The ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Fan Theories Have Already Begun
Fan theories have become more prevalent in recent years — some fans basically refuse to accept an existing narrative as is, and reach (like, really reach) to read into something that isn’t there. For example: Ferris Bueller was a figment of Cameron’s imagination, or Chris Pratt’s character in Jurassic World was the raptor kid in Jurassic Park. And now a handful of fans have cooked up a new, half-baked theory about Star Wars: Rogue One, a film that won’t even hit theaters until next December.
As picked up by Slashfilm, this tweet has been going around, which posits that Diego Luna’s character in Rogue One is actually Biggs Darklighter, Luke Skywalker’s starfighter pilot pal from the first Star Wars film:
Okay, sure, they have similar hairstyles and they both have mustaches. Beyond that? There’s nothing to this theory.
Rogue One is said to center on a group of rebels who come together to plot a perilous heist. Their mission: retrieve the plans for the Death Star. We know the mission ultimately fails in one way or another, which makes Rogue One a pretty interesting concept — an interesting concept that doesn’t need a fan theory to improve it.
Fans often come up with these theories because it makes them feel smarter than the cinematic object of their affection, or they think it’s a fun, new way to look at something, or they think it improves the existing narrative by offering additional depth. Or they think they’ll get a lot of upvotes on Reddit.
It’s a willfull refusal to accept a movie as is, or to indulge in even the most basic reading of a narrative.
Star Wars: Rogue One hits theaters on December 16, 2016. We’ll probably learn more about Luna’s character, as well as the rest of the cast, sometime next year. You guys can hold your horses until then. It’s safe to assume that screenwriter Chris Whitta doesn’t need your help with the script.
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