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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Director Gives New Details about Jedi Homeland

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is still months away, but Star Wars Fans–still reeling in the afterglow of last December’s mammoth epic, are clamoring for details. And director Gareth Edwards keeps dropping crumbs. The latest tidbit has to do with Jedha, the spiritual home-planet of the Jedi.

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Edwards was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly. The pop rag does occasionally provide some insightful fan service. Edwards let slip that the planet of Jedha will serve as a sacred centered on “the themes of losing your faith.” Finding faith and losing faith have been constant threads woven through all of the Star Wars stories.

Edwards noted that Jedha is a Middle Eastern-inspired holy land, and–like the Middle East–is dealing with Imperial occupation.

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Edwards was not incredibly forthcoming with details, but he did tease fans with the clue that Jedha is significant to both the Empire and the Jedi. Let the speculation begin….

The whizkids at EW are guessing it is Kyber crystals. According to Star Wars lore, there is one of these crystals at the core of every lightsaber. In small doses, the Kyber crystals power lightsabers–imagine what they could do if their energy was concentrated.

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Rogue One takes place between the chronological movies Star Wars fans have come to consider sacred. It will fill in the gaps. And as we already know, there are very few Jedi left in the galaxy. Edwards said that Jedha is home to a rebel faction centered around one powerful or charismatic leader, and that the rebels are in search of him or her.

Without getting too sentimental, I’ll give my typical admonition about new Star Wars details. Fans love a mystery. We love the specific details, but it is the dark, uncharted regions of the story that provide our imaginations with so much energy.

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Consider Han’s origin story (still not 100% carved in stone), or that of Boba Fett, which was a big let down for many.

Part of what makes the Jedi so compelling is that we don’t have all the answers. If these interstitial films will be hits with fans, they’ll have to handle the story gently.