By: Dominic Jones
Today in San Fransico the cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story gatherer at Lucasfilm to answer questions from select members of the movie press about the film. The event was hosted by The Star Wars Show's Andi Gutierrez and featured cast members Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso), Diego Luna (Cassian Andor), Riz Ahmed (Bodhi Rook), Mads Mikkelsen (Galen Erso), Alan Tudyk (K-2SO), and Donnie Yen (Chirut Imwe), and Ben Mendelsohn (Director Orson Krennic), as well as director Gareth Edwards, executive producer John Knoll, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. The press conference was live blogged by StarWars.com. Here are some highlights,
Has George Lucas seen the movie? Two days ago they showed him the movie. Edwards: “I don’t want to put words in his mouth, but I can honestly say I can die happy now.”
How important was diversity in crafting the movie? “I think it’s incredibly important to Star Wars, I think it’s more important to the film industry,” Kathleen Kennedy says.
Do casual fans need to revisit Star Wars to appreciate this? “This can be a whole introduction to the franchise,” Kennedy says. “It really does stand on its own.”
“It’s a modern approach to Star Wars,” Luna says. He says if you revisit classic Star Wars, it’s a reflection of the times, and we have to do the same.
Kennedy: “We’re looking at each of these movies without a rulebook…It very much is in the spirit of what George Lucas did to begin with.”
This film introduces Saw Gerrera into the films. Are there plans for more animated characters to make the leap? “We really are starting with the stories themselves.” If a character fits the story, then maybe, but there’s no list or drive to bring characters over.
Gareth talks about how he and Ben were both *very* excited when Vader first came on set… “When that helmet comes on, it’s too intimidating. You can’t give direction to Darth Vader.” When Vader would come on set, the crew would go quiet. “It’s probably one of the highlights of getting to do this film.”
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16th.
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