‘Rogue One’ Director Says George Lucas Doesn’t Get Enough Credit
While fan reactions to Disney’s Star Wars films have been divided, there is one film that is almost universally praised by critics and fans alike- Rogue: One A Star Wars Story.
A one-off adventure set immediately prior to the events of A New Hope, the film tells the story of a group of rebels who band together to steal the plans for the Death Star.
With its more grounded story and serious tone, Rogue One was a massive success. After the film earned over $1 billion at the box office, Lucasfilm set out to create more Star Wars “anthology films”. While the failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story would end the series, Rogue One has remained a beacon of Star Wars greatness.
The Man Behind ‘Rogue One’
Outside of perhaps screenwriter Tony Gilroy (who would continue to explore the story of Rogue One’s characters with Andor), the person who gets the most credit for Rogue One’s success has been director Gareth Edwards.
In Rogue One, Edwards was able to create a grittier version of Star Wars, one that would help set the tone for both Andor and The Mandalorian.
According to the director, however, the person who doesn’t get enough credit for Rogue One’s success was actually George Lucas.
Lucas’ Lasting Influence
Although George Lucas hasn’t been directly involved with Star Wars since he sold the franchise to Disney, his presence continues to loom large over a galaxy far, far away.
“I do think there’s a lot of conversation about Rogue One and me and everything. And I honestly feel when I watch Rogue One, the person who doesn’t get enough credit is … George Lucas. Everything that’s great about that movie, you can pretty much trace back to George,” explains Edwards.
According to Edwards, even Rogue One’s most iconic scene, which saw Darth Vader at the height of his power, should be credited to Lucas.
“And even the Darth Vader scene that lots of people talk about? I can’t take credit for it. Because it’s all George. You know what I mean? And if you see, it’s not a character from my film, it’s Star Wars. And we got to play in that sandbox for a bit and so I wouldn’t complain about any of it. I’d do it again if I had a time machine.”
While Edwards is certainly being modest, there is no doubt that Lucas continues to permeate all things Star Wars. Hopefully, that influence will continue for years to come.
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