Ben Mendelsohn in Rogue One

Gareth Edwards teases conflict within the Empire for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Oct 25, 2016

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story taking place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, moviegoers will get reacquainted with the evil Galactic Empire, but this time there are hints that there will be some infighting within the Imperial ranks.

In a new interview with USA Today, director Gareth Edwards opened up about the new Star Wars movie’s main Big Bad, Director Orson Krennic (played by Bloodline’s Ben Mendelsohn), and how the villain the Rebel Alliance will go up against will be much different than a Darth Vader (voiced again by James Earl Jones) or a Grand Moff Tarkin.

Why? Well, according to Edwards, the difference is that Krennic is more of a working-class villain instead of the more “upper-class types” typified by the likes of Vader and Tarkin, and the leader of the Death Trooper squad is a man who had to fight tooth and nail to get where he’s at. Here's what he said:

“It feels like if the Empire ever have a job vacancy, they go to the Royal Shakespeare Company to headhunt people. I like the idea that Ben’s character was much more working-class” and rose in the ranks “through sheer force of personality and ideas.”

And this is where the idea of conflict within the ranks comes in, as Edwards added that Krennic “hits a brick wall in the hierarchy where they won’t let him in the club and it’s going to turn into a them-or-us situation: either Krennic or Tarkin and the others.”

Now, that should definitely make for some very interesting dynamics and power plays between Director Krennic and Darth Vader (and the rest of the Imperial leaders) when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in movie theaters on Dec. 16. What do you think?

(via USA Today)

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