What are the details not to miss in “Rogue One”, the official spin-off of the Star Wars saga, airing tonight on TMC? Here they are !
Drink (Blue) Milk
In the film’s prologue, Jyn Erso’s mother is seen brewing some sort of blue milk, the same beverage served by Luke Skywalker’s aunt Beru at the very start of A New Hope. Padmé Amidala also drinks this same drink during a scene in the prelogy.
The scene where Jyn Erso is arrested by the rebels takes place on the planet Yavin IV, which also served as the base during the sequence leading up to the assault on the Death Star at the very end of the film. New hope.
Two iconic characters from the prelogy are back: they are Senator Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) and Senator Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly, while the character was played by Caroline Blakiston in the original trilogy).
The return of the Grand Moff
Appearing briefly in Revenge of the Sith as comedian Wayne Pygram, Grand Moff Tarkin makes a noticeable comeback in Rogue One; embodied “physically” on the set by Guy Henry, he was nevertheless digitally modeled in post-production in order to reproduce as faithfully as possible the appearance of the late Peter Cushing, the character’s interpreter in New hope.
Ponda Baba and Evazan
On the planet Jedha, Jyn Erso’s route crosses that of the two smugglers Ponda Baba and Evazan. The two friends are obviously known to fans ofNew hope for looking for Luke Skywalker trouble at a bar in Mos Eisley, a scene that forced Obi-Wan Kenobi to draw his lightsaber and slice off Ponda’s arm …
A character well known to fans
If he had never appeared in a Star Wars film, Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) nevertheless remains well known to fans of the saga since he was present in the Clone Wars animated series and then in the third season of Star Wars Rebels whose action takes place shortly before that of Rogue One.
Darth Vader’s Fortress is located on the planet Mustafar, right where Anakin Skywalker accidentally killed Padmé before entering a fight to the death against his former master Obi-Wan Kenobi in Revenge of the Sith. For the record, the castle is inspired by old concept art designed by Ralph McQuarrie at the time of the filming of the original trilogy.
Like father, like son
The basin Darth Vader is immersed in is filled with the same regenerative substance that heals Luke Skywalker’s wounds at the very start of The Empire Strikes Back.
C-3P9 and R2-D2
The only characters to have appeared in all nine films of the saga, the inseparable droids C-3PO and R2-D2 also offer a wink appearance in Rogue One, the time for a short shot as the rebel pilots set off on a mission to the planet Scarif.
The director’s cameo
Director Gareth Edwards makes a cameo in the movie! What’s more, at the (almost) very end: it is the soldier of the Rebel Alliance who manages to free the Tantive IV shuttle from the clutches of the imperial ship aboard which Darth Vader has disembarked. Thus allowing Princess Leïa to escape with the plans of the Death Star. A cameo certainly, but in the end an important cameo given the dramatic stakes!
The ultimate scene from Rogue One Just a few minutes before the prologue to Episode IV in which Princess Leia is captured by Darth Vader. The final line of the film pronounced by the latter – “Hope” – is also a reference to the title of the feature film by George Lucas, New hope.