From 'Alien' to 'Blade Runner,' Here Are the Films That Inspired 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

From 'Alien' to 'Blade Runner,' Here Are the Films That Inspired 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

From 'Alien' to 'Blade Runner,' Here Are the Films That Inspired 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

With only days to go before a new Star Wars movie hits theaters, the cast and crew are now making the press rounds discussing all that went into bringing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to life. Fandango had a chance to sit down with the entire cast of Rogue One and director Gareth Edwards, and we’ll be bringing you those conversations as we inch closer to the film’s December 16 release.

But who can wait that long, right? I mean… Star Wars!

When we previewed 28 minutes of footage from Rogue One, one of the things that jumped out was the action. It’s tense, visceral and heart pounding at times, with much of it feeling like a war movie in ways. So we asked director Gareth Edwards what other movies helped inspire his approach, and learned that it wasn’t just Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope that he kept returning to. 

“When I begin a film and especially this one, I just grab a lot of images,” he said. “I go through all my photography books and film and design, and anything that fits your vision of the film, you bank them all – and there were thousands. Then I reduced them and handed out a PDF, which was how I saw the film, visually.”

Edwards adds that it was words from Ridley Scott, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick and George Lucas himself that served as his greatest inspiration when prepping Rogue One.

“Films that I used in there that got high score were Apocalypse Now; a little of Thin Red Line, and there’s a planet in our film that’s very much inspired by Alien,” he revealed. “Also Blade Runner, THX-1138 and of course the original Star Wars.”

An entire planet inspired by Alien? Keep your eyes peeled for that one.

And it wasn’t just Edwards name-dropping classic films that served as inspiration on the latest Star Wars adventure. “I think we went as far as we could in terms of making a kind of Saving Private Ryan-type Star Wars, so there was a lot of sweat going on in this film, definitely,” Felicity Jones said. “I think that’s what’s going to be special – I think people are going to feel like a rebel when they’re watching it. That they’re with them all the way!”

We’ll have much more with the cast and director of Rogue One as we get closer to its December 16 release date. Advance tickets for the film are now on sale right here at Fandango.

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