Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Directed by Gareth Edwards
Produced by Kathleen Kennedy
Tony To
Written by Gary Whitta
Chris Weitz
Starring Felicity Jones
Diego Luna
Riz Ahmed
Ben Mendelsohn
Donnie Yen
Jiang Wen
Forest Whitaker
Mads Mikkelsen
Alan Tudyk
Jonathan Aris
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Greig Fraser
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date(s) December 16, 2016
Country United States
Language English

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or Rogue One, is the first spinoff Star Wars film, and the second Star Wars film to be released by Disney. It was released on December 16, 2016.


On November 11, 2016, screenwriter Chris Weitz and writer Gary Whitta took to Twitter and posted "Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organization" and "Opposed by a multi-cultural group led by brave women", respectively. This, alongside their adopting during that time a customized Rebel Starbird logo with a safety pin attached to it, resulted in various people criticizing the resulting implication that the film was going to criticize then-President Elect Donald Trump (who at the time had just won the 2016 Presidential elections).[1][2] In large part because of this, as well as rumors about a reshoot being issued that would include more explicit anti-Trump themes, various Trump supporters demanded a boycott to the film,[3][4] despite Weitz's insistence that the rumor was fake.[5] Disney CEO Bob Iger eventually stated that Rogue One was not political at all at the December 10 premiere for Rogue One.[6] In addition, Weitz and Whitta, the same day they made the tweets, deleted the tweets (the only exception being the "Star Wars Against Hate. Spread It" post, which also ended up retweeted by Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker.[7]), with the former also issuing an apology on Twitter for "comments connecting an innocent escape to ugly politics" three days later.[8] Weitz later clarified in another tweet that he was only apologizing for calling the Empire white supremacists, and not for pushing anti-Trump opinions, stating he was still in solidarity with those threatened with the "vile season."[9] On a related note, before the tweet was deleted, when someone asked him if the tweet was officially sanctioned by Disney's legal teams, marketing team, and/or the board of directors due to the implication that the Star Wars franchise was being thrown into the middle of a political debate, Chris Weitz replied that the tweet was under his own volition to "fanboy", denying Disney had any involvement in the tweet, although he does maintain that Disney was "against. hate.".[10]

Notes and references

  1. Otterson, Joe (November 11, 2016). 'Star Wars' Against Hate: 'Rogue One' Writers Get Political. The Wrap. Retrieved on December 31, 2016.
  2. Siegel, Tatiana (November 21, 2016). 'Star Wars' Writers Get Political: Will Anti-Trump Tweets Hurt 'Rogue One'?. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on November 22, 2016.
  3. Trump fans urge Star Wars boycott over reshoot claims. BBC (December 9, 2016). Retrieved on December 31, 2017.
  4. White, Adam (December 9, 2016). #DumpStarWars: Alt-right Twitter call for Rogue One boycott, claiming 'antiTrump' reshoots. Telegraph. Retrieved on December 12, 2016.
  6. Guarino, Ben (December 13, 2016). Star Wars isn't political, says Disney chief responding to boycott by Trump supporters. He's wrong.. Washington Post. Retrieved on December 31, 2016.
  9. Tweet where Chris Weitz clarifies his apology
  10. Chris Weitz tweet column