Intervistato da Entertainment Weekly, Gareth Edwards ha parlato del nuovo pianeta di Jedha.
“The Force is basically in Star Wars like a religion, and they’re losing their faith in the period that we start the movie. We were trying to find a physical location we could go to that would speak to the themes of losing your faith and the choice between letting the Empire win, or evil win, and good prevailing. It got embodied in this place we called Jedha.”
Jedha sembra un paese del medioriente, con sabbia, mercati, architettura ottomana.
“It’s a place where people who believe in the Force would go on a pilgrimage. It was essentially taken over by the Empire. It’s an occupied territory… for reasons we probably can’t reveal. There’s something very important in Jedha that serves both the Jedi and the Empire. It felt very much like something we could relate to in the real world.”
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“Within Jedha, even though there’s the oppressive foot of the Empire hanging over them, there’s a resistance that won’t give up and our characters have to go and meet people there to try and secure a person from this group. In a wider level, there must be loads of people who just believe in the Jedi and believe in the Force and have been affected by it,” Edwards says. “If it’s a really ancient religion, as Obi-Wan Kenobi said, it’s got to exist in thousands or millions of people in the galaxy.”
Sul pianeta troveremo un monaco guerriero Chirrut Imwe, interpretato da Donnie Yen.
Chirrut è cieco ed è accompagnato dal suo protettore e guida Baze Malbuz (Jiang Wen), che non crede alla Forza, ma ai poteri del suo amico.
Su Jedha si rifugia anche Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed) un pilota imperiale che ora è passato nelle fila della Resistenza contro il regime dell’Imperatore Palpatine.
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