Here’s How A Certain Rebel Leader Showed Up In ‘Rogue One’

By January 24, 2017
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The following story contains potential spoilers for the recent Star Wars anthology film Rogue One. If spoilers aren’t your thing, check out what the next Star Wars movie is going to be called.

One of the bigger questions Star Wars fans had as they left watched the end credits roll for Rogue One the past few weeks wasn’t why Lucasfilm insisted on doing CGI recreations of popular 1970s characters, but instead … how the heck did Princess Leia suddenly show up at the end?

We’re literally right tail end of the Battle of Scarif when Leia – dressed in her flowy white gowns from Star Wars: A New Hope accepts the Death Star plans in all her CGI wonder.

The only problem is, where was Leia throughout the rest of the film … and was that ending simply a shortcut to get us to the events of A New Hope?

Pablo Hidalgo, a recognized Star Wars expert, recently appeared on the official Lucasfilm video podcast The Star Wars Show (courtesy of io9), telling host Andi Gutierrez that just because we don’t see Leia in the events leading up to the end of Rogue One doesn’t mean she wasn’t there.

In fact, Leia was a part of the entire Death Star data recovery plan from the beginning, Hidalgo said, and had been on her way to Tatooine to pick up Obi-Wan Kenobi when she got “sidetracked” into the Battle of Scariff.

“The plan was always that Leia was going to go to Tatooine to pick up Obi-Wan, and (Adm.) Raddus was going to escort her. Then the news of Scarif came in, and that was deemed more important … (because) it’s the one warship that they have at this point.”

In fact, a lot of these details might not be found in the movie, but instead can be discovered in the Rogue One novelization by author Alexander Freed. There, according to Hidalgo, Leia’s ship remained with Raddus’ warship because it was “undergoing some repairs.”

Another little interesting tidbit shared was that Leia was actually on Yavin (4) the whole time the Tatooine trip and Jyn Erso’s rebellion was being planned. Hidalgo said they kept Leia’s presence a secret because the movie wanted to ‘save the reveal,’ but Leland Chee added that they added R2D2 and C3PO’s cameos as a clue.”

Of course, another clue comes from Jimmy Smits’ Bail Organa himself: He had the perfect person in mind to help deliver the plans, someone he could trust the most. If you haven’t put that together, he’s talking about his adopted daughter Princess Leia, who he received at the end of 2005’s Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

Rogue One has now earned just over $1 billion globally, including $513 million in North America. It was the biggest movie of 2016 domestically, and is currently ranked fourth worldwide for the year.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

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Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.
  • Melayahm

    Have to say, when I saw Leia at the end, it was ‘Woah! That’s creepy!’ The CG was way more obvious with her than it was with Moff Tarkin, being in bright light and all that. I understand why they did it, but it didn’t look great. The eye knows

    • I’m totally with you … the thing is, they could’ve just shown her from the back. Anyone who is anyone knows who that is … 😀