AceShowbiz - Fans who already watched "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" might know that there wasn't any Jedi character appeared in the movie. However, director Gary Edwards revealed that in the earliest script, Jyn Erso's mother Lyra (Valene Kane) was originally meant to be a Jedi knight in the movie's prologue.
"The prologue, at one point a long time ago, was going to be the Empire coming to kill the Jedi. And Jyn's mom was going to be a Jedi," Edwards said to Entertainment Weekly. "We were witnessing one of those kills and Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) would be the person sent to do it."
The director went on explaining, "Our instinct told us that we wanted a scene where Jyn (Felicity Jones) is orphaned because of what Krennic does, which sets her on her path of being a child of war." He shared, "The problem was that the second you make her mom a Jedi you spend the entire movie questioning whether Jyn is a Jedi or not."
"Eventually, we came up with the idea that her father (Mads Mikkelsen) should have designed the Death Star," Edwards continued. "That became a stronger way into stealing of the Death Star plans. We let go of the mother being a Jedi, and she became just a rebellious mom."
Meanwhile, writer Gary Whitta said, "This would be the first 'Star Wars' film that did not have a Jedi factor. I was concerned about it for a while. They are basically extinct." He explained, "There are two left [Yoda and Obi Wan Kenobi], and they're in hiding. You're not going to see a Jedi in this film. How do we still get some element of the fact that the Force hasn't gone anywhere? That it's just in the background?"
"Her mother was a Jedi Knight who was hiding out. But her father was still the scientist," Whitta shared. "We just had to pick a lane. We ended up feeling like her father should be the reason this thing existed. The guilt for that felt like better motivation in stealing the Death Star plans." The writer added, "In the end, we decided it was too much. We didn't need an actual Jedi character. We just needed someone who could feel the Force."
Whitta then mentioned how Chris Weitz came up with the blind warrior monk, Chirut Imwe (Donnie Yen), who managed to fill that void. "He came on this great and had this great idea of bringing in the Guardians of the Whills." The writer shared, "The movie addressed it in just the right way. The character that feels the Force is a believer, and he has that faith-based spiritual element but isn't actually a Jedi knight."