'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'
Star Wars: Rogue One. Left to Right: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen. Lucasfilm 2016/ Jonathan Olley

A new theory about “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” looks at the possibility of flashbacks being used as a tool for character development. The character in focus is the protagonist Jyn Erso, and the theory is based on previous comments made by cast member Mads Mikkelsen.

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Mikkelsen (Galen Erso) had previously said that he has worked with three different actresses who all played the role of Jyn Erso. The first actress was four years old, the second was eight years old and finally he worked with Felicity Jones who is the lead in the upcoming film.

In a new video posted on YouTube, Mike Zeroh says that Lucasfilm is looking at a new way of character development in the upcoming movie. Mike believes that using flashbacks for character development is a “revolutionary idea” for the franchise. Especially since this is being done for a major character who is the lead in the film.

There is no mystery about the background of Jyn in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” She already knows where she’s coming from and who her parents are, unlike the character Rey (Daisy Ridley) who is the lead in the new trilogy.

Mike points out that some fans may have a problem with two female leads in the two new films from the franchise, but he has no problem with it. Readers should note that flashbacks also played an important role in “The Force Awakens” to tease the back-story of Rey, and it is expected to play an important role in the next movie as well.

For Jyn in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” although the fans already know about her past, the flashbacks will help show her struggles and the circumstances that made her the woman she has become now, Mike explained. Meanwhile, a report by Star Wars Underworld reveals that the run time for the upcoming film is 2 hours and 13 minutes.