Star Wars Rebels takes place a few years before Rogue One, which may explain why Saw Gerrera isn't quite as physically broken as he appeared to be in that film. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction.
Please take note that this article contains major spoilers for Rogue One.
Rogue One is jam packed with connections big and small to the wider Star Wars universe, but some of the most delightful ones-and some of the hardest to spot-are the ones that tie the movie into Star Wars: Rebels. Saw and Galen perish in the middle of the movie, and then Jyn, Cassian, Baze, Chirrut, Bodhi, K-2SO, and Krennic are all killed off in the Battle of Scarif. He said that it will be a bold choice for the producers as audiences will be more excited for the film because they will not know anything about it.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes $290m on first weekend
Disney has scheduled Star Wars: Episode VIII or December 2017 and another stand-alone movie, about a young Han Solo, for May 2018. Like the rebels in the Death Star trench run, Disney is hoping that " Rogue One " can "stay on target" this weekend.
I mean, it's a great Disney tradition isn't it? In the screenplay. And it was just assumed by us that we couldn't do that. "Everyone read that and there was this feeling of like, 'They've got to die, right?' And everyone was like, 'Yeah, can we?'"
"We thought we weren't going to be allowed to, but [Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy] and everyone at Disney were like, 'Yeah it makes sense. Could we just film an extra scene where we see Jyn and Cassian, they're okay and they're on another planet?'" Edwards says. "If you go to the cinema today and turn your face back toward the screen, and look at the audience, you'll see that diversity, and that has to be reflected on the screen", Luna tells Bustle. "And it never came". "But Disney CEO Bob Iger can claim that there are no political statements in 'Rogue One" until he's blue in the face - there is a powerful political statement being made in this film". (It doesn't even have to be another Star War - collect these people again and I'll be there, no questions asked.) But I think killing them all adds a real emotional punch to the film, which is all about the costs of war.