For fans of the Star Wars franchise, the present is something of a golden age. Since 2015's The Force Awakens debuted, each year since has seen a new film in the series, which will likely continue for some time to come. While not matching the massive success of Episode VII, last year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story still earned an impressive $1 billion globally thanks to its mix of stand-alone action and connections to the larger lore of Star Wars. It was not only critically-acclaimed and adored by fans, but proved to Disney and Lucasfilm that their anthology spinoff model has legs.
While all eyes are looking ahead to this December's The Last Jedi, there's still a lot of anticipation for 2018's Han Solo film. Though fairly connected to the main series, it will offer another chance to see if side stories set in the galaxy far, far away can generate the numbers and praise the Star Wars franchise has grown accustomed to in the past couple of years. While we await news on both of those projects, however, little bits of behind-the-scenes information keep pouring in about Rogue One. We've seen how the Rogue One filmmaking crew crashed two Star Destroyers, and infamously brought Tarkin back to life. But this next tidbit is in a category all its own.
In what is likely one of the funniest bits of Star Wars trivia, THR has a quote from Rogue One director Gareth Edwards during his SXSW panel, where he explains the origin for the name of the planet Scarif. We've all heard hilarious stories about baristas getting people's names wrong on coffee cups, but Edwards likely boasts the instance with the most cultural significance:
"I must have said, 'It's Gareth,' and they wrote 'Scarif,'"
Considering how important the planet Scarif is to the climax of Rogue One, not to mention the jumping off point for the original Star Wars trilogy, it's amazing to think about the origin of the name being all about a coffee typo. While it certainly doesn't negate the poignancy of the scenes, it adds a fun layer for fans. Most artists pull from their own life when they create, pouring blood, sweat, and even coffee into their work.
In other behind-the-scenes Scarif news, we've also seen a look at how the VFX scenes were put together during the final fight of the film. We also got some official info on the various locales of Rogue One from Lucasfilm a few weeks back. With Rogue One about to be released digitally and on Blu-ray, expect a few more bonus features in the coming weeks. In the meantime, take a look at how Rogue One should have ended.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be available on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on March 24th, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, and On-Demand on April 4th.
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019