Rogue One was the only Star Wars Film Gareth Edwards Wanted to Direct

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has taken both the domestic and worldwide box office by storm, and now, some fun facts about director Gareth Edwards have been revealed, including how Rogue One was the only Star Wars film he wanted to direct….

The very first Star Wars standalone film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has reached over $1 billion in the worldwide box office, making the film both a critical and financial success. Director Gareth Edwards is the main reason the film did so well with fans across the globe, and he talked with Empire about his love of the Star Wars original trilogy, and how Rogue One was the only Star Wars story he wanted to direct.

Honestly, I don’t know what they’re planning for the rest of the films, but I feel like if [I was] offered anything else, even the sagas, I would have been like, “no, I want to do Rogue One,” because that’s connected to the film that started me off wanting to do filmmaking, wanting to do everything.

Edwards has been very open about his love of Star Wars: A New Hope, in fact, the director used archived footage from the film for the Battle of Scarif, with certain X-wings pilots. As we now know, Rogue One ends just as A New Hope is beginning, which is exactly how Edwards envisioned the films to connect. I personally believe that the director’s passion for Star Wars is why Rogue One did so well, as that passion came through, on screen.

I was two when Star Wars came out. You grow up with Star Wars figures and AT-ATs and X-Wings, and that’s kind of what you’re promised the world is like.

Hopefully, Star Wars fans realize what a fanboy Gareth Edwards actually is, and how a Star Wars film can turn out when the director loves the saga so much that he only wanted to direct a standalone movie that would connect to his childhood passion.

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