Avid Star Wars fans immediately recognized the significance of the title Rogue One when the movie was first announced. During the Battle of Hoth, Luke Skywalker famously flew under the call-sign of “Rogue Leader”, which has also been referred to as “Rogue One”. In an interview with Empire Magazine, director Gareth Edwards talks about several possible different meanings of the title.
“I’d been thinking about it. What does it mean? ‘Rogue One’ is a military call sign to some extent. But this is the first film that’s gone off-piste and is not part of the saga – or the Anakin story – so it’s the ‘rogue’ one, you know?”
This does make sense, from a certain point of view. Edwards is at the helm of the first Star Wars movie to focus on characters not named Skywalker. Granted, Darth Vader will be in the film, but the extent of his role is unknown. Reports of the film taking a darker, military tone help to further the roguishness of the endeavor. Edwards continues on to imply the title also refers to the lead character, Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones.
“It’s kind of describing her as well in a similar way. It has [all] these split, multiple meanings that made it feel like the right choice.”
So according to Gareth Edwards, the title ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ can refer to the rogue nature of the film being the first Star Wars movie to take a step out from under the Skywalker shadow. It also speaks to the personality of Jyn Erso, who seems to be all sass in the trailers. With the reveal in the international trailer about the involvement of Erso’s father, it will be interesting to see what kind of, if any, interaction the two have.
But we all know it’s really just the call sign, so stop muddying the waters, Gareth!
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story sneaks its way into theaters on December 16th, 2016.