Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is hitting theaters in less than two months. While that's a pretty short waiting time, us Star Wars fans are eager to get our hands on every piece of information we can before then. That includes info on one of the most mysterious characters of the movie: Director Orson Krennic, played by Ben Mendelsohn.
So far, we know he's a ruthless guy (I mean, he's working for the Empire on a killing machine to annihilate any planet) and that he'll be at odds with Darth Vader throughout the course of the story. Well now, director Gareth Edwards has revealed key details about the character that will give us a better idea of what to expect from him.
During an interview with USA Today, Edwards talked about Orson Krennic, his rise to power and his relationship with the Empire, so let's break it down.
Orson Krennic Is Very Different From The Average Empire Worker
In Star Wars movies, we're used to the characters working for the Empire being very polished; they clearly come from powerful families, such as General Hux and Grand Moff Tarkin. This characteristic was something Edwards wanted to avoid with Krennic:
“It feels like if the Empire ever have a job vacancy, they go to the Royal Shakespeare Company to headhunt people. I like the idea that Ben’s character was much more working-class”
He revealed that Krennic rose through the ranks “through sheer force of personality and ideas.” He also mentioned that Mendelsohn asked him about whether he should use a "posh English accent." The director declined because he wanted the character to be in charge of the advanced weapons wing of the Imperial military; in short, he wanted someone whose background made it easier to believe he'd be working on such area. That leads us to the next point...
His Relationship With The Empire
With Krennic working on perhaps the most important project the Empire has ever approved, you would think he would be a respected figure in the organization. Turns out that isn't the case:
“He hits a brick wall in the hierarchy where they won’t let him in the club and it’s going to turn into a them-or-us situation: either Krennic or Tarkin and the others.”
That creates a very interesting dichotomy within the Star Wars world. So far, we've seen people working as either a good guy or a bad guy completely aligned with their respective sides. Yes, individuals in the dark side are constantly betraying each other, and Finn switched allegiances in The Force Awakens, but for the most part, characters have always worked in tandem to achieve a common goal.
Here, though, Krennic works almost separately from the Empire. His humble origins prevent him him from getting anywhere significant, which smartly emulates what happens with people in the real world and introduces a great dynamic: He's the guy in charge of their weapon (the deadliest in the galaxy), and the Empire is excluding him. What if Krennic, tired of being screwed over by the organization, facilitates getting the plans for the Death Star to the Rebels? I know that's a stretch but it would be a great payoff for the story's handling of the character and a bit of backstabbing neither the Empire nor the audience would see coming.
It Seems Mendelsohn Is A Bit Of A Real-Life Vader Fanboy
From previous information, we know Krennic and Darth Vader will be rivals. The good thing is that his on-screen relationship didn't prevent actor Ben Mendelsohn's inner fanboy from jumping around when he saw the dark lord of the Sith in front of him. Gareth Edwards revealed that, during a break between filming one of Orson's first scenes alongside Vader, this happened:
“He [Mendelsohn] went, ‘It’s Darth Vader. We filmed with Darth Vader.’ And I was like,‘I know. It’s amazing, isn’t it?’ It was like no one wanted to admit that they’re having a little fanboy freak-out but everyone did. It’s impossible not to. He’s so iconic.”
It's nice to see the actors having fun with their roles... even the bad guys. Most of the cast have expressed their long history with Star Wars and getting anecdotes like this from the people both in front and behind the camera makes me very optimistic for the movie.
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Did these details get you more excited for Rogue One? Where do you think Orson Krennic will go in the story?
[Source: USA Today]