Star Wars Rebels Rogue One Battle of Scarif

Star Wars Rebels fans may have noticed a few intriguing Easter eggs scattered around Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — and, seeing as the film and the show are set just a few years apart and take place within the same interconnected universe, started wondering if we might get some sort of crossover down the line. Well, Dave Filoni isn’t ruling it out. The Rebels executive producer floated the possibility of revisiting the Battle of Scarif someday, this time from the perspective of the Rebels characters.

Filoni dug into the Rebels references in Rogue One with Entertainment Weekly. (While we already linked to this story in our comprehensive guide of Rogue One Easter eggs, we thought this info worth highlighting separately.) The Ghost, the familiar ship from Rebels, can be spotted on the launch pad at the Rebellion headquarters on Yavin 4, and is even more prominently featured in the final battle above Scarif. “I already have some theories about the story behind it,” Filoni said of the Ghost’s involvement in that fight. “I can imagine doing that entire [Scarif] battle from their point of view, whoever is on the Ghost at that point.”

Hera Syndulla

In addition, Filoni clarified a throwaway line heard in Rogue One. During the scene on Yavin 4, someone pages a “General Syndulla” over the intercom. Currently on Rebels, Hera Syndulla is not a general but her father is, which led some viewers to assume the call was for him. But no, Filoni confirms that it’s a reference to Hera’s future. “The movie gives that away, but I would rather have all the [references] be right,” he said. “Hera will eventually become a general in the Rebel Alliance.”

The first season of Star Wars Rebels takes place about five years before the events of A New Hope. The current third season is set around two years before A New Hope. And Rogue One unfolds very shortly before the beginning of that film. So while the Battle of Scarif is still a little while off in Rebels, it’s not inconceivable that the Ghost crew could be headed there within the next couple of seasons.

When Disney took over the Star Wars franchise, they promised a new canon in which everything would be perfectly interconnected. There are advantages and disadvantages to this approach, but Rebels episode that revisits Rogue One would be a great way to make the most of the fact that all these shows and movies (and comics, and novels, and games, and everything else) are playing in the same sandbox. It’d offer a different perspective on a story we already thought we knew, much in the same way that Rogue One added new depth to the beginning of A New Hope.

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