Key People Behind Rogue One

Rogue One is the best Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back. Not only that, it's also the best movie I've seen in long  time. I just got out of the theater, and I'm already thinking about going back. That's how much I loved it!

I could go on for hours about the film itself, but I'd rather take a closer look at the people who made it. Hundreds of professionals have worked very hard on this film, and it shows. It was a huge team effort brought together by loads of sharp talent, but there are three people who were key to the film's success.


Three people brought this vision into the real world, and I'd like to thank them - and the entire crew that worked with them - for taking the time to do it right.

So, let's take a minute and get to know these three key players and what they brought to the project.

Kathleen KENNEDY


Everybody keeps ranting about how Kathleen Kennedy is the most powerful woman in Hollywood, but I'd say she's a powerful figure regardless of gender. What's most impressive is how she can weigh in so heavily on a film without even being there!

Kennedy has done incredible things in her career. Just take a minute and look at her filmography on Imdb. Chances are, she's worked on one of your favorite movies. Kennedy has producer credit on notable titles such as Jurrassic Park, E.T., The Sixth Sense, and the Back to the Future Trilogy. There's a long list of incredible people she has worked with as well. Given her status as President of Lucasfilm Ltd., this isn't surprising.

Kennedy is a standout professional in her field and this shows in the long list of people she has worked with, and movies she has worked on. After all that, don't tell me you don't want to know more about her!

Here's what I've found from around the web. Definitely worth a read if you're interested in the people who bring your favorite films to the big screen.


Imdb Filmography: Kathleen Kennedy

Lucasfilm : Our Team/Kathleen Kennedy

Vanity Fair : "Meet the Most Powerful Woman in Hollywood" (by )


Story & Visual Effects

John Knoll is not the first name that comes to mind when people think of Star Wars. And yet, he's worked on ALL of them—even Episode IV in the 1997 special version. He worked as a writer, a producer and the lead effects supervisor on Rogue One. Knoll is also part of the original team who created Photoshop.

Just like Kathleen Kennedy, his Imdb filmography is impressive to read through. Who wouldn't want to meet him in person?

Personally, I would love to watch him work. I could do that for hours and days without getting bored, couldn't you? It'd be like watching Merlin make magic! We'll have to settle for the next best thing, so here are some interesting reads to satisfy your curiosity:


Imdb Filmography : John Knoll

Lucasfilm : Our Team / John Knoll

Wired : "Meet John Knoll, The Creative Genius Who Brought Rogue One To Life" (by Robert Capps)



Gareth Edwards arrived on the scene with his role as director in the 2014 film Godzilla. His Imdb filmography is not as impressive as the two above, but he's just getting started.  The Force Awakens, directed by  J.J. Abrams (whom I love) was nice, but Rogue One is the most epic title to his name. Like The Empire Strikes Back, it is a darker film with a more serious tone, and truly epic battles.

Here's what I could find about Gareth Edwards' role on Rogue One. Unlike James Gunn, he doesn't seem to do Facebook or social media.


Imdb FilmographyGareth Edwards

Slate : "Rogue One Director Gareth Edwards on Diversity, Reshoots, and..." (by Kyle Buchanan)

Fantastik Worlds : "Gareth Edwards on Rogue One"


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  1. David CORVAL on December 23, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    A lot of people are discussing at length that this Star Wars was designed to be liked, and that it wasn’t going to be so great if they hadn’t done a lot of re-shoots, etc. Fine, it was a tough movie to make, with a lot at stake to launch the concept of “stories”, and of course it was ment to be liked, it’s a movie 😀
    I had a great time, loved the film, and most of all I’m grateful to see such incredible images being made for the big screen. It’s just great : ) Any film is a miracle. Nothing happens as planned, and the film itself changes as the shoot it, edit and tweak it. That one probably could have been very different. I like it the way it is, liked its alchemy that reminded me of Empire Strikes Back and hope to see some more.

    What did you think?

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