Entertainment Weekly has continued their coverage of revealing some behind the scenes secrets of “Rogue One” today, with an article that reveals what the original opening prologue was going to focus on.
In the original plan for the opening prologue, Krennic and his Deathtroopers were originally coming to take in Jyn’s mother, who was going to be a Jedi. Here is how the original prologue was going to go down, as revealed director Gareth Edwards and writer Gary Whitta from Entertainment Weekly:
“The prologue, at one point a long time ago, was going to be the Empire coming to kill the Jedi,” says director Gareth Edwards. “And Jyn’s mom was going to be a Jedi.”
In the abandoned Jedi prologue, when Krennic and his Deathtroopers arrive at the Erso homestead, they would have ended up facing not a jittery Lyra Erso slinging a blaster, but a calm, collected fugitive Jedi, drawing her lightsaber to protect her daughter — and her husband.
“Her mother was a Jedi Knight who was hiding out. But her father was still the scientist,” said Whitta. As the story developed, Galen Erso’s involvement in the Death Star and the manipulation of Kyber crystals, which are the key element in lightsabers and the Imperial battle station’s planet-killing laser, became Jyn’s other motivation.
I’m beginning to sound like a broken record here with these articles, but the creative team made the right decision on not making Lyra a Jedi. Even though the Jedi and the Force are my favorite aspects of “Star Wars,” ff we’re going to be getting a lot more standalone movies, not every one of them needs to be centered around a Jedi or Jedi history, and “Rogue One” definitely worked without the main character having ties to the Jedi.
For more on this original prologue, including why Gareth Edwards and Gary Whitta decided not to go that route, head on over to Entertainment Weekly