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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:
    • George Lucas really liked the movie when he saw it, much to the relief of Gareth Edwards. His response was warmer than the one he had for The Force Awakens.
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    • Several tweets from Stephen Stanton (the voice of Tarkin in The Clone Wars and Rebels) have indicated that Stanton highly approved of both Guy Henry's performance and of the CGI used to recreate Peter Cushing's face.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Covers Always Lie: This poster shows K-2SO, Jyn and Cassian running on the beach of Scarif under fire. In the film, they infiltrate the base disguised as Imperials and never fight on the beaches. Trailers do show them running on the beach, but reshoots happened and the scene was not included in the film.
  • Creator Cameo: Gareth Edwards plays the rebel soldier who disengages the Tantive IV from Admiral Raddus’ ship.
  • 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 37 when he played him.
  • 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.
  • Fan Nickname:
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    • Before it was confirmed that Diego Luna's character was named Cassian Andor, some called him "Biggs Darklighter" due to the uncanny resemblance between the two characters.
    • "Episode 3.9" for the film as a whole, given its position in the chronology.
  • 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.
    • A popular theory about why the Death Star would have such a giant design flaw was that it was done on purpose. This movie confirms that yes it was.
    • 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.
  • Jossed:
    • As soon as it was announced that there would be reshoots on the film, many were worried that Disney would Bowdlerise the movie to make it more family-friendly, especially after The Force Awakens. As more and more footage came in, it was abundantly clear that this would not be the case, particularly with the warning that the film may be too intense for younger viewers present in some advertisements. Once the film was screened to critics, many of them noted that that the movie was much Darker and Edgier than they were expecting.
    • Prior to the release of the movie, there were a number of fans that guessed that Jyn Erso would be the mother of Rey from the Sequel Trilogy. This turns out not to be the case, as Jyn does not survive the events of this film.
    • After a promotional image showing a blonde female X-Wing pilot was unveiled, fans began speculating that she was Evaan Verlaine from Mark Waid's Princess Leia comic book. She actually turned out to be a new character named Zal Dinnes.
    • Word of God has also stuck down the idea some fans had that Chirrut Îmwe isn't Force-sensitive. He is sensitive, just not to the same level that a Jedi would be.
    • Similar to the Biggs note, many thought Cassian Andor would be Kyle Katarn based on both the physical resemblance, and that Kyle was involved in one of the many earlier versions of the Death Star plans being stolen.
  • 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 Mexican 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, is too old 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 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 actor 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.
    • 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 Spaniard and Mexican 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.
  • 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.
  • Role Reprisal:
    • 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 and Revenge of the Sith, 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 Episode 8 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. Zig-zagged in that such systems are still in use in some cases in the real world today, for the reason that this film actually illustrates quite effectively—security. It takes Jyn and Cassian a lot of time and effort to retrieve the data from the archive, and they are nearly caught by the Imperials for doing so, demonstrating the efficacy of physical, offline storage as a security practice.
  • 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:
    • Tatiana Maslany, Rooney Mara, and Kate Mara screen-tested for the part of Jyn Erso before Felicity Jones was cast.
    • Aaron Paul, Sam Claflin, and Édgar Ramírez auditioned for the role of Cassian Andor before the casting of Diego Luna.
    • Prominently shown in the trailers, Jyn, Cassian and Kaytoo were to take part in the ground battle on Scariff after retrieving the Death Star Plans. As originally written and filmed, the transmitter was not in the same building as the archive. Once they retrieved the plans, they had to fight their way across the beaches to the transmitter building to beam them up to the fleet. The bulk of the reshoots actually went into streamlining this sequence so that the transmitter and archive were the same building.
    • Likewise, the first draft of the script had the heroes survive the final battle, as Gareth Edwards believed that there was no way the studio would let him kill off all the main characters in a Star Wars movie. To his great surprise, both Disney and Kathleen Kennedy gave him permission to pull a Kill 'Em All in the final act, reasoning that there was really no other way to end a direct prequel featuring characters who had never been seen in any of the other movies. More specifically, the original ending would have had Jyn and Cassian managing to escape Scarif on a ship and rendezvous with the Tantive IV right as Darth Vader's fleet arrives. They only have enough time to transmit the plans to Leia's ship before their ship is destroyed, but an escape pod can be seen leaving the wreckage implying that they both survived.
    • Darth Vader's role was even smaller in John Knoll's original pitch, basically being a Cameo with no lines. His part was beefed up a bit so that the studio could tease his involvement in the marketing. The result was one of the most visceral scenes in the film that ends up tying the whole story together and fills in some serious plot holes regarding Vader's character in the beginning of A New Hope.
    • Knoll also didn't want the movie to have anything to do with the Jedi, the Sith or the Force. Gareth Edwards was the one who added Jedha and the other Force-related elements to the movie, as he believed a Star Wars movie without the Force just felt wrong.
    • Alexandre Desplat was the film's original composer, but was replaced by Michael Giacchino after the film was extensively reshot, as Desplat was no longer available to score the new footage.
    • Lyra, Jyn's mother, was originally going to be a Jedi. This plot point was abandoned because the creative team thought it'd be better to examine what life in the Star Wars universe was like for normal people after the fall of the Jedi Order.
    • In John Knoll's original story draft of the film Krennic served as an Imperial spy on the Rogue One team, a plot element that was removed entirely when Gary Whitta joined the writing process. Krennic was also going to have a boss he would report to, named Willix Cree.
    • Also, the Rogue One squad was made up of Jyn, Kaytoo (who originally was a protocol droid), a Rebel pilot named Ria Talla (whose name would be used as a fake identity in Rebels), an alien duo named Senna and Lunak (the latter would’ve been reused for the now-cancelled game Star Wars: Ragtag), and two other rebels named Dray Nevis and Jerris Kastal. Jyn and Kaytoo would be carried over, Ria would presumably become Bodhi, Senna and Lunak were replaced by Baze and Chirrut, and Cassian replaced the other two rebels.
    • Though ILM and the production crew were confident that Tarkin could be resurrected for the film, back-up plans were made in case they were unable to portray the character. These included relegating Tarkin's lines to other characters and potentially having Tarkin only appear in a hologram.
    • During the pre-release hype, Tudyk said that one of his proudest moments was pulling off the fancy footwork he needed to do in the sand.
  • 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.
  • 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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