The director of Rogue One brings a new perspective on one of the most debated characters in the Star Wars saga
Between Kyber crystals and Jedi training in Disney series, the question about whether Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones in Rogue One, is or is not sensitive to the Force has resurfaced in fan conversations. Finally, Gareth Edwards, the film’s director, has broken his silence.
The director’s opinion
Speculation began after the film’s release in 2016. Erso never wielded a lightsaber, but fans couldn’t help but think that her mother’s delivery of a Kyber crystal perhaps had a deeper meaning. Would it be an indication that mother or daughter had some special connection to the Force?
During a recent tour promoting his new feature film The Creator, Edwards was questioned about Erso’s Jedi potential. His response was enigmatic, but also illuminating. “I see the Force as a religion. It’s like telling a child: ‘Have faith in God.’ Doesn’t mean they are the Messiah“Edwards explained.
Between shadows and lights
It’s interesting to remember that even though Jyn Erso was not Force-sensitive, her story has left a lasting impact on the expanded Star Wars universe. Through novels and comics, fans have had the opportunity to further explore the life of this enigmatic heroine and her family. In fact, the character of Crazy Erso, Jyn’s father, takes a much more complex approach to the literature, revealing that he may have had more personal reasons for turning against the Empire. Additionally, Jyn’s connection to the Star of death, the Empire’s terrible weapon, adds an extra layer of meaning to their fight. He was not only seeking revenge or justice, but he carried the burden of righting a wrong that was linked to his own family. Without a doubt, even if Jyn Erso was not Force-sensitive, his legacy as a rebel and heroine resonates in every corner of the galaxy, proving that you don’t have to be a Jedi to change the course of history.
Not everything is black and white
Edwards’ statement gives a new focus to the issue. Do you really need to be the Messiah to do something great in your life? According to the filmmaker, not necessarily. This not only debunks theories that suggest Jyn is Force-sensitive, but also opens the door to new interpretations. This is especially relevant given Ahsoka Tano’s recent adventures in her Disney series, training Sabine Wren. although he shows no obvious signs of being Force sensitive.
The journey of Jyn Erso and her rebel squad to steal the plans to the Death Star takes place just a week before the events of A New Hope. In addition to Felicity Jones, the main cast includes Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn and other big names. With an estimated production budget of over $220 million, the film became a smash hitgrossing more than $1 billion worldwide.
A tragic but unforgettable destiny
Despite all the speculation and theories, the truth is that Erso is not a Jedi. And she’s also, sadly, dead after the final events of Rogue One. Still, her story and that of her team remain a crucial piece in the fight against the Empireadding more depth and context to the Star Wars saga we all know and love.