George Lucas Influences Rogue One during studio tour

The Father of Star Wars George Lucas took a tour of the Rogue One Design Department

Although Lucas sold all the rights to Star Wars for $4 Billion in 2014 to Disney, the legendary visionary had ideas for The Force Awakens which were rejected in favor of J.J.Abrams plans.

However, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards recently spoke to Total Film about George Lucas’ visit to the design department.

Gareth Edwards director for Rogue One
Gareth Edwards director for Rogue One


As you would expect when the creator of a franchise which has gripped the imaginations of millions takes a tour around the Rogue One design department, something was clear from the beginning to Edwards:

“whatever [Lucas] liked was pretty much guaranteed to be in the film,” 


Edwards says that sitting in the department was a prop that they couldn’t fit into the movie.

“a helmet we loved but didn’t know where to put it; there wasn’t really an opportunity to use it. [Then Lucas] walked past it and went ‘That’s cool, I like that'”


Not surprisingly then, that led to a renewed determination to put the mysterious helmet in the film, as the offhand comment by Lucas spurred Edwards into action:


“looked at each other like, ‘OK, we have to put that in the film!'”

Rogue One out December 15th
Rogue One out December 15th


Unfortunately, Edwards stopped short of giving us a description of the helmet in question so it’ll be hard to spot in the movie, but hopefully he’ll let us in on which one it is after the movie is released. 

Directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, and Alan Tudyk, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is scheduled to open in UK on December 15, 2016 and in the US a day later.