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It’s Time To Answer 4 Burning Questions About Rogue One

If you have an insatiable appetite for Rogue One anecdotes and updates, the next few weeks should be a goldmine. Leading up to the film’s December release, you can expect extensive coverage from just about every major entertainment publication under the sun. In a lengthy update yesterday, Entertainment Weekly—a magazine that has been granted consistently extensive access to the world of Lucasfilm—offered no less than 15 new photos, each accompanied by an update on the first of the new Star Wars spin-offs. In the process, they answered these four burning questions about Rogue One.

Who is Krennic?

If you’re trying to get a sense of what Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) is all about, all you need to know is that he’s a lot like Darth Vader—with one crucial difference. “His perspective obviously is that of a person who doesn’t understand the Force,” says Lucasfilm’s head of story development Hart. “And Darth Vader comes at everything from the perspective of understanding the Force. So that I think is the thing that you see sort of separating Darth Vader from other characters.”

What is Lah’mu?

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As you may already know, Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) spends much of the film in exile on a planet known as Lah’mu, trying to avoid working on the Death Star. But what do we know about this planet? “It’s meant to be a fairly secluded world,” says co-producer John Swartz. “We shot it in Iceland, at a place where there’s beautiful black sand and green mountains poking through. The family went into hiding to a world where you wouldn’t normally have a farm, but that’s as far as they could get from Galen’s past life.”

Do the Rebels have a chance?

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Thus far, all evidence has suggested that the Rebels in Rogue One are severely out-matched. According to star Felicity Jones, that’s exactly what you’re supposed to think. “In many ways, the Rebels don’t have a leg to stand on,” she explains. “They’re a motley crew, they all have had difficult backgrounds. They’re all outsiders in some way, and they’re coming together to fight something far bigger than them, more efficient. The Empire is wealthier, and it has everything the Rebels don’t, so the odds are definitely stacked against them.”

What’s missing?

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As you may have noticed, Rogue One has an intriguing lack of Jedi. “This takes place in a time that’s after the Jedi purge in Episode III and before Obi-Wan reemerges and starts training Luke, and before Yoda gets involved,” says executive producer John Knoll. “In that era, there are still brave people who are doing heroic acts, who don’t have those Force powers, who still fight and die for the cause of good. And I think, I want to hear some of those stories… who are the more ordinary citizens of the galaxy who see outrageous acts occurring and feel like they have to take up arms against the status quo to, you know, fight for good.”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrives in theatres on December 16. For more new photos and anecdotes, click here—and be sure to watch the latest trailer below.

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