So far on the film front, we’ve seen Star Wars in a very limited capacity. Each film has a very self-contained structure, with little-to-no room for flashbacks or flash forwards. The farthest we got away from that was the recent “vision” Rey had in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but with the upcoming anthology films, we can likely expect a shakeup of the narrative style.
In the recent Rogue One trailer, we had our first glimpse of this changeup when we saw a young version of Jyn Erso. With this little reveal, it seemed clear that, for the first time, we’ll have a story that spans decades, not months or weeks.
Speaking with GQ, actor Mads Mikkelsen confirmed this, stating that we’ll actually be seeing Jyn Erso at three separate ages in the film, not just two.
“I worked a few days with Felicity Jones and she is a wonderful actress. I worked with Jyn at three stages, and three different ages, so there was a little kid that was four, one that was eight, and then there was Felicity. So that was wonderful.”
In Rogue One, Mikkelsen plays Jyn's father, Galen Erso, an Oppenheimer-type character who assists in building the Death Star, supposedly against his will.
I definitely had my concerns going into this movie. This is the first one that will supposedly stand alone, and to have as an ensemble piece…I was worried they’d wouldn’t give Jyn a fair character arc. However, based on the most recent trailer, it’s very clear it will be a Jyn-focused joint. Not only will the plot revolve around her, but at the center of it all, there will be her relationship with her father, which I hope will give Star Wars an unprecedented amount of relatability.
That being said, I can imagine some fans being a bit disappointed by the development of a more sprawling narrative. While the story thus far in the franchise has been Shakespearean in scope, the actual timespan in each film is generally limited. In the long run, this will give the franchise more flexibility, but at the same time, I can understand the whole, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality.
What do you think? Is it good news that we’re finally getting a story that spans decades, or do you wish they had stuck to the precedent set by the previous standard saga films? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16, 2016.
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