While the name of the first Star Wars spinoff, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was met with little of the heated debate which followed the Prequel Trilogy titles and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was something director Gareth Edwards certainly debated the meaning of in his own mind. And as he tells Empire, he found an new meaning for it during Star Wars Celebration last month.
"This is the first film that's gone off-piste and is not part of the saga – or the Anakin story – so it's the 'rogue' one, you know?," he explained. He also mentioned that the term is a "military callsign" which may or may not refer back to the Rogue Squadron of the Original Trilogy. It may also refer back to main character Jyn Erso.
But, perhaps, it is over-thinking the point? Unlike The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, Rogue One feels like a very natural title in the Star Wars galaxy. Of course, that could be my bias for Star Wars video games like X-Wing and Dark Forces showing. Sometimes, a title that is pleasing to the ear is all you need.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens on December 16th.