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STAR WAR: ROGUE ONE – Why This One Key Location Was Kept A Secret

Yeah, the Star Wars prequel trilogy had its flaws. Who am I kidding? It was filled to the brim with flaws and missed opportunities. However, upon taking a closer look at it, one strength is that very few of the flaws lied in the actual plot so much as the poor execution from creator/director George Lucas. As a result, even the most cringeworthy of scenes had the backdrop of a truly captivating story. I mean, when fans ask about filmmakers ignoring the prequels, I have a hard time getting on board, because it was how things happened, not what happened.

As a result, despite all the stumbles, there were a few key gems in those films, most of which were present in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Among these gems was the climactic battle on the volcano planet of Mustafar. It is here where Anakin and Obi-Wan hashed things out via lightsaber, resulting in Anakin’s dismemberment and deformity. Who would’ve thought that Vader would have gone and made Mustafar his own personal base?

It was a great surprise to fans when the planet showed up on screen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and according to one of the film’s editor, John Gilroy, the filmmakers were very keen on keeping the planet’s identity a bit of a secret — even in the film itself.

“We had [a title card] on for a little while, but what we realized was Star Wars fans — true Star Wars fans — if they saw the name, would know exactly what they were going to see. And we wanted it to be a bit of a surprise, so we decided to not put the title on so Star Wars fans could be surprised along with people who were not initiated to where Mustafar was.”

What about you? Were you able to distinguish immediately that the planet we were visiting was indeed Mustafar? Let us know down below!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is out in theaters now!

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SOURCE: Yahoo! Movies

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