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  • Actor-Inspired Element:
    • It was Donnie Yen's idea that Chirrut would be blind, which Gareth Edwards loved and rolled with.
    • Krennic wasn't supposed to wear his Badass Cape throughout the whole movie, only when confronting the Ersos at their farm on Eadu. Ben Mendelsohn loved it so much that he just kept wearing it in every subsequent scene, and it became essentially the most iconic feature of the character.
  • Approval of God:
  • Ascended Fanon: The film canonises the popular theory that the Death Star's infamous weakness was not merely an oversight, but an act of intentional sabotage by the engineer that designed it.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Fans and memes frequently misquote Krennic's line "We were this close" by finishing it with "to success" rather than "to providing peace and security to the galaxy."
  • Cast the Expert:
    • The rebel reinforcements who jump out of the U-Wing during the battle of Scarif are all actual United States army veterans.
    • Alan Tudyk's previous experience performing mo-cap was a factor in his casting. He originally thought he was being brought on as an advisor before realizing that his knowledge was entirely outdated.
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  • Cast the Runner-Up: Gareth Edwards also offered Donnie Yen the role of Baze Malbus to test his interest in joining the movie.
  • Content Leak: Due to Jiang Wen's limited knowledge of the English language, he accidentally let it slip that Chirrut dies during the Rogue One presentation at the 2016 Star Wars Celebration event while explaining his character. Thankfully, he didn't spoil everyone else's deaths in the process.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Subverted since he mainly thought it was funny, but Diego Luna was a little perturbed spending most of his time with Alan Tudyk with Tudyk's crotch bulge directly in his eyeline.
    • Another joking example with Ben Mendelsohn being dispointed he wasn't allowed to keep Krennic's blaster.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Jyn Erso is supposed to be 21, and yet she is portrayed by a 32 year old Felicity Jones.
    • Cassian Andor is listed as 26, but Diego Luna was 36 at the time of shooting.
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  • Deleted Scene: See here.
  • Executive Meddling: Paramount requested Lucasfilm change the title of the movie out of fear that audiences would confuse Lucasfilm's movie for their own movie, by the similarly-named Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, even though both films were set for release over a year apart from one another. Instead, the two studios came to an agreement that the movie could keep its name so long as information about the movie was not revealed until after Rogue Nation was released, save for bits of information discussed at major private events. This was ultimately a pointless effort, given that all of Lucasfilm's marketing focus in 2015 went toward The Force Awakens.
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  • He Also Did: Jiang Wen is better known as a director in China (though many are also aware of his actor status as he stars in many of his directed films), so him starring in a Hollywood production is quite a surprise to many in China.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Many people figured out that Darth Vader would be one of the main villains of the film long before it was officially announced. Many also correctly guessed that he'd be the person inside the bacta tank which was shown in the first trailer.
    • Rebels fans concluded that if Cassian is a member of Alliance Intelligence and has a history of recruiting people into the Rebellion, then he must've been a Fulcrum informant. All There in the Manual confirmed this is indeed the case.
    • While the theory that the Death Star's design flaw was done on purpose existed before Rogue One was even announced, many fans correctly speculated that the film would confirm it.
    • Upon the revelation that prior to Season 3 of Rebels Recon (the recap show for Rebels on YouTube) that Chopper was sent to England during the hiatus, due to apparently not being sent over for Celebration London, people started theorizing that he was going to show up in Rogue One as a cameo. Watch and listen carefully.
    • Fans correctly guessed that the Ghost would get some sort of cameo as being a part of the Rebel fleet, with the most likely character to appear or be mentioned alongside it being Hera.
    • A lot of people guessed that most if not all of the main characters would die.
  • In Memoriam: After Carrie Fisher's death, later showings of Rogue One dedicated it to her memory.
  • Invisible Advertising: The Chinese release of the film surprisingly lacked promotion leading up to its premiere in spite of the presence of Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen. This is most likely a result of government influence adversely affecting the movie's promotion, as the Communist government does not look too kindly upon the prospect of a movie promoting people rebelling against their government.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: A handful of scenes featured in the trailers and teasers are not present in the movie, although no major sequences involving visual effects are completely cut out of the film.
    • Jyn's "This is a rebellion, isn't it? I rebel." was taken out of the movie entirely after being shown in several advertisements, some of which showed multiple takes of the line.
