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Is Princess Leia in Rogue One? Here's director Gareth Edwards' interesting answer

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Dec 1, 2016

Rogue One director Gareth Edwards was, shall we say, elusive when asked a series of pointed questions recently. Possible spoilers ahead!

According to Slashfilm, said questions were directed at him during a French television interview, in which the host hit the filmmaker with a series of queries for which Edwards was instructed to give only a "yes" or "no" answer. A couple of the questions he answered directly: Is Luke Skywalker in Rogue One? "No." Are there lightsabers? "Yes," he replies, pointing to his hip -- an indication perhaps that we'll at least see one attached to the belt of Darth Vader.

But some questions are not answered so unambiguously. Pressed as to whether there are Jedi knights in the movie, Edwards responds, "Technically, yes," which is not just vague but contradicts earlier reports that they weren't. Finally, asked if Princess Leia and R2-D2 show up in the movie, Edwards says, "I don't want to ruin it for people."

Wait, what? Considering that he flat-out said no when asked about Luke, Edwards' more indirect answer regarding Leia has to raise some questions. After all, it is she who is holding the Death Star plans (inside R2, of course) at the beginning of A New Hope. Might we see Leia (possibly a de-aged Carrie Fisher) receive those blueprints at the end of Rogue One?

A friend of mine happened to share his own theory with me just last night about Leia and Rogue One. I won't reveal it here, and I think honestly it's a pretty wild leap, but it came to mind watching Edwards give his cagey response. With folks like Darth Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin and Leia's adoptive father Bail Organa all slated to show up in the movie, does it seem like too much of a stretch that we'll see a surprise appearance from the princess herself?

Watch the interview at Star Wars News Net (the relevant portion begins at 6:10) and judge for yourself ...