Everything You Need to Know About Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Rogue One: Star Wars Story takes place right before Star Wars: A New Hope. In fact, Rogue One will reportedly end with the Death Star plans being transmitted aboard Princes Leia’s ship, the Tantive IV. While Lucasfilm wants to call Rogue One a standalone film, this officially makes the movie a prequel.

The real question here is: Being that Rogue One is a prequel, how much does the galaxy know of the living Force and the Jedi? Are the Jedi considered a myth at this point? Is Darth Vader basically an unknown enforcer for the Emperor?

Well, according to Entertainment Weekly, who interviewed director Gareth Edwards, Rogue One takes place roughly 19 years after Revenge of the Sith, and the Rebels barely know who Vader is.

“Within the Rebellion, it’s not commonly spoken about.”

And, thanks to Emperor Palpatine, the Galaxy as a whole, no longer really believes in the Force or the Jedi. In an excerpt from Rogue One: Catalyst (which we will get to later) you can see how Palpatine did worked the Imperial Propaganda machine to eradicated the good memory of the Jedi from the Galaxy.

"“This guy started a war.” Ciena’s head swam. They’d been reviewing galactic history for three hours now. “Okay. The criminal gang that interfered with a legal execution on Geonosis and sparked the Clone Wars was led by… by…” She shut her eyes, winced, and said, “Mace Windu?”"

The very man that was betrayed by Anakin Skywalker, then thrown throw a window by Palpatine himself, is now branded a criminal. Wow, Rogue One is happening during dark times indeed.