    • Saw's speech to a younger Jyn about what she could become is not shown. The last we see of Saw in that time period is when he rescues her on Lah'mu.
    • Baze's "They destroyed our home!" is not spoken in the film.
    • The shot of the Stormtroopers wading through the waters of Scarif is not shown.
    • The trailers showed Jyn running through an Imperial facility with the Death Star plans hard drive. This scene was shot at the Canary Wharf station of the London Underground, which was redressed with Star Wars-style hardware, and the crew could only film there for one night while the station was closed for business. The entire scene was dropped from the final cut.
    • Three scenes appear to have been cut for the purposes of continuity, possibly as a result of the reshoots allegedly revising the third act. The first is the scene of Krennic marching through the surf after the battle died down. The second is the shot of Jyn staring down a TIE fighter on a railway. The third is the scene of Jyn leading the charge against the AT-ACTs while handling the yet-to-be-delivered Death Star plans. These changes were most likely put into place in order to give Jyn Erso and Orson Krennic an actual confrontation at the end, something that wouldn't have been possible if the continuity of these scenes remained unchanged. Some shots from the teaser trailer's climactic moment can be spotted spliced into the action on the ground, carefully edited to avoid showing Jyn or Cassian (or the AT-ACTs, which had not been revealed at that point in the final film).
    • Any shots of Jyn, Cassian, and K2 fighting on the beaches. Which is shame, because Alan Tudyk stated before the film released that some of his proudest work on the film was managing to run in the sand on his stilts.
  • Multiple Languages, Same Voice Actor: The Mexican-born Diego Luna requested to dub himself as Cassian Andor in the Latin American Spanish dub, and Disney obliged.
  • Network to the Rescue: The film was originally an idea proposed by Industrial Light & Magic effects supervisor John Knoll to George Lucas, who approved of it prior to selling Lucasfilm to Disney. Once Kathleen Kennedy replaced Lucas as CEO of Lucasfilm and learned about the project, she greenlit the movie.
  • The Other Darrin: Since the film takes place a very short time before A New Hope, which was filmed nearly four decades before Rogue One, some characters appearing in both had to be recast, including in various foreign dubs.
    • Spencer Wilding replaces Hayden Christensen inside Darth Vader's iconic suit (James Earl Jones still voices him however). Probably for the best as Christensen was a bit too short (6'1" compared with 6'6" David Prowse) to fit comfortably in the costume, and also justified in the sense that he only donned the suit for Revenge of the Sith because Anakin was just shown being fitted with the life-support system, despairing over the death of his wife, and then watching the construction of the Death Star — not seeing much action, in short. It also goes without saying that David Prowse, in his 80s at the time of filming, was too old and in not good enough shape to play the character at this point. Stuntman Daniel Naprous donned the costume for the action sequence Vader appears in.
    • Peter Cushing passed away in 1994 due to prostate cancer and Wayne Pygram (Revenge of the Sith) did not come back; Tarkin's face has been recreated through CGI with the body and voice of Guy Henry.
    • Ditto for Leia, as a much younger Carrie Fisher's face had to be recreated through CGI on actress Ingvild Deila's body, due to Fisher's age.
    • Peter Geddis was too old to play Captain Raymus Antilles again after A New Hope and Rohan Nichol didn't reprise the role after Revenge of the Sith. In this film, he was played by Tim Beckmann.
    • Ian McElhinney plays Jan Dodonna; Alex McCrindle passed away in 1990 (he would have been 105 by the time Rogue One came out).
    • Kenny Baker didn't get to reprise his role as R2-D2 for the droid's cameo as his health worsened after The Force Awakens. He passed away on August 13, 2016.
    • For the European French version, the iconic voice of Darth Vader from 1980 to 2005, Georges Aminel, passed away in 2007. Philippe Catoire (who voiced Vader in Star Wars Rebels) replaced him.
    • In the Japanese dub, Taiten Kusunoki voices Darth Vader, reprising that role from the dub of Star Wars Rebels as Vader's previous Japanese VA died in 2016. Also, Princess Leia is voiced by Miyuki Kawasho, rather than her official voice actress (Gara Takashima), as she is too old to reprise her younger self.
