What exactly goes into the naming of a planet? THR recently caught up with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards, to get his take on the matter. You might think, that it took months of deliberation, deciding just the right use of letters to create something iconic. Well you would be wrong. Apparently naming a planet could be just a matter of misspelling a name…
It was a trip to Tunisia to visit the site of Tatooine in the original Star Wars — complete with a visit to Obi-Wan Kenobi’s home and a glass of blue milk at Luke Skywalker’s house — that inspired Edwards to make a commitment to directing. His first feature-length film was Monsters, which premiered at SXSW in 2010 and helped put him on Hollywood’s radar. Edwards recalled meeting with then-Legendary CEO Thomas Tull, who told him that the studio wanted to work with him. “I just started crying,” he said. “It was really embarrassing.”
Now, Edwards is just coming off Rogue One, which despite being plagued by stories of reshoots made just over $1 billion worldwide. Edwards shared a few stories from the making of the film, including that the name of the planet Scarif from the film was the result of a misspelling of his name on a coffee cup. “I must have said, ‘It’s Gareth,’ and they wrote ‘Scarif,’” he said to laughs.
About Rogue One:
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opened in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.