‘Rogue One’ Title’s Meaning Revealed (Kind Of) by Director Gareth Edwards

By August 23, 2016
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Considering the current expectations and anticipation surrounding Rogue One – A Star Wars Story right now, it’s fairly crazy that when you think about it, we still don’t know what the title “Rogue One” even means, who it could be referring to, what it could be referring to, or how it factors into the film’s story or plot. If it does at all, that is. Though thanks to some new comments from director Gareth Edwards, we’re not even sure if he knows why it’s called that even.

When the title was originally announced, many fans took it to be some kind of connection to the Rogue Squadron created by Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles, with the promise of seeing more X-Wing space battles being an exciting one. Now that we know that’s not the case though, the meaning behind the film’s title has almost been forgotten about at this point, and it doesn’t sound like much thought has been put into it on the creative end either.

During a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Edwards was asked about the title and its relation to the actual film itself, and his response was kind of vague and confusing, to say the least:

“I’d been thinking about it. What does it mean? ‘Rogue One’ is a military call sign to some extent, but this is the first film that’s gone off-piste and is not part of the saga – or the Anakin story – so it’s the ‘rogue’ one, you know?”

Okay, but it can’t just be referring to the film’s place in the franchise, can it? What about a possible relation to Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso?

“It’s kind of describing her as well in a similar way. It has [all] these split, multiple meanings that made it feel like the right choice.”

In an even more confusing fashion as well, Edwards was then asked if the title had any relation to himself as a filmmaker:

 “I don’t know… I never see myself that way. But, er… that’d be cool! We tried to do things different, for sure.”

Now, the title itself was created by original screenwriter Gary Whitta, so it’s possible that he was simply calling the film it as a nod to the Rebellion fighters in the Original Trilogy, since Rogue One‘s plot basically revolves around the entire beginning of A New Hope. It also seems possible though, that the point of the title itself was lost somewhere along the way, during the numerous rewrites or through the different forms it has taken since Whitta’s original vision.

Or maybe they just thought it sounded cool? Let’s face it, if the movie ends up being good, we won’t even care if the title matters or not in the end.

Rogue One – A Star Wars Story is set to hit theatres on December 16th.

Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable