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Gareth Edwards on the importance of the planet Jedha in Rogue One

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With a brand-new trailer for ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY arriving this Thursday, it won't be long before we get a gander at even more footage from the much anticipated STAR WARS spin-off, but for now, we're still not done analyzing what we've already seen from the previous trailer. One of the main planets featured in ROGUE ONE is the planet Jedha, which director Gareth Edwards describes as a holy land in the STAR WARS universe, an intergalactic Mecca or Jerusalem if you will.

Edwards spilled a few new details to Entertainment Weekly about the planet we've seen featured in the ROGUE ONE trailers, saying that they "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.” The period in which ROGUE ONE begins has much of the galaxy losing their faith in the force, which Edwards says is basically like a religion in the STAR WARS universe, but Jedha is still a place where the faithful can make a pilgrimage, that is until it's taken over by the Empire.

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. 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.

That person may very well be Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen), a blind man who lives on Jedha and is "accompanied by his protector and guide Baze Malbuz (Jiang Wen), a non-believer in the supernatural who nonetheless has great faith in his friend." Chirrut and Baze aren't the only ones to call Jedha home, it was also the homeworld of Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed) before he was conscripted into Imperial service.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY hits theaters on December 16, 2016.

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Source: EW

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9:24PM on 08/09/2016
Im just happy to see Yen here. The dude should be as popular as Jackie Chan or Jet Like. He's known in the US, but I'd like to see him achieve a high level of popularity so he can get more Hollywood projects.
Im just happy to see Yen here. The dude should be as popular as Jackie Chan or Jet Like. He's known in the US, but I'd like to see him achieve a high level of popularity so he can get more Hollywood projects.
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12:16AM on 08/09/2016
So it's like Palestine.
So it's like Palestine.
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8:10PM on 08/08/2016

Gareth Edwards is my biggest worry.

After Godzilla 2014 I don't have a lot of confidence with the guy, especially dealing with money shot = payoff type editing. he did some stuff in Godzilla editing wise that lingered on stupid things while the stuff the audience would rather see is going on. I'm worried about it, especially if he thinks "Darth Vader is Jaws" like he thought "Godzilla is Jaws".
After Godzilla 2014 I don't have a lot of confidence with the guy, especially dealing with money shot = payoff type editing. he did some stuff in Godzilla editing wise that lingered on stupid things while the stuff the audience would rather see is going on. I'm worried about it, especially if he thinks "Darth Vader is Jaws" like he thought "Godzilla is Jaws".
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9:23PM on 08/09/2016
Maybe it's because Im not as big a Star Wars fan, but I don't think Darth Vader should be a sticking point for this film. Gareth is a great director and, despite not giving into fan service with Godzilla, he still did an excellent job with the movie. Rogue One has the appeal of being a great Star Wars movie the doesn't necessarily fit into the typical Star Wars mould. I think he was a fine choice as director.
Maybe it's because Im not as big a Star Wars fan, but I don't think Darth Vader should be a sticking point for this film. Gareth is a great director and, despite not giving into fan service with Godzilla, he still did an excellent job with the movie. Rogue One has the appeal of being a great Star Wars movie the doesn't necessarily fit into the typical Star Wars mould. I think he was a fine choice as director.
8:03PM on 08/08/2016
I didn't know Donnie Yen was going to be in this. I've been kind of avoiding hype on the movie though...
I didn't know Donnie Yen was going to be in this. I've been kind of avoiding hype on the movie though...
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7:49PM on 08/08/2016

THEORY....

Jedha is related to the Jedi right?

Willing to bet money that the Empire has occupied the planet for their natural resources and is mining Force crystals or whatever it is they put in Lightsabers to create the Death Star laser canon...
Jedha is related to the Jedi right?

Willing to bet money that the Empire has occupied the planet for their natural resources and is mining Force crystals or whatever it is they put in Lightsabers to create the Death Star laser canon...
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