Star Wars Rogue One: Catalyst Novel Synopsis Released


The synopsis for the prequel novel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — Star Wars Rogue One: Catalyst — has been released by Del Rey…

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters worldwide on December 16, but the novel that will lead up to the first Star Wars standalone film, Star Wars Rogue One: Catalyst, hits bookstores a full month ahead of the film, on November 15.

According to website Stitch Kingdom, author James Luceno’s novel contains a whopping 352 pages, and will lead up to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Here’s the synopsis:

Star Wars Rogue One: Catalyst Image Credit: Del Rey

War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before their enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.

Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor’s tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic’s web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.

Valene Kane Image Credit: The Belfast Telegraph

Diving further, website StarWarsNews.Net has uncovered the fact that Jyn Eros’s mother, Lyra Erso, will be portrayed by Valen Kane. Kane is a series regular on BBC’s The Fall and has done some other smaller film work.

As SWNN points out, one begins to wonder why Kane hasn’t been shown in any promo stills for Rogue One, or in any of the trailers. Does Orson Krennic have something to do with Lyra Erso’s death? Is this why Galan Erso sends the transmission to the Rebellion, and why Mon Mothma enlists his daughter, Jyn? Only time will tell, and I suppose we won’t really know until November 15, and then December 16.

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Star Wars Rogue One: Catalyst will hit bookstores on November 15, and of course, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters on December 16.