Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is less than two months away and with it fans already have their own theories about the plot and characters. Darth Vader was teased and there are theories regarding what he is up to. The rebel leader that questions Jyn Erso’s history is seen in the trailers and was thought to be a couple of characters that exists or existed elsewhere in the Star Wars universe.
Who Is The Rebel Leader?
Star Wars fans are always reaching and speculating on connections lying within stories. Alas, a fan theory about the mysterious rebel leader seen in the trailers had been debunked by director Gareth Edwards, according to Entertainment Weekly. Some fans thought he could have been Admiral Motti acting as a double agent. Motti was seen in the original trilogy, so it would make sense as he has physical features that are similar to the deceased actor, Richard LeParmentier. For some reason, people thought Motti had returned in some fashion for the Star Wars spin-off.
He was also thought to be Agent Kallus from the animated Star Wars Rebels.
The actor playing this interrogative rebel leader in Rogue One is played by Alistair Petrie. Director Edwards mentions the name of Petrie’s character.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) October 17, 2016
“His name’s General Draven. It’s no official secret. Sometimes I read stuff online like it’s this big thing that’s been leaked, and I thought, ‘Oh, I thought people knew that.'”
After all actress Genevieve O’Reilly, looks similar to her Mon Mothma predecessor/doppelganger played by Caroline Blakiston who starred in Return of the Jedi. Of course, there is a significant difference in age as of now. Another interesting note is that O’Reilly did star in Return of the Sith, but she was cut from the movie and has returned for Rogue One. So it is understandable that people can jump to conclusions so rapidly with highly similar physical features.
Darth Vader Competing With Director Krennic?
The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story movie trailer didn’t show much of the Sith villain, but Vader was confirmed as more of a cameo appearance, according to Movie Pilot. The scrutiny of Lord Vader’s presence in the trailer starts with his entry into the scene through a steamy mist. This may be considered a throwback to a time where Han Solo was frozen in carbonite in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. This image is bound to tickle the nostalgia bone.
Judging by Darth Vader’s stride or “swagger” as he moves vehemently via walkways and the “confab” encounter with Director Orson Krennic, it seems to indicate some tension and Vader’s patience could be wearing thin. This mood seems to run in alignment with the spoilers reported back in January via Making Star Wars. Darth Vader is said to be very violent according to a Rogue One storyboard where it “showed decapitated rebels, people being dismembered by Vader throwing his sword, levitating bodies to make human shields, and so on.”
— Ashley Eckstein (@HerUniverse) October 13, 2016
There is a theory formed based on the possible unpleasantness of both Krennic and Vader being within their own company. Could it be there is fighting going on even in the higher ranks of the Empire? Krennic is the Director of Advanced Weapons and Research for the Imperial Military and could be trying to gain favor with the Emperor. Does this show an attempt on Krennic’s part to be in the position of Palpatine’s right hand man and thus putting him in competition with Vader?
This does make sense because Darth Vader has already established in the original trilogy that the power of the force is far superior to that of a super weapon capable enough of destroying planets? This bickering had already occurred between Admiral Motti and Vader in A New Hope. Does the same kind of differences in opinion lie also with Director Krennic?
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story debuts on Dec. 16.
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