fight and beat people up and do the physical side of it. For me, the most interesting thing is when there’s a crack in the armor, when you can glimpse the vulnerability in someone. You can just hang the camera on Felicity and not say a word, and you can feel her having a million different thoughts. You get interested in what she’s thinking and what’s going on. She can be very observant within a scene. It doesn’t always have to be about her directly, but we’re experiencing it through her. She just has that knack for pulling you in.
Jones herself spoke about the female members of the Rebel Alliance and how it’s an equal opportunity group that just so happens to be led by a powerful woman:
I would say there’s a huge amount of respect for women in the Rebellion. Mon Mothma is ultimately, for Jyn, someone she looks up to. So even as the film opens [Jyn] has a very strong female role model in front of her, and someone she respects.
Daisy Ridley’s Rey set the bar high for new female heroes in Star Wars movies, but Jyn sounds like a very different kind of character, the daring rogue to Rey’s innocent warrior.
And while we’re on the subject of the women of the Star Wars universe… The LA Times has published an article about Natalie Portman and her directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, but the piece also contains a morsel about how the former Padmé Amidala is staying in the Star Wars family:
She had just returned from London, where she was filming Annihilation at Pinewood Studios, on stages adjacent to where the next two Star Wars movies were in production. Portman, who many moviegoers first encountered as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequels, said she enjoyed visiting the sets of Rogue One and Episode VIII.“It’s fun to see that [Star Wars] lives on, and now having a little boy, I see how deeply it lives in kids’ culture,” she said, noting that [her five year old son] Aleph has not seen any of the films but is familiar with the characters because of Star Wars Lego games. “He’s very Yoda-centric.”
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) August 15, 2016
Because we’re talking about people visiting the set of Rogue One, here’s a fun Tweet from screenwriter Gary Whitta, where he reveals the tiny piece of the film that he has in his possession.