LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (REUTERS) - Typically of a Star Wars movie, details have been hard to come by for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first of the Walt Disney/Lucasfilm spin-offs from the main franchise.
But with less than two weeks to go before the movie's release, director Gareth Edwards has finally broken his silence on what is fact and what is fiction - including whether there are any links between 'Rogue One' and next year's Episode VIII.
"I think probably zero. I don't know how these things begin, these things you read online. Yeah, I don't know where that stuff comes from. It's hilarious because some of it you read it and you go 'That's a good idea' and other stuff you go 'Where did that come from?' and you can't react, you can't get involved, you just have to carry on making the film," said director Gareth Edwards.
He also hit back on negative press that the film had re-shoots, saying it was always part of the production schedule.
"It's more like listening to the movie, and it tells you its strengths and you go 'Oh let's do this, let's do that' and it's more exciting and interesting. And that's what happened on this, it's what happens on all these major films. It was always part of the plan, it's just when you make 'Star Wars', you have the whole world watching and everyone interested in it but it's pretty normal," said Edwards.
"It's nice now because we've had this big secret for so long and you can't tell your friends, you can't tell your family, you can't tell anybody and suddenly it's like 'Here you go'. It's like you're given Star Wars. Well, you're not given it, you're lent it. We've been this surrogate mother for a bit and now we're giving it back to the world and going 'We hope you like it.'"
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released in theatres here on Dec 15.