To be honest, you don't deserve a spoiler warning. Unless you're stuck in a galaxy far, far away, there's really no excuse for not seeing Rogue One already, but we're going to give you the benefit of the doubt and throw you a heads up anyway.
Wow. Just when you thought every blockbuster in 2016 would play it safe, Rogue One blew our minds and did a complete 180, killing off every damn member of the cast in a final battle of galactic proportions. In this world of never-ending sequels, prequels and schmequels, it was refreshing to see a major release strive to create one uniquely self-contained story... aside from the inescapable links to Episode IV: A New Hope, of course.
By ensuring that every main character of Rogue One died, director Gareth Edwards provided a plausible reason for why none of the new cast members appear or are even mentioned in the original trilogy, all while negating the need for a sequel. However, new details have surfaced regarding a key contract that suggest at least one of the Rogue One stars could live on in the films after all.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, #FelicityJones is contracted to star in one more #StarWars film, despite being incinerated in a blaze of fiery glory at the end of Rogue One. Unless Jones is going to lend her vocal talents to a pile of talking ashes, it's hard to imagine how the character of #JynErso could return, although it makes sense that Lucasfilm would want to retain the highest paid member of the cast for future instalments.
Will Jyn Appear In A Star Wars Spinoff, Or 'Rogue One 2'?
Lucasfilm have stated before that Rogue One was always intended to play out as a standalone film, so a direct follow-up seems extremely unlikely, especially as we already have a sequel in the form of Star Wars: A New Hope. The way that Rogue One directly ties into Episode IV makes the idea of Rogue One 2 basically impossible.
However, there's still a chance that Felicity Jones could appear in the upcoming Han Solo film or another Star Wars spin-off, playing a younger version of Jyn. Fifteen years of her character's back story is currently unaccounted for, as Rogue One jumped swiftly from Jyn's childhood and the present day; thus, it's not too much of a stretch to imagine Jones returning in this capacity.
Furthermore, there's also the possibility of seeing Jyn return briefly in a posthumous capacity, either in a flashback, as a hologram or even as a freaky Force powered ghost, à la Obi Wan Kenobi. Rogue One took a more realistic stance on the Star Wars mythos, but that doesn't mean Jyn couldn't become involved in the stranger side of the saga.
Was Jyn Supposed To Survive Rogue One?
Alternatively, the sequel option in Felicity's contract could be explained away by major changes that were made to the script after negotiations were initially wrapped up. Now that Rogue One has hit cinemas, it's become even more clear that a number of scenes were removed or reshot, especially when you compare the final release to the trailer.
Check out every Rogue One trailer clip that didn't make it into the final film below:
The decision to kill off every main cast member in Rogue One is an extremely controversial move for such a huge Hollywood film, so it would make sense that Lucasfilm may have initially decided to keep Jyn alive somehow, probably through some last minute rescue in the film's final moments. If that's the case, then it means that there will definitely be no Rogue One 2 after all, as Lucasfilm ultimately chose the more morbid ending.
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While the idea of seeing more films in the style of the war-torn Rogue One does hold some appeal, there's no way that Lucasfilm could have feasibly committed to a 'sequel' without enraging fans through some bizarre plot contrivance. Sure, there's still a chance that Felicity Jones could return to the Star Wars universe one day, but for now, let Jyn rest in peace. The poor girl's been through enough as it is. Rebel life ain't pretty, after all.
Would you like to see a direct sequel to Rogue One?
(Source — The Hollywood Reporter)