This is one of those announcements I have been waiting on and it’s finally here. The new season of Star Wars Rebels will premiere on Saturday, September 24th at 8:30 PM EST. There is some scuttlebutt about the show moving to a new time slot on Saturday nights. The folks over at Rebel Force Radio have confirmed from a source at Lucasfilm that the show has been moved to a new regular slot. Take this with some confidence until we see an official statement from Lucasfilm.
The planet Jedha from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story already holds a unique place among Star Wars planets, it’s been described as a Mecca or a Jerusalem of sorts, a place where those still faithful to the Force take a pilgrimage to. The first details about the new planet were revealed by director Gareth Edwards at Star Wars Celebration, and today EW reporter Anthony Breznican has more information to share on the faith based location.
“The Force is basically in Star Wars like a religion, and they’re losing their faith in the period that we start the movie,” says Gareth Edwards, director of the story that’s set just prior to the events of 1977’s original Star Wars.
“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,” he says. “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,” Edwards says. “It was essentially taken over by the Empire. It’s an occupied territory… for reasons we probably can’t reveal.”
It makes sense that the Empire would want to occupy a planet with such deep ties to the Force. The Empire exterminated the Jedi, and by the time of A New Hope, the Fore is all but a myth. It seems as though Jedha is the last outpost where followers of the Force can connect with their more spiritual side. But being a place of religious importance isn’t the only thing pivotal about Jedha,
Pressed for a little more detail about why the Empire would send its military to dominate this world of worship, Edwards says, “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.”
What could be so important about Jedha? Why would both the Empire and the Rebellion converge on the planet? Anthony Breznican believes that the answer may be the legendary Kyber Crystals.
It sounds like whatever passes as a rare natural resource in the galaxy is part of what makes Jedha so special. A source of kyber crystals, perhaps? Those are the Force-sensitive minerals that power lightsabers and were used by ancient Sith to create colossal weapons of mass destruction.
It would make sense for Jedha to be a home of Force powerful Kyber crystals. There has to be a reason that beings from all across the galaxy take pilgrimages there, and it’s also a planet of vital importance to the Empire, who just so happens to be building a massive super weapon powered by, you guessed it, Kyber crystals.
It’s also revealed that Jedha is the home of 3 main characters from Rogue One, Chirrut Imwe, the blind warrior who is dedicated to the Force, Baze Malbuz, his devoted friend and skeptic, and Bodhi Rook, a former Imperial turned Rebel.
Jedha is a place of great intrigue because it opens up so many possibilities to explore the legends and mysticism of the Force. The new canon has taken the Jedi and the Force into a much more religious direction, from Lor San Tekka and the Church of the Force in The Force Awakens, to the Acolytes of the Beyond who worship Darth Vader beyond the grave. I’m excited to see how Gareth Edwards incorporates the Force and the legend of the Jedi into Rogue One, a movie set during the dark times, after the Jedi had been exterminated. This week will be big on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story news, which all leads up the the trailer release on Thursday night.
It’s a wonderful thing to wake up early this Sunday with coffee in hand to catch the Olympic coverage from Rio. What I didn’t expect was a promo on NBC stating that the world reveal of the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer would debut this Thursday during the Olympics. Adotgif, a Twitter user caught the promo and here it is.
— Gif (@AdotGif) August 7, 2016
The timing of this does make sense as the reshoots have just been recently completed and any changes to the original trailer could be worked in. The games on Thursday night will be one of the largest in viewership for the Olympics as it will showcase the swimming finals. This is great news and a fantastic way to introduce Rogue One to the world.
Special thanks to Mike at The Cantina Cast for the heads up.
The Rogue One: A Star Wars story movie stills just keep coming. Hot off the heels of yesterday’s reveal of the new U-Wing, comes a new image of Captain Cassian Andor. Right behind our leading man in Rogue One is his alien cast mates Bistan and Pao and a large contingent of Rebellion forces. The setting looks to be the Rebel base on Yavin IV and a very somber scene that has everyone looking concerned and exhausted.
The grittiness of this shot looks really great as done the color tone of the shot. Yellow and black dominate the look with those drab green’s and browns bringing up the accents.
A wonderful gift for an otherwise quiet Thursday. Enjoy the high resolution shot everyone.
The “Star Wars Show” is really starting to hit it’s stride and today’s episode had a great reveal of the new U-Wing in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The new gunship lander its a beauty and we finally get to see a great still from the film. In the still we see the Rebel Base on Yavin IV with the gorgeous Massassi Temples in the background. We have discussed this new lander for quite a while here at the Post and on the Now This Is Podcasting! podcast and we’re glad it all panned out. The new feature about this special craft is the variable swept wing design that is very reminiscent of the Grumman F-14 Tomcat and General Dynamics F-111. Part of the inspiration for the name of this craft came from the venerable Bell UH-1 Huey helicopter made famous during the Vietnam war.