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Gareth Edwards Reveals Details Of Rogue One Planet

August 8, 2016 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Gareth Edwards spoke with EW and revealed new details about one of the crucial planets in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Edwards is directing the film, which is set to release on December 16th and tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star.

“The Force is basically in Star Wars like a religion, and they’re losing their faith in the period that we start the movie,” said Edwards of the film. “We were trying to find a physical location we could go to that would speak to the themes of losing your faith and the choice between letting the Empire win, or evil win, and good prevailing. It got embodied in this place we called Jedha. It’s a place where people who believe in the Force would go on a pilgrimage. It was essentially taken over by the Empire. It’s an occupied territory… for reasons we probably can’t reveal. There’s something very important in Jedha that serves both the Jedi and the Empire. It felt very much like something we could relate to in the real world.”

He added, “Within Jedha, even though there’s the oppressive foot of the Empire hanging over them, there’s a resistance that won’t give up and our characters have to go and meet people there to try and secure a person from this group,” Edwards added. “In a wider level, there must be loads of people who just believe in the Jedi and believe in the Force and have been affected by it. If it’s a really ancient religion, as Obi-Wan Kenobi said, it’s got to exist in thousands or millions of people in the galaxy.”