'Star Wars: Rogue One' spoilers: is new planet Jedha the home of kyber crystals?


Following a lackluster panel during Star Wars Celebration Europe last July, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” comes back with a bang via a slew of new official information and an insightful trailer or two.

The negative clamor surrounding the space soap opera’s first dive to standalone anthology films was effectively quashed last week via a two-minute clip which had “Star Wars” fans wanting for more. It can be remembered that over the last couple of months, there have been rumors suggesting that “Rogue One” was suffering from the case of having too many cooks in the kitchen, as its initial cut did not really have Disney executives jumping out of their seats. This was further fueled by confirmation of massive reshoots and even story rewriting. However, when the trailer came out last week, majority of fans appeared to finally be on board at least given what they saw.

The North American tease was soon followed by an international cut of roughly the same scenes. However, despite being shorter and having no new shots, it provided one pivotal information that will come into play the movie. As it turns out, the plans for the Death Star came to the Rebel Alliance’s knowledge when they intercepted a coded Imperial transmission sent by Jyn Erso’s (Felicity Jones) yet to be seen in action father, Galen (Mads Mikkelsen). There had been ongoing speculations suggesting that Galen plays a big part in building the destructive space station and this confirms that theory. It is still unknown, however, whether Jyn being chosen to spearhead the mission in stealing the plans is connected to her familial connection to Galen or not. But their estranged relationship is presumably going to affect how the plan ends up in Princess Leia’s (Carrie Fisher) lap, as seen in “Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.”

Both trailers end with a split-second look at Darth Vader who appears to be looking at the Death Star’s progression screen. The scene was coupled with the famous heavy breathing by no less than James Earl Jones who voiced the menacing Sith in the original trilogy as well as some parts of “The Clone Wars.”

Prior to the aforementioned releases, “Rogue One” also had some interesting tidbits revealed including information about Jedha. Dubbed as a Force-sacred world, the planet is presumed to be the only remaining symbol of the Force during the film’s premise following the massive death and plight of Jedis.

“It’s a place where people who believe in the Force would go on a pilgrimage,” film director Gareth Edwards explained to Entertainment Weekly. “It was essentially taken over by the Empire. It’s an occupied territory… for reasons we probably can’t reveal.”

Believed to be the location of kyber crystal deposits, which is the primary source of every lightsaber’s prowess, it makes sense that the Empire is hell-bent on taking over Jedha. Back in “The Clone Wars,” it was insinuated that a huge chunk of the Force-attuned mineral was what powered the Death Star. Spiritual warrior Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen) lives in the planet and as per the trailers, it looks like his mission to protect his land pushes him to eventually join Jyn and the rest of the Rebel Alliance.

The theory coincides with Edwards’ follow-up statement saying, “There’s something very important in Jedha that serves both the Jedi and the Empire. It felt very much like something we could relate to in the real world.”

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will blast through cinemas on Dec. 16.