The latest film in the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is soon to hit the big screen, and fans are pumped – with good reason! This dark, gritty spin-off, set roughly between Revenge of the Sith and the original 1977 Star Wars movie, A New Hope, follows a rebel group who join forces to steal the plans for the Death Star (thereby paving the way for Luke, Han and Leia to destroy it in Episode IV). Naturally, the Rogue One fan theories are breaking the internet. Here are some we can’t stop speculating about at Roadshow HQ…
1. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is Rey’s mother. It’s not inconceivable that the hero rebel fighter is Rey’s mother. Why? Well, there’s a physical resemblance. They both have British accents. The timeline fits. (We’re still sold on Luke being Rey’s dad, just quietly.)
2. The Rogue One rebels become the Knights of Ren. Some fans believe the ‘What will you become?’ line uttered by Saw Gerrera (Forest Whittaker) in the trailer suggests that Jyn, or the whole rebel squadron, could well turn to the dark side.
3. Jyn has Force capabilities. It was recently leaked that one of the Rogue One fighters is capable of tapping into the Force, and a crystal given to a young Jyn in the final trailer suggests that she may well follow the path of the Jedi.
4. The trailer’s hooded figure could be Mara Jade. Flanked by the royal guard, the hooded figure is tipped by some fans to be a personal assassin of the Emperor, while others say it could be Starkiller, aka Galen Marek – Darth Vader’s secret Sith apprentice.
5. Imperial Governor Grand Moff Tarkin could return. Rogue One director Gareth Edwards let this slip during a recent USA Today interview, saying that Ben Mendelsohn’s character Orson Krennic could get into an ‘us or them’ situation with Tarkin. Tarkin was played by Peter Cushion in IV, and Wayne Pygram in Episode III. Hmmmm…
6. We’ll learn more about Snoke’s origins. Although the evil hologram doesn’t appear in Rogue One (according to Creative Exec Pablo Hidalgo at LucasFilms), theories abound that the film may reveal who he is – and could it be the legendary Darth Plagueis, with his powers of immortality? At any rate, we don’t have long to wait to find out!