After months and months of speculation about what to expect from the Gareth Edwards-directed stand alone “Star Wars” film, we finally have not only a release date but also a title: "Rogue One.” So you know what that means -- even more speculation, but with a specific focus this time!
While the term “Rogue One” sounds pretty dang vague out of context -- like, “Phantom Menace” vague, even -- obsessive fans will know that it’s actually the title given to the leader of a group of Rebel Alliance pilots called the Rogue Squadron.This team was first briefly mentioned in passing during “The Empire Strikes Back” (Luke uses the term “Rogue” as a call sign during a battle on Hoth and is referred to as the Rogue Leader himself in the script), but it wasn’t until the 1991 novel “Heir to the Empire” that they became a staple of the “Star Wars” Expanded Universe, appearing in other books, comics, and even video games, most notably “Star Wars: Rogue Squadron” for the Nintendo64.
Of course, it’s not like you‘ll need to have the entire history of Rogue Squadron memorized going into this film -- the new movies will follow a completely different storyline that has nothing to do with the Expanded Universe, save for the occasional borrowed idea here and there.This wouldn’t even be the first time the new “Star Wars” canon has snagged a concept originally from unofficial sources, as a matter of fact; in the Disney XD series “Star Wars: Rebels,” the villainous Inquisitor is a direct nod to a team of jedi-hunting agents from the EU novels.
So what does this mean for Felicity Jones, who so far is the only actor attached to the film? Hopefully that she’s going to be Rogue One, because it would mean that the franchise, which used to be pretty dude-heavy, is really committing to putting some more women in lead roles this time around. Don't get me wrong, I love Princess Leia and Mon Mothma from the original trilogy, but how cool would it be to have an in-charge lady pilot kicking ass and taking Imperial names, too? Tell me you wouldn't watch the heck out of that. I sure would.