    • Ditto with Vader's European and Latin American Spanish voice actors, since his previous ones, Constantino Romero and Federico Romano respectively, sadly passed away. He is now voiced by Pedro Tena and Sebastian Llapur, the voice actors who already voiced the character in Rebels.
    • Grand Moff Tarkin in the Spaniard dub was voiced by Jordi Ribes as Tarkin's original voice actor, José Luis Sansalvador, passed away in the late 2000's. However, for Leia's only quote at the end of the film, María Luisa Solá did not reprise and was replaced by a younger actress (Nerea Alfonso) too.
    • In the Hungarian dub, László Horányi voiced Vader after all four of Vader's old voice actors have passed away. Horányi also dubbed him in Rebels. Tarkin was dubbed by László Újréti as his original dubbing actor László Versényi had died earlier in 2016. Tomasz Galbenisz took over from Imre Józsa as C-3PO, as he had also died earlier that year. Leia however kept her voice actress from the 1997 re-dub of the Original Trilogy.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Mads Mikkelsen is typically typecast as villains in American productions such as Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal, and Kaecilius in Doctor Strange (2016) (ironically released by Disney through Marvel the previous month), yet here he is playing Jyn's father, Galen Erso, a hero being held against his will by the Empire. However, you can make the argument that he's not so much playing against this type as he is playing ''with'' it, as he is playing a scientist working for THE Evil Empire...but is a much more heroic figure than many other figures in that faction.
    • The same goes in the Japanese dub with Galen's Japanese VA, Masahiko Tanaka, who is well-known for voicing villains or outright jerkasses, being his most famous role was voicing the Ax-Crazy mercenary Gauron.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • According to Star Wars Insider, Felicity Jones is a huge Star Wars fan and "dropped everything" in order to join the film's cast.
    • And it's not just her — everyone pretty much dorked out when George Lucas visited the set of the movie.
    • The way Diego Luna says "I still can't believe I'm in a Star Wars movie!" in several interviews is positively giddy.
  • Prop Recycling: The CGI models used for several Rebellion background ships (the Hammerhead corvettes, the Braha'tok gunship, and the Ghost herself) were the same digital assets from Star Wars Rebels with a photorealistic skin applied.
  • Real-Life Relative: Young Jyn is portrayed by two child actresses, who are also real-life sisters, for two scenes set in different time periods. Beau Gadsdon portrayed 8-year-old Jyn for the opening scene, while Dolly Gadsdon portrayed 4-year-old Jyn for the Coruscant flashback.
  • Refitted for Sequel:
    • The TIE Boarding Crafts accompanying Vader's shuttle and TIE Fighters had first been conceived for A New Hope before being reused for the TIE Bombers starting with The Empire Strikes Back.
    • An idea for Tarkin's cameo in Revenge of the Sith was to digitally recreate the character using footage from A New Hope, but couldn't be implemented due to a number of reasons. The biggest being that there was no footage of Peter Cushing wearing the full Imperial uniform the shot required, so the idea was scrapped, though it did lead to them finding an impressive lookalike. The basics of the idea would later end up in this film, with Tarkin digitally recreated using motion capture while unused footage and audio of Red & Gold Leader from A New Hope were used during the climactic final battle.
    • The Decraniated seen as background extras on Jedha were originally conceptualized for Maz Kanata's castle in The Force Awakens. Considering what the Decraniated are, they were likely unused for being too disturbing to be used as servants for a relatively noble pirate and Rogue One being a Darker and Edgier film, was seemingly a better place to use them.
    • Darth Vader's castle was based on an early idea for The Empire Strikes Back that was scrapped later on.
    • Chirrut's blessing, "May the Force of others be with you", appears in an early script for A New Hope, which predates the concept of the Force.
  • Role Reprise:
    • James Earl Jones voiced Darth Vader once again.
    • Genevieve O'Reilly returned as Mon Mothma after playing the character in a cameo for Revenge of the Sith, which had the majority of her scenes cut.
    • Jimmy Smits, who played Bail Organa in Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, and the Legends video game The Force Unleashed, also returned.
    • The actors to portray Red & Gold Leader from A New Hope return to voice their roles (somewhat; Red Leader's actor, Drewe Henley, had retired from filmmaking after A New Hope, which was his final film role, due to depression, and begin running a bed and breakfast in England eventually. Plus he died in 2016, during production of Rogue One, but they used archival footage for Red Leader Garven Dreis. Angus MacInnes, who played Gold Leader, DID reprise his role and recorded a few new lines).
