Rogue One A Star Wars Story - Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe, Wen Jiang as Baze Malbus, Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso

For additional reading, Mashable has answered 17 questions from Rogue One using information from the novelization. I especially enjoyed these details about why Jyn Erso is in prison when he first meet her adult self in the film:

It seems our hero has been in and out of prison since leaving Saw Gererra. The book finds her in her cell lamenting that “she couldn’t blame some petty dictator for ordering her dragged off the street and slammed into holding when she really, truly was planning to blow up his ship and steal his guns.”

Her sentence was 20 years, but she expected to die in five. Not least because of that tentacled creature on the opposite bunk in Jyn’s cell — a woman called Nail, nicknamed “Kennel” for the parasites in her jacket. Nail is quite open about the fact that she intends to kill Jyn.

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For additional extracurricular reading, IGN has assembled a look at what Darth Vader did in between the events of Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One. When he wasn’t chilling out in his bacta tank in his castle on planet Mordor, the dark lord of the Sith was starring in several novels and playing a key role in Star Wars Rebels.

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You see that gentleman in the orange X-Wing pilot suit standing behind Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso? That’s Harb Binli, otherwise known as Red Seven of Red Squadron. But he’s played by Ben Hartley, a former Navy pilot who has worked as a technical advisor on major Hollywood films in the past, specializing in recruiting former soldiers to appear in major movies. The Hollywood Reporter has published an interesting profile on how he came to be involved in Rogue One, where he served as an aviation advisor before his big close-up:

When they reshot it the second time, I was right behind Felicity and when they did the final reshoot – where much of the footage is from – the AD kept pushing me further forward. When they framed up the camera, they realized they needed to fill a gap so I was drawn right to the front of the table. From that point I absolutely knew that I was going to be quite key in this scene.

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Donnie Yen’s Chirrut Îmwe may not be a Jedi and he may not wield as lightsaber, but he does follow the path of the Force and we now know that his weapon of choice comes equipped with its own kyber crystal. As explained by the Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide book (via Screenrant):

Designed as a symbolic source of inner illumination, it also allows Chirrut to better gauge where the end of the staff is, as he can hear both the battery and crystal harmonic.

In the film, we see Chirrut pick Jyn out from a crowd by sensing the kyber crystal around her neck, so him keeping one of these Jedi artifacts in his staff makes practical and symbolic sense.

We’ve already written a great deal about the footage from the Rogue One trailers that didn’t end up in the finished film, but this new video is a fine recap of both known and unknown information.

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And finally, Rogue One composer Michael Giacchino appeared on the latest episode of NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me show, showing up in the “Not My Job” segment.

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