How, Where, And When Does ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Fit Into The ‘Star Wars’ Universe?

This past December, it was Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens that was tearing up the box office, and the talk was how the story had officially continued. Now, the spinoff is all the talk, and even more today since the trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was officially released. It’s awesome in so many ways, but it also poses a great number of questions. The biggest questions being how, where, and when does it fit into the Star Wars universe?

In the first trailer for Rogue One, Felicity Jones is seen as Jyn Erso, and many believe that she could very well be the child of Boba Fett. There are also thoughts that she may actually be related to Rey from The Force Awakens, or maybe even Rey’s mother.

That’s just one of many theories out there, and Movie Pilot has come up with a few others, as well, but it does lend help in determining where Rogue One fits into the galaxy. Many of the things seen in the trailer also help some in figuring that out.

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Taking into account the age of Rey, the projected age of Jyn, the presence of the Death Star, and the theft of the Death Star plans, it could be believed that this is indeed a prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy.

When those plans are stolen, it does make it seem that things are happening after Star Wars Episode III — Revenge of the Sith and leading up to Star Wars: A New Hope.

Since Rogue One and other spinoffs will be called “Star Wars Stories,” that means that they’re going to fall into the galaxy somewhere between what has already occurred. Trying to determine the exact location may be a bit trickier, but there are people everywhere trying to get it done.

Social media lit up on Thursday morning with different theories and conclusions as to how Rogue One falls in place.

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This theory from Facebook was posted along with the caption stating “This is what happens when an engineer doesn’t understand how ‘Rogue One’ fits into the Star Wars timeline.”

It appears as if everyone and anyone is trying to figure out exactly how this is going to work.

Now, some of this is already known, but it’s the official timeline and exact point in time that Rogue One exists that is bother some people. As producer Kathleen Kennedy said, there is a time-frame in mind, but it will explore new things, as reported by SuperHeroHype.

“Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe. It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. Gareth [Edwards] is such an innovative director and I’m so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he’s selected for ‘Rogue One.’ “

The new trailer has shown many new things to the world, and it has made everyone think about what is possible. TIME notes certain obvious points, but even focuses on a black-robed figure that is only seen for a moment and with its back to the camera. Could this be Darth Vader making a highly anticipated appearance?

The “where” and the “how” seem to have been figured out as to the location of Rogue One in the Star Wars universe. The theft of the Death Star plans kind of lay all that out, but the exact “when” doesn’t appear to be fully known as of yet.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story still has so much that needs to be answered and there is going to be so much to be learned. It has made fans excited for what is to come or how things fit into the Star Wars universe, but a lot won’t be revealed until it hits theaters on December 16.

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