    • While a body double is used—with her face imposed over the double—Carrie Fisher provides the voice for her appearance as Leia taken from archived footage. It along with The Last Jedi also doubles as Carrie Fisher's last film roles, as she died just a couple weeks after Rogue One premiered.
    • Anthony Daniels makes a cameo appearance as C-3PO.
  • Scully Box: Given K-2SO is a foot taller than Alan Tudyk, he was either on stilts (exact height) or with a K2 head cutout above him (exact line of sight for the other actors) during filming.
  • So My Kids Can Watch:
  • Spoiled by the Merchandise: Averted. When Hot Toys unveiled their Darth Vader figure for the film, it was noticed that the figure did not come with an ignited lightsaber, prompting speculation that Vader's role in the film would only be a mere cameo. Turns out this was deliberately done to avoid spoiling Vader's action scene. Hot Toys had previously done the same thing with their Rey figure from The Force Awakens to avoid spoiling that she ends up wielding Anakin's lightsaber during the third act.
  • Technology Marches On: Much of the film's plot is driven by a model of information technology that was dominant when the first Star Wars was made in 1977. Plans for the Death Star are stored offline, in a single physical location, in clear text on what resemble large data storage tapes as opposed to being stored in an online cloud storage system protected by encryption, which was the state of the art at the time the Rogue One was produced. The plethora of single function consoles is another throwback to the age of limited display and computing power.
  • Throw It In:
    • Having Chirrut Îmwe be blind was actually Donnie Yen's idea, and so, consequently, was the "Are you kidding me? I'm blind" line when Saw's goons bag him.
    • Alan Tudyk has implied that K-2's signature slouch was added during filming when it was realized that his mo-cap performance was more convincing with one.
    • K-2 slapping Cassian upside the head when pretending to be his guard was improvised by Alan Tudyk. If you look for it, you can see Diego Luna hiding his laughter.
    • The cast and crew admit Tudyk was always making up funny things to say. Gareth Edwards in particular said half the alternate takes of the K-2 are shaky because he is laughing and loses balance of the camera (in one particular scene, he bit his lip so as to keep still and not need to film again).
    • Krennic was only supposed to wear his white cape in the opening scene (since no other Imperial officers in the series have been shown wearing one indoors), but Ben Mendelsohn loved it so much that he simply continued to wear it. Gareth Edwards let him, since being the only person in the room wearing a cape was perfectly suited to Krennic's vanity.
  • What Could Have Been: Enough for its own page.
  • Word of God:
    • Darth Vader's castle is located on Mustafar from Revenge of the Sith — the planet is one of the only ones that are not given an expository label, so it was confirmed through this way instead. The reason that the planet was not labeled was for the purpose of avoiding an Interface Spoiler that would have revealed Darth Vader's presence in the story a little too early.
    • Pablo Hidalgo confirmed on Twitter that General Syndulla and the unnamed rebel VCX-100 is indeed a promoted Hera and the Ghost.
    • Gareth Edwards revealed in a podcast that he was going to do an alternate ending with the main characters surviving as he believed Disney and Lucasfilms wouldn't approve the original ending with the entire cast being killed by the end of film. To his surprise and relief, Kathy Kennedy, the President of Lucasfilms and Disney weren't bothered with the ending where the main characters died and allowed him to film it.
  • Word of Saint Paul: In an interview for the Vanity Fair YouTube channel, Diego Luna claims that Cassian Andor is a great cook whose specialty is chilaquilesnote . (Supposedly, Luna himself is a bit of a hobbyist cook and makes a mean chilaquiles himself.) This tidbit has zero bearing on the movie, but fans have naturally latched onto it, and many depictions of Cassian in fanfic will at least mention him cooking.
  • Write What You Know: Gary Whitta, EIC at PC Gamer magazine during the '90s, more or less wrote a film adaptation of a popular '90s' Star Wars PC game.
  • Written by Cast Member: Since Bodhi’s backstory isn’t covered in the movie, Riz Ahmed got to create it. According to him, Bodhi became an Imperial cargo pilot so he could gather money for his poor and ill mother. Unfortunately, his mother passed away shortly before the events of Rogue One, but since that means he no longer had anything to lose, that opened him up to helping Galen and the rebels.

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