Star Wars: Rogue One Originally Had Jedi

Ezra Bridger and Kanan in Star Wars Rebels

This post contains MINOR SPOILERS for Rogue One

One key way Rogue One: A Star Wars Story differs from the other seven live-action films in the franchise is that it marks the first time Jedi Knights are not present in a movie. There is a passing reference to Obi-Wan Kenobi and the striking image of a collapsed Jedi statue on Jedha, but none of the characters use the Light Side of the Force. The hokey religion still has a part to play in Rogue One, and the Dark Side is well-represented by Darth Vader, but this is a time period in galactic history where the Jedi are all but extinct.

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