Saturday July 16, 2016

"Rogue One" Is Like No Star Wars You’ve Seen Before

A new featurette out of Star Wars Celebration 2016 gives us an extended behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming prequel. The film takes place on a brand-new planet, Jedah, which has strong ties to the force, and director Gareth Edwards is shooting the movie in a way that gives it a unique identity in the Star Wars universe.

Gareth Edwards employed a more experimental approach than we’ve seen from Star Wars in the past. "We went to Jordan to film," he says. "We built this set in Pinewood that was 360 degrees. Normally on a set, the extras are told, ‘You go this way on action and on cut you stop.’ We said, ‘For the next hour, you’re going to be this character. You’re cooking food or you’re working on this car thing. Whatever it is.’ The crew were wearing costumes. They had the cameras turned round them so they wouldn’t ruin the shot. We tried to give them freedom so that the actors could go where they wanted and do the scene in a way that felt right. There was a lot of freedom and it had a very different vibe than you associate with ‘Star Wars.'"