The director of the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One, has explained to Entertainment Weekly that the new film will more deeply explore the concept of “the Force.” And, according to director Gareth Edwards it will have some interesting religious, and even social themes. (Warning, there are some minor spoilers about the plot in these quotes.)
Rogue One actually takes place before the original 1977 Star Wars film, and tells the story of the rebels missions to steal the Death Star. As Edwards explains, faith and the Force play a major role in the story. And, in Rogue One, The Force actually resides (sort of) on a physical planet, a sort of holy land for followers.
The Force is basically in Star Wars like a religion, and they’re losing their faith in the period that we start the movie. We were trying to find a physical location we could go to that would speak to the themes of losing your faith and the choice between letting the Empire win, or evil win, and good prevailing. It got embodied in this place we called Jedha … It’s a place where people who believe in the Force would go on a pilgrimage. It was essentially taken over by the Empire. It’s an occupied territory… for reasons we probably can’t reveal.
SOURCE: Relevant Magazine/Joy105.com