Saturday 24 June 2017

Star Wars fan Gareth Edwards thought Rogue One director offer was clerical error

Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso in the new Star Wars anthology film Rogue One (Star Wars YouTube channel/PA)
Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso in the new Star Wars anthology film Rogue One (Star Wars YouTube channel/PA)

Rogue One director Gareth Edwards has admitted he thought it was a clerical error when he was first approached to helm the Star Wars film.

The British film-maker had just finished production on Godzilla starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Bryan Cranston when he got the call and said he was too exhausted to get excited.

He said: "I suspect it was a clerical error and they meant to email someone else.

"I had just finished a big film and was exhausted, I just wanted to have a holiday but I went to Lucasfilm and was not good at auditioning.

"But I got home and was sent an idea and realised it was connecting to A New Hope, my favourite movie of all time.

"I thought 'this is sacrilegious, you can't do this', but then I begged to. It is so surreal to make Star Wars."

He added: "I couldn't sit in the cinema knowing I had the chance to do it but someone else did."

The film is set years before the first ever Star Wars film, Episode IV, and Edwards joked: "I do Rogue One and George (Lucas) got to do the sequel Rogue Two."

During a Q&A live-streamed on Twitter from George Lucas's visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco, he said he was aware of the pressure to deliver a film in the franchise but added: "You're on set and there are stormtroopers and an X-wing and you feel four years old again."

Star Felicity Jones, who plays heroine Jyn Erso, said the film gave her a welcome opportunity to escape period dramas.

She said: "It is so great to finally get out of the corset. I'm never going back. This is it now.

"It was full on, Diego (Luna, her co-star) and I would be doing boxing training outside our trailers like we were in Rocky. You throw yourself around these enormous sets."

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is released in UK cinemas on December 14.

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