Kathleen Kennedy, the president of LucasFilm, confirmed that Star Wars: Rogue One will not be getting a sequel in any form. Now that might initially be a bummer if you thought that death troopers were super cool looking and you wanted to see them in future films, or any of the major cast members in this movie. At the same time, that means that they likely could have taken a lot more narrative risks in Star Wars: Rogue One than any Star Wars film up to date. That’s a great thing. The only characters that really need to survive this film are Darth Vader, Mon Mothma, and characters like that. That means any of the characters in this film might actually die.
Why this is exciting is that the Star Wars cinematic universe has relatively been safe for the main characters until very recently. Star Wars: Rogue One allows them to develop the extended universe of Star Wars in the films in a way that we haven’t gotten to see before. If Star Wars: Rogue One is successful, that could mean huge things moving forward, because the other Star Wars anthology films that have been planned or even rumored to revolve around original Star Wars characters, like Han Solo, Bobba Fett, and everyone’s really hoping for a Ben Kenobi film. Star Wars Rogue One is completely unique in the fact that this is not attached to any specific main characters from the original trilogy. That’s exciting.
If Rogue One does well, then we might get to see a lot more interesting stories, and a lot more deeper dive into the Star Wars universe than we’ve ever had before, like what we’ve seen with a lot of the Star Wars video games like Knights of the Old Republic which of course is not cannon anymore, but is a fantastic Star Wars story, and that stories like that might get told. Another great example is Star Wars: TIE Fighter which had a fantastic plotline for basically a TIE fighter sim. It was one of the best Star Wars games ever made. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, another great example of great story telling that could have easily become part of the Star Wars cinematic universe.
If Star Wars: Rogue One does well and really impresses audiences, we may finally get a more Star Wars cinematic extended universe that fleshes out this world that we know and love, and that can finally leave the Luke Skywalker legacy behind, which I think is about time, and I certainly feel like the new trilogy is attempting to do step by step. I am very excited for Star Wars: Rogue One, and I’m even more excited that these characters may not even survive the film.