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You need to tread lightly whenever you deal with news and rumors concerning the names of characters in Star Wars movies. After all, each character tends to have a codename that is used on set to throw people off the scene of the truth. Remember when Rey was supposedly named Kira? Anyway, Making Star Wars reports that the rumors are true and (minor spoilers ahead) that Mads Mikkelsen’s Rogue One character is named Galen. They also note that Forest Whitaker’s character may be named Castro, but they cannot confirm whether or not that’s his actual character name or a codename. Since Whitaker appears to be playing a rebel leader of some kind, Castro would be an interesting alias, directly recalling Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution…but also everything else that followed it. Or maybe I’m just overthinking it.

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Disney and Lucasfilm are going out of their way to ensure that this year’s Star Wars Celebration is a proper event and the schedule is increasingly full of special guests and panels that should have your curiosity (if not your full and undivided attention). It was recently revealed that this year’s Celebration will feature an exhibit centered on the costumes and props of Rogue One:

Fans attending Star Wars Celebration can look forward to yet another exclusive experience that only Celebrations can provide: a sneak peek at some of the costumes and props that will be featured in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, curated especially for the show.

Plans are in the works for a walk-through exhibit where fans can get up close to admire the craftsmanship and incredible design of artifacts actually used on the Rogue One sets.

This special exhibit of Rogue One props and costumes will be available all three days of the show to anyone holding a valid Star Wars Celebration ticket.

Our own Peter Sciretta is attending Star Wars Celebration, so we can probably count on him to bring back some images to share with the class.

Star Wars: Rogue One

Let’s conclude today’s post with a Making Star Wars story that contains some potential mild spoilers. Feel free to avoid reading on if you want to go in as fresh as possible.

Kyber crystals are one of the key components used in the construction of lightsabers, but they were also apparently utilized in the construction of the Death Star’s superlaser. It seems that these crystals are present in the film in some capacity:

The crates themselves are called Kyber crystal crates on set. The crystals are being taken (mined?) from a mountain where they are placed into crates. There is a communication platform there on the side of the mountain where Imperial scientists reside. Death Squad’s Death Troopers are also at the location for the sequence. On set there were a lot of crates. We may have seen these crates in drone photos but we aren’t certain yet.

It’s not clear if the location being described is an Imperial base of some kind or a mine where the crystals are being collected, but it’s an interesting detail. With no Jedi present in Rogue One, this would serve as a reminder of their existence…and how the Empire is utilizing a vital element of the Order’s past to create a new weapon. For more details, make sure you click the link above.

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