Rogue One originally featured Jedi, including one with a very close tie to Jyn

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May 4, 2017, 2:59 PM EDT (Updated)

The version of Rogue One we saw on the big screen was not the movie first conceived by Lucasfilm, and it turns out that it almost featured a few Jedi — including one that would’ve had a close connection to Jyn.

The film’s co-writer Chris Weitz revealed to Yahoo! Movies that several early drafts of the story featured Jedi characters in the margin of the narrative, most notably Jyn’s mother. Which isn’t much of a surprise, considering she gives Jyn a Kyber crystal necklace in the final cut of the film. So why did they ax that subplot? Weitz said they felt the story had more weight if it focused more on regular people and their roles in the Rebellion.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

“For a long time in the story, there were Jedi around, even if only in the background. Jyn’s mother was a Jedi. We thought that it would be more interesting to have a story without Force powers, without lightsabers. We could explore a period of broken faith, a galaxy without hope … There’s despair because the Jedi are gone – and with them, for many, even the memory of the Force. That meant our story could be about normal people pulling themselves up by their bootstraps.”

Rogue One has gotten largely positive reviews since hitting the big screen, and it’s also making a boatload of money. So fans certainly seem interested in seeing a story without any lightsabers (Darth Vader notwithstanding, of course). 

What do you think? Would you have preferred to have a few Jedi warriors kicking around?

(Via Yahoo! Movies)