So unless you have been hiding under a rock, everyone has been talking about the newest Star Wars spin off film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The film is set between the prequel films and A New Hope, and tells the story of how the rebels managed to steal the plans to the first Death Star. Disney is gambling a lot on this film being successful as they have a barrage of new spin off ideas coming in the next few years.
But how much do you know about the origins of this story? Well here at MouthLondon we love everything Star Wars so sit back and enjoy these old school facts!
The original back story of how the rebels obtained the death star plans centred on a mercenary called Kyle Katarn. Once an imperial officer, he became disillusioned by the Empire and defected to the rebellion. His first mission was to steal the Death Star plans from an imperial facility which he was successful in. Katarn then went on to fight Rom Mohc and his terrifying Dark Trooper program, and later became a fully-fledged jedi after defeating a group of dark jedi led by the evil Inquisitor Jerec.
Katarn was the main protagonist in the Dark Forces games and Jedi Academy series. He also featured heavily in the legends side of Star Wars which encompassed The Yuuzhan Vong war and beyond.
It’s a shame that the origins of the plans being stolen are losing Katarn as he was a very interesting character plus he was rather dishy. Think Hugh Jackman with a lightsabre and you’re almost there.
Now way back before the prequel films the continuing Star Wars saga was given to fans in the form of books. In one of those stories (Jedi Search which was part of the Jedi Academy Trilogy) Han and friends stumble onto a hidden base in the middle of a dangerous part of space called The Maw. Within they find a new adversary, and where the Empire has been researching and constructing all of its super weapons, including the original Death Star.
What was great about this origin was that the imperial forces that protected The Maw were unaware of the fall of the Empire, and therefore burst out of there seclusion to wreak havoc on the galaxy.
The prequel version of the Death Stars creation has always been a weak link between the prequels and Originals, and it’s a real shame that we most likely will not see The Maw in all it’s glory.
White Washing Thrawn
In the book series that has now become Legends in Star Wars continuity history, the Empire fell and the New Republic struggled to bring peace to the galaxy. Around 9 years after the battle of Yavin, the New Republic had found some stability, but unfortunately the last Grand Admiral of the Empire had returned form wild space and declared all out war. His name was Thrawn and he was quite a bit of trouble for Luke and friends.
What’s known as the Thrawn campaign was what a lot of fans were hoping Lucas would aim to make as 7,8 and 9 of the series. However, the buyout to Disney changed everything and that never transpired. But in the Rogue One trailer we are shown the (supposed) films antagonist who some believe to be a Thrawn.
Thrawn is a great character, but if this is the case then it will be another example of Hollywood white washing the cast.
One of the things that the trailer really lacks is a diverse amount of species and although the main cast of rebels are diverse by human standards we are not seeing any wookies on teh horizon! All we have to do is wait until future trailers are released (and yes there will be lots!).