“I can’t take credit for it”: Rogue One Director Believes George Lucas Was Unfairly Sidelined Despite His Undeniable Help in Making One of the Best Star Wars Movies

Director Gareth Edwards reflects on George Lucas's indispensable influence in crafting the brilliant film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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  • Gareth Edwards directed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is one of the best received movies in the entire saga.
  • Yet the filmmaker does not believe he is to be praised for the film, instead credits George Lucas for creating the Star Wars universe.
  • Rogue One offers a unique angle on the Star Wars mythos, and Edwards believe it is all Lucas' vision that made the movie brilliant.
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The Star Wars franchise has been around since 1977, but when it comes to the best Star Wars movie of all time, one would usually find Rogue One somewhere at the top of such a list. From its impressive visuals to offering a fresh perspective on the mythos, the movie had everything a fan needed.

Rogue One (2016)
A still from Rogue One (2016)

Directed by Gareth Edwards, the Welsh filmmaker received a ton of praise for his 2016 sci-fi epic. But unlike any other celebrity, Edwards does not want all of the credit. Instead, he hails George Lucas and his vision for giving him the opportunity to create such a brilliant film.

Gareth Edwards Credits George Lucas for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

George Lucas. | Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Star Wars creator George Lucas (Image: Joey Gannon | Wikimedia Commons)

A prequel to the first Star Wars movie, Rogue One tackles the events that happened a week before the events in the first film. Featuring a group of rebels wanting to steal the plans of Death Star, the movie offered a unique perspective of the mythos.


Currently one of the highest-ranked Star Wars movies on Rotten Tomatoes, it grossed more than $1 billion worldwide against a budget of $200 million (via Box Office Mojo). From cinematography to well-built characters, fans and critics extensively praised the film and it is now among one of the best Star Wars movies ever.

Yet, director Gareth Edwards does not want all of the credit to himself but rather believes that it is George Lucas who needs to be praised for creating the epic galactic saga.

“I do think there’s a lot of conversation about Rogue One and me and everything. And I honestly feel when I watch Rogue One, the person who doesn’t get enough credit is … George Lucas. Everything that’s great about that movie, you can pretty much trace back to George.”

Stated the director in an interview with Uproxx. While Lucas has not been directly involved in the Star Wars movies under Disney, his influence can still be felt for it was he who created the brilliant world and characters that have now become part of popular culture.


Gareth Edwards Also Credits George Lucas For One Memorable Rogue One Scene

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Gareth Edwards (Image: Gage Skidmore | Wikimedia Commons)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has several mesmerizing scenes and stills, yet it is Darth Vader who stands out in the movie despite a brief appearance. His murderous rampage was talked about the most after the movie’s release despite the whole movie being an incredible feature.

While talking to Uproxx, Gareth Edwards yet again gave all the praise to George Lucas and his vision for creating Darth Vader.

“And even the Darth Vader scene that lots of people talk about? I can’t take credit for it. Because it’s all George. You know what I mean? And if you see, it’s not a character from my film, it’s Star Wars. And we got to play in that sandbox for a bit and so I wouldn’t complain about any of it. I’d do it again if I had a time machine.”

Anyone who directs or is involved with the galactic saga owes it to George Lucas, for if he hadn’t believed in himself, the Star Wars franchise would have not existed today. And it is commendable how selfless Edwards is, despite creating one of the best movies of all time for the franchise.


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story can be streamed on Disney+.


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